With less than 2 weeks to go, the countdown to the 27th Annual Awards Dinner has officially begun. Not sure what to expect? Here’s a quick preview of the event:
The event begins at 6:30 with the pre-dinner reception. The dinner itself begins promptly at 7:30. We do our best to keep the dinner and awards presentation to less than two hours. Awards are presented in between courses, which gives guests the opportunity to socialize with their table mates, enjoy their meal and listen to the awards presentations.
During the dinner, we present seven awards. This year’s winners are:
Sol Taishoff Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism
Kiplinger Distinguished Contributions to Journalism
Committee of Concerned Journalists
Everett McKinley Dirksen Awards for Distinguished Reporting of Congress
Julie Hirschfeld Davis
The Associated Press
Colbert I. King
The Washington Post
Clifford K. & James T. Berryman Award for Editorial Cartoons
Benjamin Bradlee Editor of the Year Award
Detroit Free Press
Excellence in Online Journalism Award
The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
The post dinner reception will follow the formal dinner program at 9:30. All-journalist band Suspicious Package will perform. This more casual reception gives guests the opportunity to relax, loosen their ties, and dance the night away.
This year we are expecting approximately 900 guests at the dinner. Table buyers are a mix of media organizations, PR and public affairs firms, corporate communications offices, and trade associations. This year’s Gold, Silver and Bronze sponsors are Allstate Insurance Company, American Honda Motor Co., the Kiplinger Foundation, Ogilvy Public Relations, Pfizer Inc., Prudential Financial, Astra Zeneca, Business Roundtable, PhRMA and Powell Tate/Weber Shandwick. A full list of this year’s sponsors is available here. In addition to table buyers, NPF also invites many of the journalists that we work with throughout the year, the Senate Press Secretaries Association and other friends of the foundation.