Deets: For more than seventy years, luminous guest speakers have stepped from the world stage to honor and entertain Annual Dinner audiences with their light humor and political savvy.
In the early years of the dinner’s existence, this event might have been the only time some of these candidates would share a dais during the entire campaign. By 1960 the Al Smith dinner had truly reached its zenith as “a ritual of American politics,” in the words of Theodore H. White. Many past dinners have generated front-page news items as a result of the program, i.e. joint appearances of opposing presidential nominees.
Today the dinner remains a true phenomenon — a living memorial to an uncommon public figure, best known as the first Roman Catholic presidential candidate, who died more than six decades ago. Doubtless the dinner’s honoree would be deeply gratified that he is being remembered each year in this fashion. He would be even more gratified to know that the dinner commemorating him and his unique role in American politics has contributed millions of dollars for charitable endeavors in the city he loved so much.
"This dinner and the charities it supports carry on the legacy of a good-hearted man, ever faithful to his beginnings and to his church." - The Honorable Richard B. Cheney
Who You May Spot: Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump
Hint For The Average Socialite: Tables & tickets are available now!
- Bid on 2 Tickets to the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner Attended by Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, Including Intimate Pre-Reception and Prime Seating! (Ends October 13, 2016)