Annual Dinner ("Trade Prom")

SAVE-THE-DATE:
The 2019 WITA/WITF Annual Awards
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

The Annual Awards Dinner, held each summer, hosted by the Washington International Trade Foundation, is WITA’s signature event. The Dinner attracts hundreds of top decision makers, policy shapers, and trade experts from D.C. and around the world. The Dinner provides an excellent opportunity for members to connect with other trade professionals, business leaders, and dignitaries in a celebratory setting. Organized by WITA’s sister organization, the 501(c)(3) Washington International Trade Foundation (WITF), the Awards Dinner is the biggest trade event of the year in Washington, DC. The event is a fundraiser to support WITA and WITF’s trade education activities throughout the year.

Attendees

This event is considered “widely attended” under both House & Senate Gift Rules.  Members of WITA are high in attendance as well as some Non-Members.

Awards

  • The highlight of the evening is the presentation of our various awards, such as the American Leadership Award and the Congressional Leadership Award, given to individuals who have made extraordinary contributions in the field of international trade. Past honorees (listed below) have included Members of Congress, Senators, United States Trade Representatives and other Cabinet and Sub-cabinet level officials.
  • Another tradition at the Dinner is the honoring of an impactful individual in the trade policy community with our Lighthouse Award. Kept secret until the night of the Dinner, the Lighthouse is awarded in recognition of the contributions the individual has made over the course of his/her career to trade policy, the understanding of global trade, or expanding the benefits of global trade. Prior recipients can be found at the bottom of this page.

Location

The pre-event cocktail reception is located in the gorgeous 8-story atrium of the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, beer, wine, and spirits from around the globe, post-event festivities and desserts, and our famous gift bags for all attendees.

“Trade Prom”

The Annual Dinner is packed with a ‘Who’s Who’ of trade policy professionals–over 500 attendees each year. It’s no wonder it’s come to be known as ‘Trade Prom‘.


WITA/WITF Annual Dinner Sponsorship Levels

Diamond Level Sponsor Investment: $12,500

  1. An elite table for up to 10 at the Annual Awards Dinner
  2. WITA Executive Group Membership for all employees
  3. Diamond recognition in the Annual Awards Dinner program
  4. Recognition at all WITA events and in WITA promotional materials
  5. One free pass to every WITA policy or professional development event*
  6. Opportunity for logo’d contributions to our legendary swag bag for Dinner attendees
  7. Logo-Link on WITA’s website home-page
  8. Top recognition on WITA’s yearly signage
  9. A free ½ page logo’d congratulatory statement to Dinner honorees in the Dinner program
  10. Logo’d congratulatory statement displayed on screens during Annual Dinner slideshow

Platinum Level Sponsor Investment: $10,000

  1. A premier table for 8 at the Annual Awards Dinner
  2. WITA Large Group Membership for up to 10 employees
  3. Platinum recognition in the Annual Awards Dinner program
  4. Recognition at all WITA events and in WITA materials
  5. 15 free passes to most WITA policy events*
  6. Opportunity for logo’d contributions to our legendary swag bag for Dinner attendees
  7. Logo-link on WITA’s website
  8. Recognition on WITA’s yearly signage

Gold Level Sponsor Investment: $8,000

  1. A preferred table for 8 at the Annual Awards Dinner
  2. WITA Small Group Membership for up to 5 employees
  3. Gold recognition in the Annual Awards Dinner program
  4. 10 free passes to most WITA policy events*
  5. Opportunity for logo’d contributions to our legendary swag bag for Dinner attendees
  6. Gold recognition in WITA materials and website

Silver Level Sponsor Investment: $6,000

  1. A table for 8 at the Annual Awards Dinner
  2. WITA Small Group Membership for up to 5 employees
  3. Silver recognition in the Annual Awards Dinner program
  4. 5 free passes to most WITA policy events*
  5. Opportunity for logo’d contributions to our legendary swag bag for Dinner attendees
  6. Silver recognition in WITA materials and website

Half Tables Investment: $4,000 

  1. A half table (4 seats) at the Annual Awards Dinner
  2. Small Group Membership at WITA for up to 5 employees
  3. Recognition in the Annual Awards Dinner program as a Major Contributor
  4. Opportunity to contribute logo’d collateral to our legendary swag bag for Dinner attendees
  5. Major Contributor recognition in WITA materials and website

*Free passes not available for use at all WITA events. After free passes are used, event member rate applies.

For a personalized invoice, please let us know!

Past Honorees & Speakers at the WITA / WITF Annual Awards Dinner

2018

Senator Ben Cardin, Congressional Leadership Award

Senator Pat Roberts, Congressional Leadership Award

Secretary Sonny Perdue, American Leadership Award

Laura Baughman, Lighthouse Award

MC: Nicole Bivens Collinson 

See our 2018 Annual Awards Dinner Highlights here

2017

Congressman Rick Larsen, Congressional Leadership Award

Senator Jeff Flake, Congressional Leadership Award

Meredith Broadbent, Lighthouse Award

MC: Kellie Meiman Hock 

See our 2017 Annual Awards Dinner Highlights here

2016

Secretary Penny Pritzker, Global Leadership Award

Congressman Earl Blumenauer, Congressional Leadership Award

Congressman David Reichert, Congressional Leadership Award

Bill Lane, Lighthouse Award

William Reinsch, Lighthouse Award

MC: Nicole Venable 

See our 2016 Annual Awards Dinner Highlights here. 

