Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
For over 40 years, The Wharton Club of Washington, DC, has held the annual Joseph Wharton Award Dinner, honoring outstanding business, government, and professional leaders in our nation. This year, it is an honor to present the Joseph Wharton Award to four Wharton Alums: Donald J. Trump, Chairman & President of The Trump Organization; Jennifer C. Simpson, Managing Director, The Gladstone Companies; S.A. Ibrahim, Chairman, Radian Group Inc.; and His Excellency Ron Dermer, Ambassador of Israel to the U.S.
At this gala dinner, you WON'T be fired. You WILL be fired up!
We hope you will join as we honor these four accomplished, inspiring Wharton alums. But you need not need an alum to join the private and public sector leaders who will be there.
The evening begins with a VIP Reception at 6 (Friend and higher category tickets).
The general reception for all follows at 6:30 pm, the dinner at 7:30, and the awards presentation at 8:30 pm. Many attendees engage in active networking after the dinner is over; the Park Hyatt is a terrific place to do that.
Advance registration required.
BONUS: If you sign up for the higher price tickets (250/person and above) online, you can attend the Private Reception (and be listed in the program, if you'd like), in recognition of your added support, which is greatly appreciated.
• 6:00-6:30 pm: VIP Reception for Honorees with Lifetime & President's Club Members, Table Purchasers, and Everyone in Sustainer, Benefactor, Supporter & Friend Categories
• 6:30-7:30 pm: Reception for All Attendees
• 7:30-8:30 pm: Welcome, followed by dinner with the outstanding cuisine of the popular Blue Duck Tavern, one of Washington's premiere fine dining landmarks, featuring the award-winning high Zagat-rated culinary creations of Executive Chef Sebastien Archambault and his outstanding team. Members of this great team have continued their award-winning ways, and we are the fortunate beneficiaries.
• 8:30-9:30 pm: Program:
• Brief Reports: State of the Club and the School
• Presentation of Joseph Wharton Awards to Honorees (Click here to learn more about our outstanding Honorees - to be added):
• Concluding Remarks
Register now for what is usually the most popular event in the Club's calendar each year. This year, the 44th Annual Dinner, promises to be no exception now that we have our exceptional "Final Four." Anywhere from 125 to 200 or more Club members and guests, including prominent Washingtonians and diplomats typically attend for the reception and dinner. With this year's honorees, we expect that this year will be at the upper end of that range, and maybe even higher, as tickets are selling quickly..
If you have any questions not answered on this webpage or have any trouble registering online, please call our Club at 301-365-8999. Vegetarian, Kosher and Non-Gluten dinner options can be noted in your online registration.
We are again at our favorite venue for this gala event, the Park Hyatt Washington. Besides honoring four outstanding alumni and giving members an opportunity to get together, the dinner generates funds for scholarships for talented Wharton students from the D.C. area.
Special guests: We are expecting as honored guests some of the Ambassadors and other diplomats who have hosted our Club in recent years joining us at our reception and dinner.
Tables: Rounds of 10.
Please call us directly if your company would like to consider becoming a sponsor with one or more tables. You will have a listing in the program and many other potential benefits, depending on the category you choose. Just call Alan Schlaifer, our Club's President, at 301-365-8999, to discuss the benefits and options.
Renowned Executive Chef Sébastien Archimbault (above left; worked at several Michelin-starred restaurants (including 3*** Alain Ducasse in Paris) of the Popular AAA 4-Diamond Blue Duck Tavern at the 4-Diamond Park Hyatt Washington, DC
The Blue Duck Tavern has received rave reviews and ratings, and underlining its theme: Simple Elegance. Modern American Style: Celebrating the Region's Best Purveyors.. These are a few "tastes" of what awaits you - just a sample of many positive reviews since the restaurant opened, and more recent ones have simply confirmed the earlier praise:
About Executive Chef Sébastien Archimbault:
Born in Texas, he returned with his French parents to their home in Le Bugue in southwest France. After work in his family’s restaurant, he went to culinary school before working in Paris at award-winning Restaurant Les Bouquinistes, under the direction of Guy Savoy (whose namesake restaurant has 3 Michelin stars), and at Restaurant Alain Ducasse (also *** Michelin).
He then moved up at positions in a highly rated restaurants in diverse locations. These included:
MENU Vegetarian option listed below and Kosher and Non-Gluten meals also available.
Please note any non-standard preference on your online registration or email Alan Schlaifer (email@example.com) This was one of our recent selections; we're expecting similar treats from the Park Hyatt's award-winning team and team.• First Course Salad: Marinated Hearts of Palms, Artichokes and Sun-Dried Tomato Frisée; Pipe Dreams Farm Goat Cheese and Aged BalsamicVinegar
Blackened Crusted Sea Bass with Green Vegetables Risotto, Peas, Fava Beans, Zucchini and Parmesan Cheese
• Vegetarian Entrée
Green Vegetables Risotto, Peas, Fava Beans, Zucchini and Parmesan Cheese
--Business: Full amount may be deductible as a business expense; consult your tax advisor
--Individual: Full amount of Scholarship Fund contributions plus the amount in excess of $135 per person for the dinner as a charitable contribution (as the Club is a Section 501(c)(3) organization).
For best seating, reserve early, whichever method you choose for reservations - online, mail, fax, or phone.
Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm