The cost of the dinner is underwritten by the Board of Directors of The Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation.
100% of dinner proceeds go directly to benefitting the neediest children of New York, regardless of race, creed, or color.
Contributions are tax deductible to the extent provided by law less $250 per ticket.
Please direct inquiries to: Phone 646.794.3315 | Fax 212.753.5980 | Email AlSmithDinner@archny.org
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.