More than 260 students, government affairs professionals and legislators gathered at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington to celebrate the 20th anniversary of IBGA at the Fund’s annual Congressional Scholarship Awards Dinner on June 22.
The guest of honor for this year’s dinner was Sen. Richard Lugar (Ind.), who also served as the distinguished guest at the very first dinner which raised funds to create IBGA.
Lugar was honored at this 20th anniversary dinner for his leadership and for his appreciation for the important relationship between business and government in shaping public policy. Sen. Richard Burr (N.C.) attended the event and spoke in support of his colleague.
Under the leadership of Dinner Chair Walter Lukken of New York Portfolio Clearing, the event raised more than $116,500 toward IBGA scholarship funds.
Special guests included Former Sen. Trent Lott (Miss.) and current Sen. Roger Wicker (Miss.). Lott is a former CSAD winner and received his award in 1997.
New Breed Logistics provided underwriting support for the dinner, while other corporations and trade associations purchased tables and tickets. New Breed Logistics was also the recipient of the 2010 Corporate Award, which was presented to their Chief Executive Officer, Louis DeJoy.
Additionally, 2010 served as the 20th anniversary of CSAD. Don Cogman, Trustee Emeritus and instrumental person in founding the program, made remarks about the history of CSAD.
IBGA students Amber Sells from the U.S. Air Force Academy lead the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance, Kent Mahoney of North Carolina State University gave the invocation and Jessica Ching of the University of Southern California delivered a student testimonial to dinner attendees.
Ching mentioned memorable speakers and experiences during her time with IBGA this summer and discussed her internship. “I’ve been blessed with the chance to work…with General Electric and so far, it’s been an incredible experience…I have met mentors who have taken me under their wing, attended a GE presentation on Capitol Hill and met several Congressmen.”
A special thank you to those on the dinner committee who spent time and effort selling tables and tickets, securing Senators and attendees and attending the event: Doug Todd, Charles Black, Kirk Blalock, Juanita Duggan, Amy Hawkins, Dave Hoppe, Susan Hyre, Kelly Johnston, Peter Kravitz, Debbie Lawrence, Zi Ojakli, Peter Prowitt, Lonnie Taylor, Mary Toler and Dorothy Walsh. Alumni who attended the dinner:
Frank Donatelli (E 70)
Roger Ream (E 76)
Karen Czarnecki (E 88)
Stefani Zimmerman (B 02)
Betsy Bryant (B 05)
Lindsey Hurlbut (B 05)
David Reid (B 05)
David Satterfield (B 05)
Bryan Wood (B 06)
Caroline Dierker (B 07)
Adam Barrett (B 08)
Libby Bierman (B 08)
Blair Mixon (CSF 08)
Lindsey Hovland (B 09)
Alexandra Sekscenski (ILA 10)
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