2017

NOW ANNOUNCING:

 THE FOURTH ANNUAL WILLIAM F. BUCKLEY JR. PRIZE DINNER

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2017
NEW YORK CITY • GOTHAM HALL

The Annual William F. Buckley Jr. Prize Dinner brings together an audience of conservative leaders, philanthropists, and friends of National Review Institute from around the country to celebrate the lasting legacy of William F. Buckley Jr and our esteemed honorees. The William F. Buckley Jr. Prize was created to honor those who advance the principles Buckley championed during his lifetime and foster the conservative movement that he helped launch.

To honor WFB’s achievement and inspire others, National Review Institute’s Board of Trustees has created the William F. Buckley Jr. Prizes for Leadership in Political Thought and Leadership in Supporting Liberty. We hope you will join us this year in New York City.


THIS YEAR’S HONOREES:

Recognizing accomplishments in the arts and letters

TOM WOLFE

The Prize for Leadership in Political Thought will be awarded to Tom Wolfe, recognizing his acclaimed writing and his influence on American culture over five decades. Bill Buckley had a cherished friendship with Mr. Wolfe, and admired him as a unique man of letters. In 1970, on one of several Firing Line episodes with Mr. Wolfe, WFB described his guest as “probably the most skillful writer in America . . . he can do more things with words than anyone else.”

 

 

BRUCE AND SUZIE KOVNER

The Prize for Leadership in Supporting Liberty, which recognizes conservative philanthropy, will be awarded to Bruce and Suzie Kovner for their support and leadership of organizations that defend private enterprise, free markets and free trade, protect individual rights, and scholarly research that strengthens American democratic principles; for their support of education reform, particularly charter schools; and for their leadership of the major performing arts institutions of New York City. Bill Buckley loved free enterprise, classical liberalism, conservative policy reform, and the arts—especially music. Like Bill, Mr. Kovner plays the harpsichord. WFB also admired the kind of philanthropy in which the Kovners have engaged for many years.


HOST COMMITTEE IN FORMATION

Please know that the host committee is in formation. To register as a sponsor at this special event, please click here or contact Alexandra Zimmern by email (alexandra@nrinstitute.org) or phone (212-849-2858). All sponsor pledges or gifts must be received prior to August 1, 2017 to be included in the forthcoming invitation.

By supporting the Prize Dinner, you will help the Institute to preserve and promote Bill Buckley’s legacy and carry out his directive that NRI complement the mission of National Review, a magazine of politics and culture.

Individual tickets will go on sale soon starting at $1,000. More information will be available soon.

We hope to celebrate with you in NYC this fall!


TRAVEL & ACCOMMODATIONS 

For out of town guests, NRI has rooms at a discounted rate at The Knickerbocker Hotel, where a shuttle to Gotham Hall will be provided. In addition, we have a very limited number of discounted rooms available at The Algonquin. Please be sure to make your reservations at your earliest convenience to guarantee your spot by contacting the hotel directly. 
 
 All flights to and from NYC airports from 10/15-11/5 are entitled to NRI’s 10% discount on Delta Airlines. When booking your travel, enter “NMQNP” in the meeting code on Delta’s homepage: https://www.delta.com 

 

 

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