The Board of Directors of The American Turkish Society and Gala Chair Martha Stewart are pleased to invite you to join us for the 2018 American Turkish Society Gala on May 2, 2018. At the gala we will present Dr. Mehmet Oz with the 2018 American Turkish Society Outstanding Achievement Award.  We hope you will join us in honoring the outstanding achievements of Dr. Oz by supporting this exciting event. The gala will be held at The Plaza in New York. 


Dr. Oz has won nine Daytime Emmy Awards for The Dr. Oz Show and is a professor of Surgery at Columbia University.  He directs the Complementary Medicine Program at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and performs 50 heart operations annually. His research includes heart replacement surgery, minimally invasive surgery, alternative medicine and health care policy. He has authored over 400 original publications, book chapters, and medical books, and has received numerous patents. He also hosts the internationally syndicated radio broadcast Daily Dose. He writes a newspaper column syndicated by Hearst in 175 markets internationally, and has a magazine, The Good Life, with Hearst, which was voted the hottest new publication in 2014.


The gala celebrates more than 60 years of The American Turkish Society’s work in developing US-Turkey relations and cross-cultural programming. At the event we welcome guests from the public and private sectors, including diplomats, leading business executives, artists, scholars and thought leaders from Turkey and the United States. Proceeds from the evening directly benefit The American Turkish Society’s education, arts, culture, and business programs.


The American Turkish Society’s scholarship programs include The School of Visual Arts Summer Residency, the Arif Mardin Fellowship at Berklee College of Music and the Ahmet Ertegun Memorial Scholarship at The Julliard School. These programs give talented Turkish musicians and artists the opportunity to study at some of the best schools in the U.S. The Society also offers grant programs in the fields of both education and the arts through our Curriculum Development and Moon & Stars Grants. Finally, The Society’s popular, annual New York Turkish Film Festival is an important cultural event where the best of Turkish films are introduced to both Turkish and American audiences.  All our programs serve as a gateway to cross-cultural dialogue and understanding between U.S. and Turkey.


We hope you will join us in honoring Dr. Mehmet Oz. Your participation will help make this event a fitting tribute to an extraordinary man and will be an important gift to The Society.


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Past Galas

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 philantrhopic 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.                              


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