State Dinners & Receptions

The Congressional Award Foundation hosts State Dinners and Receptions on a rotating basis to raise awareness of program activities in that particular state. These events are all held in Washington, DC. Members of Congress join us as our special guests to help thank the contributors from these states and to forge new state partnerships that will enhance the program.

Special awards are often presented to the individuals from these states who have displayed outstanding commitment to improving the lives of our nation’s young people. Recognition is also given to partnering organizations for providing critical support in the Congressional Award Foundation’s efforts to make the Congressional Award a national opportunity.

The most recent Congressional Award State Dinners included Idaho, honoring former Governor Dirk Kempthorne; Arkansas, honoring former Senator David Pryor; Mississippi, honoring Mississippi State University President Dr. Mark Keenum; Illinois, honoring Secretary Ray LaHood; and Texas, honoring Ambassador Ron Kirk and Senator Phil Gramm.