The Encyclopaedia Iranica, a multi-disciplinary reference work and research tool designed to record the facts of Iranian history and civilisation, was the focus of our 2004 Inaugural Gala Dinner. Founded by Dr. Ehsan Yarshater at Columbia University Center for Iranian Studies, the work is both a comprehensive and extensive presentation of the Persianate civilisation. Magic of Persia awarded Encyclopaedia Iranica with an educational grant to continue this masterpiece of scholarly work. Dr. Shirin Ebadi, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate known for her outstanding work with children, women and human rights issues, spoke on video when extenuating circumstances prevented her from appearing as the Honorary Speaker. The proceeds from this event went to Encyclopaedia Iranica, the British Museum and the Mehran David Foundation.