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SDI 2017 National Dialogue Awards

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National Press Club

529 14th Street Northwest

Washington, DC 20045

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Please join leadership and friends of Sustained Dialogue Institute for the Fourth Annual National Dialogue Awards Gala, on Thursday, November 16 at 6:30pm at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. This gathering is SDI’s flagship annual event celebrating visionary leaders whose accomplishments advance our goal of creating a world where people co-exist peacefully, justly, and productively through dialogue across divides. This special evening could not come at a more critical time for America and for our world.

We are pleased to announce the 2017 honorees, who, despite personal tragedy and unrelenting circumstances, have made monumental contributions to uniting through dialogue across divides. Former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, will receive the 2017 National Dialogue Award, memorializing Hal Saunders, SDI’s beloved founder and architect of President Jimmy Carter’s Camp David Peace Accord between Israel and its neighbors. Ambassador-at-Large Rafat (Ray) and Shaista Mahmood will be the recipients of the 2017 National Dialogue Peacemaker Award, recognizing their tireless work building bridges and understanding between those of different religious, cultural, and economic backgrounds. Goodwill Ambassador for UNESCO, Mrs. Esther Coopersmith, will receive National Dialogue’s Lifetime Achievement Award for her manifold contributions here in our nation’s capital and throughout the world.

2017 National Dialogue Award honorees join an illustrious group of past recipients to include U.S. Associate Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in 2016, former Senate Majority Leader and Chief Negotiator for the Northern Ireland Peace Process George Mitchell in 2015, and Civil Rights leader and Congressman John Lewis in 2014.




Sponsor: Sustained Dialogue Diamond | $25,000

• Opportunity to serve as Co-Chair of Dinner Leadership Committee
• Recognition as exclusive sponsor of evening VIP Reception
• Two tables of 11 with top placement at awards dinner and opportunity to seat VIPs at head tables
• Opportunity for all guests to attend pre-event, private VIP Reception with diplomats, honorees and senior government officials
• Opportunity to make remarks and/or introduction of keynote speaker at awards program
• Full page ad in event program
• Lead recognition on event signage and in all aspects of print and online promotional material
• Exclusive host of pre-event October Luncheon for Leadership Committee at DACOR Bacon House
• Half-day complementary Sustained Dialogue Training created for Lead Sponsor on-site
• Complimentary two-month consultancy for on-site Dialogue and Conflict Program




Sponsor: Sustained Dialogue Platinum | $10,000

• Opportunity to serve an Dinner Leadership Committee
• One table of eleven (11) guests at Awards Dinner and opportunity to have VIPs seated at your table
• Attendance for all guests at pre-event, private VIP Reception with diplomats, honorees and senior government officials
• Half page ad in event program
• Prominent recognition in all event signage and all aspects of print and online event promotional material
• Complimentary two-month consultancy for on-site Dialogue and Conflict Program




Sponsor: Sustained Dialogue Gold | $5,000

• Opportunity to serve an Dinner Leadership Committee
• One table of eleven (11) guests at Awards Dinner
• Eleven (11) tickets to pre-event, private VIP Reception with diplomats, honorees and senior government officials
• Quarter page ad in awards program booklet
• Recognition in all event signage and promotional material and on SDI website




For more information about the event, including sponsorship and registration for ticket purchases, click here to view a printable PDF. You may also reach out directly to Katherine Griffin Hand via Katie[at]sustaineddialogue.org or 202.374.9088.

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