The Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Waldorf Astoria | New York, NY
For more than seventy years, luminous guest speakers have stepped from the world stage to honor
and entertain Annual Dinner audiences with their light humor and political savvy.
To reserve a table(s) at the following level:
Tables of Ten
Vice Chair $150,000
Patron $25,000 (Limited number available)
$3,000 (Limited number available)
Please contact Anne MacGillivray
Phone 646.794.3315 Fax 212.753.5980
All costs are donated by the Board of Directors.
100% of your gift goes directly to helping the neediest children in New York.
* Please direct Inquiries to Anne MacGillivray | Phone 646.794.3315 | Fax 212.753.5980 | Email email@example.com
In the early years of the dinner’s existence, this event might have been the only time some of these candidates would share a dais during the entire campaign. By 1960 the Al Smith dinner had truly reached its zenith as “a ritual of American politics,” in the words of Theodore H. White. Many past dinners have generated front-page news items as a result of the program, i.e. joint appearances of opposing presidential nominees.
Today the dinner remains a true phenomenon — a living memorial to an uncommon public figure, best known as the first Roman Catholic presidential candidate, who died more than six decades ago. Doubtless the dinner’s honoree would be deeply gratified that he is being remembered each year in this fashion. He would be even more gratified to know that the dinner commemorating him and his unique role in American politics has contributed millions of dollars for charitable endeavors in the city he loved so much.