33rd Anniversary Awards Gala Washington Marriott Wardman Park | Washington, DC

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The Thurgood Marshall College Fund’s Anniversary Awards Gala, the organization’s largest fundraiser, is a time for celebration and for recognizing individuals who have a positive impact on his or her industry, as well as believes in education and the lives of students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs). This event has become one of the largest nonpolitical events in Washington, DC. Proceeds from the event not only drive the success of TMCF but changes the lives and fuels the dreams of so many deserving HBCU and PBI students through scholarships and programs.

Celebrating 33 years, the theme of the Anniversary Gala is Developing Minds… Delivering Dreams.

Date: Saturday, October 17, 2020

Time(s): Cocktail Reception – 5:00 pm Dinner & Program – 7:00 pm

Location: Washington Marriott Wardman Park

Attire: Black-tie

Audience: Over 1500 attendees include 400 HBCU students and 1100 guests (Government and Corporate leaders, HBCU Faculty and Administrators, Community Members, Celebrity Supporters, and HBCU Alumni)

Notable Past Honorees:

Jeffrey J. Brown, Chief Executive Officer, Ally Financial; Kay Coles James, President, The Heritage Foundation, Founder, The Gloucester Institute; Dr. Harold L. Martin, Sr., Chancellor, North Carolina A&T State University; Dennis A. Muilenburg, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Boeing Company; Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., President & CEO, TIAA; Jack Dorsey, CEO, Square/Twitter; Tom Vilsack, Former Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture; Benjamin F. Wilson, Managing Principal, Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.; John O. Brennan, Director, Central Intelligence Agency; Samuel R. Allen, Chairman and CEO, Deere & Company; Thomas A. Cole, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP; Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, United Nations; Admiral Michelle Howard, Vice Chief of Naval Operations, U.S. Navy; Jim Clifton, CEO, Gallup; Tom Long, CEO, Miller Brewing Company; Michael E. Szymanczyk, President & CEO, Philip Morris USA, Inc.; Carly S. Fiorina, Former Chairman & CEO, Hewlett-Packard Company; Rollin L. Ford, Chief Administrative Officer, Walmart Stores, Inc.; Ted Turner, Vice Chairman, Time Warner Inc.; Sheila C. Johnson, Co-Founder of BET and CEO of Salamander Resorts; Janice Bryant Howroyd, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, The Act 1 Group; Johnson and Johnson; Daymond John, Founder & CEO, FUBU and Co-star of Shark Tank; Russell Simmons, Chairman, Rush Communications; Janet Jackson, Award-winning Recording Artist & Actress; and Mary J. Blige, Award-winning Recording Artist & Actress.

32nd Anniversary Awards Gala Photos

Check out some amazing moments and highlights from the 2019 Gala.