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LDS Church Hosts UN Diplomats at Radio City Christmas Spectacular
Kent Larsen 7Jan00 N1

LDS Church member and sports executive David Checketts came through again for the Church, allowing it to host 68 United Nations Ambassadors and Consuls with their families at Radio City Music Hall's famous Christmas Spectacular on Friday, December 10th. Checketts is CEO and President of Madison Square Garden, which owns Radio City Music Hall in addition to the midtown New York sports arena for which the company is named. Prior to the Christmas Spectacular performance, Checketts and his wife Deb hosted a reception for the diplomats.

Also greeting the Ambassadors and Consuls at the reception were LDS Church member Jane Clayson, co-host of CBS's new morning talk show, 'The Early Show,' who attended as a special guest, and Elder Karl and Sister Donna Snow, representing the LDS Church from its New York International Affairs Office.

Member couples from the New York International Diplomatic Relations Committee served as special hosts for the evening, presenting each diplomat with a copy of the Church's Proclamation on the Family printed in their native language. Preparing the proclamations must have been an effort in itself because the diplomats represented 54 countries throughout Europe and South America. The diplomats were also given a CD of Christmas Music performed by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and a CD-ROM containing the LDS Church's PAF program.

Several diplomats were very interested in the LDS Church's activities in their countries. Ambassador Ion Goritza of Romania inquired about the several humanitarian projects that had been undertaken in his country as noted on the map of a large display prepared by LDS Charities. More interesting was the reaction of Mrs. Marcela Galuskova, wife of the UN Ambassador from the Czech Republic, who said that she and her husband were invited to many functions but this was a first she had attended where the family had been invited.


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