The Society inaugurated its Annual Gala dinner in 2006 to celebrate successful joint ventures between American and Turkish corporations, starting with the 50-year partnership of Ford Motor Company and Koç Holding in Turkey. Our celebrations have since highlighted the partnerships of Citi-Sabancı Holding; GE and Doğuş Group; The Coca-Cola Company and Anadolu Group; Turkcell’s ten years on the New York Stock Exchange; Turner Broadcasting Systems and Doğan Media Group. In 2013 we celebrated our 65th anniversary with a Gala on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. In 2015, we expanded the conversation by honoring Hüsnü Özyeğin, Founder and Chairman of FIBA Holding and Hamdi Ulukaya, Founder and CEO of Chobani, for their philanthropic and humanitarian work, respectively. As The Society’s main fundraising event, the dinner raises support for our educational and cultural programs, including scholarships, exchanges, residencies, cultural performances, lectures, and grants.
The American Turkish Society's annual gala dinner celebrates the successful partnerships of American and Turkish corporations and honors the extraordinary business leaders that exemplify the U.S.-Turkish friendship and cooperation. Proceeds from the gala dinner support The American Turkish Society's educational and cultural programs and activities. The American Turkish Society Fourth Annual Gala Dinner, May 28, 2009 Honored Muhtar Kent and Tuncay zilhan at the Pierre Hotel in New York.
2022: Honoring American and Turkish Entrepreneurs
2021: Honoring Ahmet & Mica Ertegun
2019: Honoring Vehbi Koc Foundation
2018: Dr. Mehmet Oz
2017: Endometriosis Foundation of America & Yemeksepeti
2015: Chobani & Fiba Holding
2013: ATS 65th Anniversary
2012: Turner Broadcasting Systems & Doğan Media Group
2011: NYSE Euronext & Turkcell
2009: The Coca-Cola Company & Anadolu Group
2008: GE & Doğuş Group
2007: Citi & Sabancı Holding
2006: Ford & Koç Holding