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Taiwan's Representative to the US, Ambassador Stanley Kao, throws first pitch at Braves game

On June 16, Ambassador Stanley Kao of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Washington, DC, threw a fastball to begin the game between the Atlanta Braves and the Miami Marlins. An audience of nearly 40,000 cheered. Before the game, Ambassador and Madame Kao hosted nearly 300 members of the local Taiwanese community at a reception on the Batter's Eye Deck. At that event, Ambassador and Madame Kao drew raffle tickets for two winners of round-trip tickets to Taipei, courtesy of China Airlines and EVA Airlines.

Ambassador Kao was once the Taiwanese Consul General in Atlanta, and he and his wife attended many Braves games. After His Excellency's pitch and the US National Anthem, Madame Kao called, “Play ball.”

To make June 16 an even better day for Taiwan, the Atlanta City Council issued a proclamation honoring Taiwan Day. Distinguished guests at the game included former Georgia GOP chairman John Padgett; Bob Gray, City Council member from Johns Creek; State Representative Matt Dollar; Robert Kennedy, president of the Atlanta Council on International Relations; and Charles Shapiro, president of the World Affairs Council of Atlanta. The Consul Generals of Belgium, Honduras and Haiti were also in attendance.



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