Mentor International’s 25th Anniversary Gala

It was 25 years ago that Mentor International, Mentor Foundation USA’s affiliate, was founded by H.M. Queen Silvia of Sweden together with members of the World Health Organization (WHO).

We would like to extend our warmest thanks to Her Highness Princess Sora Saud, the many Ambassadors, U.S. government officials, philanthropists, business leaders, and Mentor friends who joined us this special evening.  It was great seeing so many old and new friends of Mentor celebrating together – all in support of youth.

Honorary Committee

Sir James D. Wolfensohn
The Honorable Senator Ben Cardin
The Honorable Congressman David Trone
The Honorable Congressman Gerald E. Connolly
Her Excellency Ambassador Karin Olofsdotter
His Excellency Ambassador Yasser Reda
His Excellency Ambassador Rolandas Krisciunas
Her Excellency Ambassador Maguy Maccario Doyle
His Excellency Ambassador Fernanado Oris de Roa
His Excellency Ambassador Tihomir Stoytchev
Her Excellency Ambassador Kirsti Kauppi
His Excellency Ambassador Kåre R. Aas
His Excellency Ambassador Kurt Jaeger
His Excellency Ambassador Ashok Kumar Mirpuri
His Excellency Ambassador László Szabó
His Excellency Ambassador Gaston Stronck
Her Excellency Ambassador Roya Rahmani
His Excellency Ambassador David Newman and Mrs. Newman
His Excellency Dr. Arjun Kumar Karki and Gauree Thakuri

Dinner Committee

Mr. LaMont Wells – Kairos Growth Strategies, LLC
Mr. Rich Merski – Head of International Public Policy, Cigna
Structured Finance Foundation
Mr. Francisco Semiao – President of the American Association of Knights and Dames of the Dynastic Orders of the Portuguese Royal House
Ms. Sandy Taylor – Young Musical Scholars Foundation
Mr. Terry Rice – CEO and Founder, Epigen Technology Corporation
Ms. Diana Villareal – Director, Tysons Chamber of Commerce
Dr. Vivek C. Taneja – Co-Founder & President, Dynamo Technologies
Mr. Kevin Jakel – United Patents
Ms. Yana Kravtsova – United Patents
Mr. Brady Bassford – Prudential Financial
Mr. Robert Hirt – Prudential Financial


Mentor USA galas are valuable reminders of hope — You’ll leave feeling inspired and rest assured that today’s youth always have a place to call home.

- H.H. Princess Sora Saud

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About Mentor Foundation USA

Mentor Foundation USA is a Delaware registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and a member affiliate of Mentor International. Mentor Foundation USA works with innovative, evidence-based intervention approaches to prevent youth substance use and promote health and well-being.

About Mentor International

Mentor International is a Swiss-registered charity established in 1994 by H.M. Queen Silvia of Sweden in collaboration with The World Health Organization. Mentor International is the leading international not-for-profit network preventing substance use and promoting the health and well-being of youth. Mentor International’s mission is now promoted in USA, Sweden, Latvia, Lithuania, Germany, UK, Denmark and in Lebanon, serving 22 Arab countries.

Mentor International, together with Mentor USA and the other Mentor organizations around the world, is the leading international not-for-profit network empowering young people to live healthy lives, free of substance use. Over the past quarter of a century, the Mentor network has provided support to youth in over 80 countries reaching more than 6 million children.