2021


THE EIGHTH ANNUAL WILLIAM F. BUCKLEY JR. PRIZE DINNER
OCTOBER 21, 2021 | DALLAS, TEXAS

HONORING

The Federalist Society
The William F. Buckley Jr. Prize for Leadership in Political Thought

AND

Former President, The Philanthropy Roundtable
The William F. Buckley Jr. Prize for Leadership in Supporting Liberty


DINNER CO-CHAIRS

John P. Buser | Harlan Crow | Peter J. Travers

BUCKLEY CIRCLE SPONSORS

The Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation

PLATINUM SPONSORS

Laurel and Cliff Asness, Connecticut

GOLD SPONSORS

Anonymous
The Bahnsen Group
Wendy and Dale Brott, Ohio
Virginia James, New Jersey
Randy and Ken Kendrick, Arizona
Suzie and Bruce Kovner, Florida
Debbie and Brian Murdock, Florida
Napa Institute
Paul E. Singer Foundation
Karen and Richard Spencer, California
Alice and Ken Starr, Texas
Karan and Alec Taylor, New Jersey
Madelene and L. Stanton Towne, New York
Nicholas H. Travers, Texas 

SILVER SPONSORS

The American Federation for Children
Erika and John Ammirati, California
Anonymous
Bradley Impact Fund
Stephanie Carlton, Texas
Janet and Brad Childers, Texas
Teresa and Jack Clem, Texas
Kristen and Charles Correll, California
Audrey and Peter Denton, Florida
DonorsTrust
Eric O’Keefe, Wisconsin
The Ryan Foundation
Anthony Scaramucci, New York
Stand Together
State Policy Network
Teneo
Leah and James Turner, Indiana
Julianne and Michael Woronoff, California

BRONZE SPONSORS

Richard V. Allen, Colorado
American Philanthropic
Kate and Mark Anderson, Texas
Anonymous
J. Robert Arnett II, Texas
Allison and Roberts W. Brokaw III, Delaware
Catherine and Jason Carr, Texas
Michael Grebe, Wisconsin
The Albert & Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation
The Hon. John Hillen, Virginia
Holtzman Vogel Baran Torchinsky Josefiak
William K. Hoskins, Massachusetts
Susan K. and James D. Jordan, Texas
Joe and Tayler Lonsdale, Texas
Evelyn O’Byrne, New York / American Institute for Economic Research
Diane and Thomas O’Leary, Florida
Eddie Perkin, Massachusetts
The Philanthropy Roundtable
Erica McLain and Jacob Plummer, Texas
Kelli and Allen Questrom, Texas
Nancy Reeves Reardon, Massachusetts
Virginia and Preston Simpson, Texas
Tiffany Steffens, Texas
Dr. Jennifer Lowney and Dr. Baran Sumer, Texas
John Tillman, Illinois
Mary Beth and Dick Weiss, Florida
Abby and George Yates, Texas
Penny and Bob Young, Florida
Young Americans for Liberty

BURKE TO BUCKLEY HOST COMMITTEE

Shannon Cagnina, 2015
Stephanie Carlton, 2020
Richard Flake, 2019
Andrew Graham, 2015
Kent Sholars, 2017


About our Honorees

The William F. Buckley Jr. Prize for Leadership in Political Thought will be awarded to Leonard Leo and Eugene Meyer for their consequential leadership of The Federalist Society. Over the past four decades, The Federalist Society has reshaped jurisprudence toward a responsible adherence to our Constitutional framework. The support and cultivation of lawyers committed to the principles of a free society and a limited constitutional government has been crucial to protecting American liberty under law. Further, in a political environment hostile to civil discourse, The Federalist Society fosters open debate and discussion of important legal topics for students and professionals across the country.

The William F. Buckley Jr. Prize for Leadership in Supporting Liberty, which recognizes conservative philanthropy, will be awarded to Adam Meyerson in recognition of his longtime leadership of The Philanthropy Roundtable, a nonprofit membership organization designed to build a vibrant philanthropic movement that strengthens our free society. During his nearly two-decade-long tenure, Adam built the Roundtable into a world class leader in effective and purposeful philanthropy by growing a strong community of conservative philanthropists, working to protect donor intent and fighting for philanthropic freedom on the state and federal levels. His work has enabled numerous Americans to advance the principles of a free society through charitable giving. In addition to his work at the Roundtable, Adam has spent the last 45 years as a successful leader of major journalistic, policy, and philanthropic institutions, including The American Spectator, the Wall Street Journal, and the Heritage Foundation. Further, his leadership on the boards of National Review Institute, State Policy Network, and Donors Capital Fund are indicative of his commitment to our broader movement.

About The Gala

For his entire life, our founder, William F. Buckley Jr., sought to preserve and buttress the foundations of our free society. To honor his achievement and inspire others, National Review Institute’s Board of Trustees created the William F. Buckley Jr. Prizes for Leadership in Political Thought and Leadership in Supporting Liberty. Notable public intellectuals, philanthropists, and leaders in the conservative movement join us each fall to show support for our honorees, Bill Buckley’s enduring legacy, and the National Review mission.