Al Smith Dinner 2023 Invitation

SAVE THE DATE - 78th Annual Dinner – Thursday, October 19, 2023.

“You take care of you and your family first. Then you go to your neighborhood, and then you spread it on out within the community.”
- Governor Alfred E. Smith

The 78th Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner will take place on Thursday, October 19, 2023, at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City. We are grateful to have Henry Kissinger, in celebration of his 100th birthday, as our Keynote Speaker and Rob Speyer, CEO of Tishman Speyer, as our Happy Warrior Award Recipient for an unforgettable evening this year. Click here to view the Save the Date and RSVP card. Click here to view the Invitation and RSVP card.

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2020 Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner
Virtual Event


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About the 2020 Virtual Dinner Event

President Donald J. Trump  and former  Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.  were the honored speakers at
the 2020 Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner Virtual Event
on Thursday, October 1, 2020  held at the Cardinal’s residence.

A hybrid event was originally scheduled at the Wave Hill gardens in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. New York State government expressed their understandable concerns about the fifty person gathering, and, in the interest of the safety and protection of our speakers and guests, it was decided that the year’s  Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner  would be a virtual event.

The event featured our distinguished speakers, President Donald J. Trump and former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., and hosts Timothy Cardinal Dolan ,  Archbishop of New York  and Mary Erdoes , Vice Chair of the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation . President Trump and former Vice President Biden participated remotely. Cardinal Dolan and Mary Erdoes were broadcasting live from the Cardinal’s residence.
The National Anthem was performed by Nadine Sierra from New York’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

In a tradition extending back to 1960 with then Senator John F. Kennedy and Vice President Richard Nixon, U.S. presidential nominees have served as the evening’s celebrated speakers at the  Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner,  leaving political differences at the door for one night of collegiality and good humor before the election. The  Al Smith Dinner  has come to be regarded as one of our culture’s last bastions of non-partisan unity, where the political, business, and cultural leaders come together, regardless of political affiliations, to raise money for the most vulnerable members of society, underserved children.

This year, the legacy of Governor Alfred E. Smith takes on greater meaning. He was the last governor to lead our state through a pandemic. As such, the  Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation  dedicated this year’s event to the frontline and essential workers of New York who worked valiantly to keep the city running and the people of New York healthy and safe when the pandemic touched ground in our city.  Their lessons in compassion and heroism raised the bar for what can be accomplished when we come together as city and a country. This too was the message of the “Happy Warrior” Governor Alfred E. Smith, who worked diligently to protect the interests of those most in need, even when doing so meant reaching across the aisle.

A live feed and satellite channel  were made available to the press.

President Donald J. Trump Mary Erdoes Cardinal Dolan Joe Biden

About the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner

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 Al Smith Dinner remains a testament to timeless values – a living memorial to a rare public figure, best known as the first Roman Catholic presidential candidate. Governor Smith was known as the “Happy Warrior” for his undaunted yet kind disposition when dealing with adversaries throughout his distinguished career in public service. It has been almost eight decades since his passing and there is no doubt that the dinner’s namesake would be deeply gratified to know that his legacy lives on in one of the cultural hallmarks of the presidential election season. 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 to children’s charities in the city he loved so much.

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