2nd Annual George Washington Carver Dinner

The George Washington Carver Dinner is the major annual fundraising event for the George Washington Carver Birthplace Association (CBA), the 501 (c)3 Cooperating Association to the National Park Service at George Washington Carver National Monument.

The inaugural Carver Dinner was held on September 20, 2016 at Washington University in St. Louis; the event included the presentation of several awards to K-12 and Undergraduate students, and notably the conferral of the Carver Distinguished Service and Innovation Award to the Hon. Thomas J. Vilsack, 30th U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and 40th Governor of Iowa, and Dr. Luther S. Williams, distinguished educator, scientist, and administrator.

The Second Annual Carver Dinner will pay tribute to the Carver legacy in Iowa and to the role Iowa and Iowans played in George Washington Carver’s development. The recipients of the George Washington Carver Distinguished Service and Innovation Award, the Carver Spirit of Innovation Award, and the Carver Rising Leader in Service and Innovation Award will also be recognized. Proceeds from the Dinner will support signature CBA programs, in particular the renovation of the 1872 Colored School attended by a young George and the continued development of an accompanying distance-education enabled educational and interpretative center. The Dinner will be held at the Iowa Culinary Institute at Des Moines Area Community College, 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd., Ankeny, Iowa 50023

Tickets to the Carver Dinner are $125. Tables of eight are available for $800. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. In the Comment section, please provide the name of attendees (if known) and any titles/affiliations. The Carver Dinner begins with an hour-long reception at 5:30.

For further information, please see www.carverbirthplaceassoc.org/ or write Ms. Ann McCormick, CBA Executive Director at 5646 Carver Road, Diamond, MO 64840. Email inquiries can be directed to Ms. McCormick at cba.volunteers@gmail.com and Carver Dinner planning committee co-chair Paxton Williams at williams.pax@gmail.com.

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