2014 ASEF Gala in US
On Sunday, February 23, 2014, the ASEF Inaugural Gala Fundraiser Dinner took place at the Sofitel Hotel in Redwood City in California. Suzana Ograjenšek, a Slovene soprano, and the SLOWIND woodwind quintet, featuring soloists from the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, performed a program of Slovene and American compositions.
The Honorary Consul of Slovenia, Thomas J. Brandi, offered introductory remarks and Rev. Michael E. Engh, S.J., President of Santa Clara University, delivered the invocation. Dr. Božo Cerar, Ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia to the U.S., extended his greetings and read a letter in support of the Foundation from Borut Pahor, President of the Republic of Slovenia. Richard S. Gordon, California State Senate Assembly Member (24th District) offered greetings as well. Jure Leskovec and Peter Rožič, S.J., members of the ASEF Board of Directors, presented the Foundation. All together about eighty people attended the Gala in California.