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Sorensen Gala and Leadership Awards

The Sorensen Institute

Thursday, April 23, 2020 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)

Sorensen Gala and Leadership Awards

Ticket Information

Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Patrons Early Bird Ticket Mar 20, 2020 $150.00 $8.49
Young Professionals (Under 40) Early Bird Ticket Mar 20, 2020 $75.00 $4.74
Elected Officials Ticket (Limit 1)
Members of the General Assembly, statewide elected officials, and cabinet secretaries are eligible for this discounted rate, which matches the actual value of the dinner.
Apr 20, 2020 $75.00 $4.74
Friends of Sorensen Sponsorship
Sponsors at the Friends of Sorensen level receive recognition in all printed and online event materials. You must purchase 2 tickets at this price to be counted as a sponsor.
Apr 20, 2020 $500.00 $25.99

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Event Details

Join us for the Sorensen Gala, a special evening at Richmond’s historic Altria Theater to support the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership.


Sorensen Leadership Awards

This year’s Gala features the second annual Sorensen Leadership Awards, recognizing leaders whose efforts are creating a stronger civic culture for the people of Virginia.

Sorensen’s programs would not be possible without our Gala partners. Contact JC Ignaszewski at 434-924-1310 or to start the conversation.




What's the schedule for the evening?

We'll begin with a cocktail reception on the main theater stage at 6 p.m. At 7 p.m., we'll gather in the Altria Ballroom for a seated dinner, followed by a program and awards. (High-level sponsors with premium tickets should arrive at 5:30 p.m. for a special VIP reception.)

An Alumni Afterparty is also in the works. Stay tuned for details!

What are my parking options for the event?

Altria Theater patrons may park in VCU (Virginia Commonwealth University) parking facilities near the venue. Street parking is also available in the area, though limited, including three (3) handicapped parking spots on Main Street just west of Laurel Street.

  • The cost to park is $10.00 per vehicle; Pricing and availability are subject to change
  • Parking decks are cash only
  • Payment is required upon entering the deck
  • Handicapped parking is available at each parking location
  • For more on VCU parking, visit


How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

For questions about sponsorship, contact JC Ignaszewski at 434-924-1310 or


For other questions about the Gala, contact Rachel Casebolt at


Have questions about Sorensen Gala and Leadership Awards? Contact The Sorensen Institute

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When & Where

Altria Theater
6 North Laurel Street
Richmond, VA 23220

Thursday, April 23, 2020 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)

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The Sorensen Institute

The Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership brings together Virginians with a passion for politics and policy, providing a curriculum that emphasizes trust, civility, and respect. Our strictly non-partisan mission is to strengthen and enhance the quality of governance at all levels in Virginia. We strive to make politics better, counteracting the pervasive polarization in our public life. The Sorensen Institute is a division of the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia.

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