The 8th President's Centennial Dinner took place on 29 October 2019 at the Taj Falaknuma Palace, in Hyderabad, India, on the eve of the 50th Union World Conference on Lung Health.
Located 2,000 feet above the city of Hyderabad, the Taj Falaknuma Palace is described as “a jewel amongst the clouds”. This splendid palace was built in 1894 by Sir Viqar-ul-Umra, the Prime Minister of Hyderabad, in a classical style from Italian marble. It has hosted royalty and dignitaries from all over the globe, including King George V, Queen Mary, Edward VIII and Tsar Nicholas II.
The 7th President's Centennial Dinner took place on 23 October 2018 in the Ridderzaal, ‘Hall of Knights’, part of the Binnenhof, the Dutch parliamentary buildings in The Hague.
This beautiful thirteenth century building has a significant place in The Union’s history. In 1932, the 8th Union World Conference on Tuberculosis held its opening ceremony in the Ridderzaal. Her Majesty Emma, the mother of Queen Wilhelmina, and His Royal Highness Prince Hendrik attended the opening.
The 6th President's Centennial Dinner took place in Guadalajara, Mexico, on Tuesday, 10 October 2017.
The dinner was held in the Hospicio Cabañas, a UNESCO world heritage site in the historic downtown of Guadalajara. This stunning building is one of the oldest and largest hospital complexes in the Americas.
Founded 100 years ago, The Union is the world’s very first global health nonprofit. The Union is the only organization that collects scientific evidence, translates that evidence into new solutions, and then sees those solutions implemented widely in the real world.
The 4th President’s Centennial Dinner took place at the Cavalli Wine and Stud Farm in Somerset West, near Cape Town, South Africa on Wednesday, 2 December 2015. Union supporters gathered to celebrate its 95-year history and enjoy the renowned Cavalli vineyards, gardens, art gallery and restaurant.
The 3rd President’s Centennial Dinner took place on Tuesday, 28 October 2014, during the 45th Union World Conference on Lung Health in Barcelona, Spain. Close to 250 people enjoyed cocktails on the plaza of the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya in Parc de Montjüic, overlooking the city, then dined in the spectacular Sala de la Cúpula.
The reputation of the President’s Dinner as an event not to be missed during the World Conference grew in 2013. The second dinner in Paris, France attracted a capacity crowd of 200 to the elegant Cercle National des Armées on Wednesday, 30 October 2013.
Long-time member Prof Lee B Reichman welcomed the guests and President E Jane Carter spoke about the importance of continuing research and education to fulfill The Union’s vision.
The Centennial Campaign was launched on 13 November 2012 at the 1st President’s Centennial Dinner in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Envisioned as a series of dinners held each year in conjunction with the World Conference, this first event created momentum for years ahead.
The spacious, modern Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre in Malaysia, with its lush garden and view of the Petronas Towers, proved a very congenial setting for the 43rd Union World Conference on Lung Health.
Supporters of the Centennial Dinner
Corporations, foundations and individuals can all invest in the Centennial Campaign, recognising that millions of lives have been improved and saved through The Union's work in its first 100 years – and that many millions more will benefit over the coming decades. As we approach our centennial, we commemorate our progress against tuberculosis and other diseases and towards building capacity at every level of the health system. We have come far, but our work is not over. The Centennial Campaign will support our next century of global impact.
The President’s Centennial Dinner is an annual event that commemorates the many advances The Union has made against tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, and illnesses caused by tobacco use, as well as considering the public health challenges we still face. This occasion, on the eve of the Union World Conference on Lung Health, gathers friends of The Union, like-minded scientists, academics, activists and politicians all united in continuing the fight against these deadly diseases that too often target the world’s most vulnerable people. The funds raised from this dinner are used to support our next century of global impact.
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