2013 Benefit Banquet featuring distinguished speaker Ambassador Christopher Hill

Join CIR Citizen Diplomats for an elegant summer evening on La Fonda’s dramatic rooftop terrace!

with distinguished guest speaker:

Ambassador Christopher Hill

Former Ambassador to Iraq, Korea, Poland and Macedonia and Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs

Major Foreign Policy Changes Facing the U.S.

Location: La Terraza, La Fonda Hotel, on the Santa Fe Plaza

100 East San Francisco St., 6:00 p.m.


Cost: $100 CIR Members

$125 Nonmembers & Guests (includes a complimentary one-year membership to CIR)

Full tables available for a discounted price


Reservations must be made by Monday, July 29.

We are close to capacity on this event.  If you would still like to make reservations, please contact the CIR office:  982-4931. .

The Santa Fe Council on International Relations is pleased to present its annual Benefit Banquet 2013.  This delightful evening begins with cocktails on La Fonda’s outdoor terrace, followed by an elegant meal and culminating with a talk by our distinguished guest speaker, Ambassador Christopher Hill.  This premier summer event celebrates CIR’s many years of hosting international visitor leaders sponsored by the U.S. Department of State as well as our many educational programs that bring greater knowledge of world affairs to the community of Santa Fe.

Our guest speaker for the CIR Benefit Banquet, Ambassador Christopher Hill, is recipient of multiple awards and honors in international affairs.  He served as ambassador to Iraq (2009-20010), Korea (2004 – 2005), Poland (2000 -2004) and Macedonia (1996 -1999).  He was named Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs (2005- 2009) and was Special Envoy to Kosovo (1998 1999).  Ambassador Hill was a member of the team that negotiated the Bosnia peace settlement.  In 2005 he was named Head of the U.S. delegation to the six-party talks to resolve the North Korea nuclear crisis.  In China and South Korea he has become a diplomatic celebrity for his role as chief envoy for talks with the North Koreans.


Ambassador Hill’s father was a diplomat in the Foreign Service and as a youth he traveled to many countries.  After his family was expelled from Haiti they relocated to Rhode Island where he graduated from the Moses Brown School.  He holds a BA in economics from Bowdoin College and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon from 1974 -1976.  In 1977 he joined the State Department serving in economic affairs with an early posting to the embassy in Seoul.  Ambassador Hill received a MS from the Naval War College in 1994.  In 2010 he was selected as Dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver.

In 2005 he was named a Distinguished Graduate of the Naval War College and in 2008 the Pacific Century Institute selected him for the prestigious “Building Bridges” Award.  He is a recipient of the Frasure Award for Peace Negotiations for his work in Kosovo and he holds other awards including Honorary Citizenship in Macedonia.  Ambassador Hill is married to the former Julie Ann Ryczek and they have three grown children.

Purchase your tickets online below or by calling the CIR Office 982-4931.

Please specify your entree selection in the “other information” box when placing your order.  Choices include: (1) Pork Tenderloin Medallions with Roasted Pinon-Saffron Couscous, (2) Oven poached Sea Bass on Garlic & Wild Mushroom Polenta, (3) Vegetarian Plate with Cashew Cake.  ALSO: please notify us if you are allergic to nuts.

Some parking will be available at La Fonda.  Additional alternate parking will be at the Cathedral Public Parking Lot behind La Fonda.

Community Sponsors:

Capitas Financial                Los Alamos National Bank


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