2015

Congressman Paul Ryan, Distinguished Service Award

Senator Orrin Hatch, Congressional Leadership Award

Senator Ron Wyden, Congressional Leadership Award

Ambassador Mike Moore, Lifetime Achievement Award

Everett Eissenstat, Lighthouse Award

MC: Nicole Venable 

See our 2015 Annual Awards Dinner Highlights here. 

2014

Congressman Charles Boustany, Jr., MD, Congressional Leadership Award

Congressman Ron Kind, Congressional Leadership Award

Ambassador Michael Punke, Distinguished Service Award

Ambassador Clayton Yeutter, Lifetime Achievement Award

Wendy Cutler, Lighthouse Award

MC: Ambassador Peter Allgeier

2013

Chairman Dave Camp, Distinguished Leadership in International Trade

USTR Michael Froman, Distinguished Leadership in International Trade

Congressman Gregory Meeks, Distinguished Leadership in International Trade

Ed Gresser, Lighthouse Award

MC: Ambassador Peter Allgeier

2012

USTR Ron Kirk, Distinguished Service Award

Congressman David Drier, Lifetime Achievement Award

Jutta Hennig, Lighthouse Award

MC: Grant Aldonas 2011

Senator Rob Portman

Senator John Kerry

Angela Ellard and Viji Rangaswami, Lighthouse Award

Keynote address by USTR Ron Kirk

MC: Frusina Harsanyi

2010

Senator Max Baucus, Lifetime Achievement Award

Ambassador Jon Huntsman, Distinguished Service Award

R. Scott Miller, Lighthouse Award

Keynote address by former USTR Susan Schwab

MC: Dan Glickman

2009

Congressman Kevin Brady, Distinguished Service Award

Congressman Joe Crowley, Distinguished Service Award

Frank and Regina Vargo, Lighthouse Award

Keynote address by Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke

MC: Jim Kolbe

2008

United States Trade Representative Susan Schwab, Distinguished Service Award

R.K. “Judge” Morris, Lighthouse Award

Keynote address by former USTR Rob Portman

MC: Cal Dooley

2007

WITA’s 25th Anniversary: Celebrating of a Quarter Century of Trade Leadership

Keynote address by Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez

MC: John Castellani Business Roundtable

2006

Congressman Charles Rangel, Distinguished Service Award

Congressman Jim Kolbe, Lifetime Achievement Award

Keynote address by Senator Hillary Clinton

MC: Bill Lane </s trong>

2005

Congressman William Thomas, Distinguished Service Award

Congressman Robert Matsui, Lifetime Achievement Award

Keynote address by Congressman Jim Kolbe

2004

Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Grant Aldonas, Distinguished Service Award

Deputy United States Trade Representative Peter Allgeier, Distinguished Service Award

Keynote address by Congressman Cal Dooley

MC: Bill Lane

2003

United States Trade Representative Robert Zoellick, Distinguished Service Award

Keynote address by Jack Valenti, CEO, Motion Picture Association of America

2002

Congressman Amo Houghton, Lifetime Achievement Award

Congressman William Jefferson, Distinguished Service Award

Congressman John Tanner, Distinguished Service Award

2001

Congressman Phil Crane, Lifetime Achievement Award

Senator Charles Grassley, Distinguished Service Award

Congressman Sander Levin, Distinguished Service Award

2000

Secretary of Commerce William Daley, Lifetime Achievement Award

Congressman Calvin Dooley, Distinguished Service Award

Congressman David Dreier, Distinguished Service Award

1999

Senator Max Baucus, Distinguished Service Award

Senator Chuck Hagel, Distinguished Service Award

1998

Secretary of Treasury Robert E. Rubin, Distinguished Service Award

Senator William V. Roth, Distinguished Service Award

1997

United States Trade Representative Charlene Barshefsky, Distinguished Service Award

Congressman William Archer, Distinguished Service Award

1996

Congressman Sam Gibbons, Lifetime Achievement Award

Undersecretary of Commerce for International Trade Stuart Eizenstat, Distinguished Service Award

1995

Congressman James Kolbe, Distinguished Service Award

Congressman Robert Matsui, Distinguished Service Award


Questions? Contact WITA at (202) 312-1600 or events@wita.org

WITF is the 501(c)(3) organization that supports the educational mission and activities of WITA.  WITF’s Federal Tax ID Number is 52-1907420.

Please note that the fair market value of each seat at the Dinner is $150, plus the amount of the WITA Group Membership that each table package includes. Membership pricing is as follows: Executive: $1,000; Large: $500; Small: $350

To calculate your charitable contribution amount, deduct the amount of the table and the group membership from your Investment amount above. 

Thank you for supporting WITA and WITF by sponsoring a table at the “Trade Prom”! 

All checks should be made payable to the Washington International Trade Foundation.

To download a Word.Doc copy of the 2018 Sponsorship Information, please click here: Sponsorship Information 2018

To download a PDF copy of the 2018 Sponsorship Information, please click here:

WITA Annual Dinner Sponsorship Information 2018 v4