2022


THE NINTH ANNUAL WILLIAM F. BUCKLEY JR. PRIZE DINNER
SEPTEMBER 29, 2022
THE RONALD REAGAN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY
SIMI VALLEY, CALIFORNIA

HONORING

LARRY KUDLOW
The William F. Buckley Jr. Prize for Leadership in Political Thought

AND

YOUNG AMERICA’S FOUNDATION
The William F. Buckley Jr. Prize for Leadership in Supporting Liberty

Tickets are on sale! For more information and to register, click here

Tours of the Reagan Presidential Library Museum

We are offering two tours the day of the gala, 11:00am to 12:30pm and 12:30pm to 2:00pm. If you would like, you will be able to buy lunch in the library cafeteria before or after your tour. Please indicate on the registration page if you would like to participate in a tour. Tickets are covered, but lunch is on the individual.

Travel

We have arranged a discount with Delta. Please note it only applies to flights to LAX.

Delta Air Lines is pleased to offer special discounts for WFBJ PRIZE DINNER. Please click here to book your flights! You may also call Delta Meeting Network® at 1.800.328.1111* Monday–Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. (CT) and refer to Meeting Event Code NMW2N

*Please note there is not a service fee for reservations booked and ticketed via their reservation 800 number.

Accommodations

We have secured a room block at The Four Seasons Westlake Village for out-of-town guests for 9/27 to 9/30. Rooms within those dates begin at $305. To make your reservation, click here and enter the group promo code 220927NRR. We recommend making your reservations soon.

We hope you can join us this fall!

About The Honorees

Lawrence “Larry” Kudlow has been a staunch supporter of free-market economics over the course of his career and has highlighted important financial trends. He is a Fox News Media anchor.  His daily show, Kudlow, provides an upbeat free-market perspective on the news of the day and regularly tops the business-television ratings. Mr. Kudlow served as Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and was the Director of the National Economic Council. He was a key figure helping to develop the President’s tax cuts and deregulatory efforts, and played a major role in renegotiating trade deals that treated U.S. exporters more fairly. Prior to this stint in the White House, Mr. Kudlow was a CNBC Senior Contributor and host of CNBC’s primetime show The Kudlow Report. For many years prior he served as the Chief Economist at Bear Stearns & Company. During President Reagan’s first term, Mr. Kudlow was associate director for economics and planning at the Office of Management and Budget. For decades he, along with Art Laffer, has been the leading public advocate for Reagan’s supply-side policies. Nobody understands these policies better than Mr. Kudlow, who was there at the beginning, and nobody has been a better public advocate of supply-side market ideology. Very few people are more qualified to provide honest critique of Federal Reserve monetary policy. He started his career as an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and has maintained a strong finger on the pulse of the flows and excesses of monetary policy for decades. Mr. Kudlow was a senior editor of National Review magazine, as well as a columnist and economics editor for NationalReview.com. He and his wife, Judy, were very close personal friends with Bill and Pat Buckley and Judy is well-known for her legendary piano duets with Bill. Mr. Kudlow was educated at the University of Rochester and Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

Young Americans for Freedom was established in 1960 at the home of William F. Buckley Jr. in Sharon, Connecticut. Those gathered adopted the Sharon Statement, a timeless and succinct statement of American conservative principles. In 1969, Young America’s Foundation (originally called University Information Services) was established at Vanderbilt University to promote conservative ideas among students. The two organizations merged in 2011, with Young Americans for Freedom becoming a project of Young America’s Foundation. Today, Young Americans for Freedom is the official student membership program of Young America’s Foundation. Over the decades, YAF has demonstrated that, contrary to what many assert, young people can be energized, organized, and mobilized by conservative ideals. The organization rallied for Goldwater and Reagan—even before it was cool. In 1962, future President Ronald Reagan joined YAF’s national advisory board, eventually becoming its honorary national chairman and addressing numerous YAF audiences before, during, and after his Presidency. YAF emphasizes education in conservative principles by organizing conferences and campus lectures to teach the next generation about the ideas of limited government, traditional values, a strong national defense, and free enterprise. YAF has also published original works that counteract the left-wing bias found in our schools. In addition, YAF has a long and impactful history of facing down attacks on free speech and students’ rights—and fighting back successfully. In 1988, YAF won a momentous Supreme Court victory, Boos v. Barry, overturning 50 years of precedent and defending the right of protestors to decry the evils of the Soviet Union. The Court struck down a District of Columbia law prohibiting protests outside embassies. Countless activists across the political spectrum have enjoyed that exercise of their free-speech rights since then. Three decades later, YAF won a landmark case against the University of California, Berkeley, for discrimination against conservative views, forcing the school to pay a settlement and abolish its discriminatory policies. For decades, YAF has been the leading organization bringing conservative speakers to our nation’s campuses. Even the New York Times acknowledged that YAF is “the conservative force” behind the free speech movement on campus and beyond. In 1998, YAF deepened its connection to Ronald Reagan when it saved his Western White House, Rancho del Cielo, outside Santa Barbara, California. In 2020, YAF saved the Reagan Boyhood Home in Dixon, Illinois, and just this past summer, YAF acquired President Reagan’s birthplace in Tampico, Illinois. These historic, Presidential sites allow YAF to establish a beachhead in the middle of the country, through which YAF educates and inspires even greater numbers of young people about our 40th President and his timeless conservative principles. From addresses by prominent conservative leaders, including Ronald Reagan, William F. Buckley Jr., Margaret Thatcher, and Milton Friedman, to conferences which have become a rite of passage for all young conservatives, YAF’s unique educational programs empower students to embrace and boldly share conservative values throughout their lives. Ron Robinson served as Young America’s Foundation’s president for 43 years. He was instrumental in its growth—including seeking out YAF’s current president, Governor Scott Walker, who became the organization’s leader in February 2021. Under Governor Walker’s leadership, YAF continues to reach increasing numbers of young people nationwide.

About The Gala

For his entire life, Bill Buckley sought to preserve and buttress the foundations of our free society. To honor his achievement and inspire others, NRI’s Board of Trustees has created the William F. Buckley Jr. Prizes for Leadership in Political Thought and Leadership in Supporting Liberty. The William F. Buckley Jr. Prize Dinner is an annual marquee event in the conservative movement that we move around the country each year to reach our broad base of supporters. Past galas hosted in New York City, Dallas, San Francisco, Chicago, and Palm Beach have allowed us to connect with our supporters in those areas and grow our national enterprise. We look forward to returning to California this fall, an area of strategic importance for National Review Institute.

Today, National Review Institute is enhancing and expanding its programs to better fulfill its mission—from equipping young conservative professionals and journalists, to promoting the work of the nation’s foremost proponents of a free society. With your help NRI continues to spread its influence and reach.