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33rd Annual TFAS Scholarship Dinner

July 12, 2023

Four Seasons Hotel Washington

DC, Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC, USA


Please join The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) on July 12, 2023, at The Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, D.C., for a special celebration honoring today’s congressional and business leaders and supporting our future leaders – the 2023 TFAS students.

TFAS Chairman Randal Teague, U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, Kirk Blalock of Fierce Government Relations and TFAS President Roger Ream present the 2022 Business Leadership Award to Jade West of the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors.

Your involvement will make a powerful difference in our nation’s future by enabling students with outstanding leadership potential to attend the TFAS D.C. Summer Programs track on Business + Government Relations.


July 12, 2023

Reception 6 p.m.
Dinner 7 p.m.

The Four Seasons Hotel
2800 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20007

Business Dress

Matthew Shay, President and CEO of the National Retail Federation, is presented with the 2018 TFAS Business Leadership Award by Nick Calio, President and CEO of Airlines for America.


Online tickets and sponsorships registration are available now

As a sponsor of our 33rd Annual Scholarship Dinner, you will enable deserving, highly qualified students to attend our life-changing programs, regardless of their financial situation. In addition, you and/or your company will be recognized before our attendees. These sponsorships include complimentary registration(s); VIP seating; priority intern selection and brand recognition and visibility.

Representatives from National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors connect with TFAS students at the 2022 Scholarship Awards Dinner.

View the list of sponsorship opportunities.

Thank you to our sponsors. To view the generous organizations and individuals who support the dinner, please click here.


Individual tickets are available for $300.

Don’t delay! Register now to ensure you are part of this unique event that honors our leaders of today, while supporting the dreams and ambitions of our future leaders.

Recent alumni from classes 2018 to 2023 qualify for an alumni-discounted ticket for only $150. Generous sponsor contributions cover the cost of 2023 students to attend this special evening, as well as support scholarships for next year’s students. The dinner and opportunity to meet with business and congressional leaders is one of the major highlights of their Washington experience.

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For more information, please reach out to Kathie Russo, director of corporate and donor relations, at kathie@TFAS.org or Jane Mack, director of special events, at jmack@TFAS.org.

Presenting the 2023 TFAS Congressional Leadership Award

It is a privilege to honor Senator Todd Young with the 2023 Congressional Leadership Award.

Senator Todd Young represents the state of Indiana in the United States Senate. He currently serves on the Senate Committees on Finance; Foreign Relations; Commerce, Science & Transportation; and Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

A fifth-generation Hoosier, Todd grew up watching his parents work hard in order to support the family. His first jobs were delivering newspapers, mowing lawns, and providing janitorial services at the family business.

Todd is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. He graduated with honors in 1995 and accepted a commission in the U.S. Marine Corps. In 2000, Todd was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps as a Captain. While serving in the Marines and working as a business consultant, Todd earned an MBA and his law degree.

In 2010, he ran for Congress and served three terms representing Indiana’s 9th District. He was elected to the US Senate in 2016.

Todd married his wife Jenny in 2005 and they worked together at a small law firm in Paoli, Indiana, started by Jenny’s great-grandfather. Today, they reside in Johnson County, Indiana with their four young children: a son, Tucker, and three daughters, Annalise, Abigail and Ava.

Presenting the 2023 TFAS Business Leadership Award

It is a privilege to honor Ed Gillespie, Senior Executive Vice President for External and Legislative Affairs at AT&T, with the 2023 Business Leadership Award.

Ed Gillespie has worked at the highest levels of politics, government, and business. Prior to joining AT&T in April 2020, he chaired the public affairs practice at the strategic communications firm Sard Verbinnen and Company. A successful entrepreneur, Ed founded and led three public affairs and government relations firms: Policy Impact Communications; Quinn Gillespie & Associates; and Ed Gillespie Strategies.

In government, Ed worked on Capitol Hill for more than a decade in various positions, including Republican staff director at the Congressional Joint Economic Committee, and policy and communications director for the House Majority Leader. He also served as counselor to the president in President George W. Bush’s second term.

In addition to advising numerous candidates for president, governor and senate, Ed has chaired the Republican National Committee, the Republican Party of Virginia and the Republican State Leadership Committee. He has run for statewide office twice himself, as the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate and Governor in his home state of Virginia. He was a residential fellow at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics and currently serves on the board of the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics. He is the author of Winning Right: Campaign Politics and Conservative Policies.

Ed and his wife Cathy have been involved in many civic and charitable organizations, including the Mount Vernon Ladies Association, Good Shepherd Housing, The Caron Foundation, America’s Kids Belong, and Constituting America, an educational foundation Cathy founded in 2015 to educate young people about America’s founding principles.

Ed and Cathy have three adult children and live near George Washington’s historic Mount Vernon in Fairfax County, Virginia.

Dinner Committee

Honorary Chairs

Nicholas E. Calio, Airlines for America

Suzanne Clark, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Susan K. Neely, American Council of Life Insurers

Matthew Shay, National Retail Federation

Jay Timmons, National Association of Manufacturers

Jade West, National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors


Robbie Aiken, Pinnacle West Capital Corporation

Meredith Attwell Baker, CTIA

Dan Bartlett, Walmart Inc.

Charlie Black, Prime Policy Group

Kirk Blalock, Fierce Government Relations

Frank J. Donatelli, FJD Strategies

Julie Goon, Elevance Health

Kathleen M. Grillo, Verizon

The Honorable Kelly D. Johnston

Greta H. Jones, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP

Desiree Koetzle, Office of Congressman Pete Stauber

Matthew M. Miller, Business Roundtable

Thomas K. Plofchan, Westlake Foundation

Thomas J. Reid, Comcast Corporation

Eric J.Tanenblatt, Dentons US LLP

Randal C. Teague, The Fund for American Studies

Geoff Verhoff, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP


Thank you to the following organizations and individuals for sponsoring our 33rd Annual Scholarship Dinner! Your generosity enables outstanding and deserving young people to attend life-changing TFAS programs. Click here to learn more about becoming a 33rd Annual Scholarship Dinner sponsor and the benefits.

Dinner Underwriter

Reception Sponsor

Gold Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Friends of TFAS

Frank J. Donatelli, FJD Strategies

Maureen and Mike Thompson

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