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
INTRODUCED BY CHRISTOPHER BUCKLEY
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
INTRODUCED BY ARTHUR BROOKS
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 promotes 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.
SPECIAL PROGRAM FEATURES
MUSICAL PERFORMANCES BY STUDENTS FROM THE JUILLIARD SCHOOL
A SALUTE TO RICHARD LOWRY’S 25 YEARS AT NATIONAL REVIEW
JAMES ROSEN AS MASTER OF CEREMONIES
6:30 PM RECEPTION
7:30 PM DINNER AND PRESENTATIONS
9:30 PM AFTER PARTY
TRAVEL & ACCOMMODATIONS
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
Please know that the host committee is in formation. Please consider sponsoring this important event to support the NR mission. 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.
In addition to sponsorship opportunities, we have individual tickets starting at $1,000. RSVP here at your earliest convenience.
Unable to join us? Please consider making a contribution here to support the National Review mission and recognize our distinct honorees.
We hope to celebrate with you in NYC this fall!
James Buchwald, Ohio • Jack Fowler, Connecticut
BUCKLEY CIRCLE SPONSORS
Robert F. Agostinelli Foundation • Ann and John Buser, Texas • Karen Buchwald Wright and Tom Rastin, Ohio
Anonymous • Laurel and Cliff Asness, Connecticut • Betsy and Dick DeVos, Michigan
Nina Rosenwald, New York • Peter J. Travers, New Jersey
Anonymous • David L. Bahnsen, California • Wendy and Dale Brott, Ohio • Chevron
Ravenel B. Curry III, New York • Randy Kendrick, Arizona • Debbie and Brian Murdock, Florida
Paul Singer, New York • Karen and Richard Spencer, California • Madelene and L. Stanton Towne, New York
Erika and John Ammirati, California • Marlene Mieske and Neal Goldman, New York • Paul Isaac, New York
Brian and Joelle Kelly Family Foundation, New York • RHÔNE • Allen Sidor, California
Julianne and Michael Woronoff, California • Penny and Bob Young, Connecticut
American Philanthropic • Anonymous • Bradley Impact Fund • Allison and Roberts Brokaw, Delaware
Center for Education Reform • Charles Koch Institute • Howard L. Chapman and Stephen L. Chapman, Indiana
Kristen and Charles Correll, California • Hon. Neal B. Freeman, Florida • Hon. John Hillen, Virginia • William Hoskins, Massachusetts
Freyja and Travis Lauritsen, Texas • Peter Thiel, California • Young America’s Foundation
*HOST COMMITTEE IN FORMATION
National Review Institute is a non-profit, 501(c)(3), journalistic think tank, established to advance the conservative principles William F. Buckley Jr. championed, and complement the mission of the National Review magazine by supporting and promoting NR’s best talent. All contributions to it are deductible for income, gift, and estate tax purposes. EIN# 13-3649537