May 11, 2020
In normal times, we would be looking forward to seeing you this evening in the ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel to celebrate the extraordinary work of the Constitutional Rights Foundation (CRF) at its 2020 Annual Dinner. We would hear from some remarkable students. Moreover, we would enjoy host Fritz Coleman in his 10th appearance with CRF. Most significantly, we would honor civic leaders Alan Braverman, Senior Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, The Walt Disney Company with the Bill of Rights Award and T. Warren Jackson, Mediator/Arbitrator, Signature Resolution with the Lloyd M. Smith Award. Our annual dinner is always a night to remember as we bring together donors, friends, students, parents, teachers and other leaders to shine a spotlight on the importance of civic education.
However, due to the restrictions on major events and large gatherings and the likelihood that it will be difficult to convene large events even during the fall, we have made the difficult, but necessary decision to cancel this year's Dinner and re-convene in 2021.
The board of directors and the staff at CRF, like the rest of the country, is concerned and saddened by the impact that COVID-19 is having on our neighbors and communities. As difficult as this decision may be, we feel that as a community, we must do our part to ensure the safety of our staff and our friends.
If you were planning to buy a ticket or table, we strongly encourage you to make your donation to support the critical work that is being done by CRF. This work has not ended.
CRF staff are working remotely, but CRF has not shut down. We are rising to the challenge of making at-home civic learning relevant, interactive, and fun by having youth teach youth. CRF's national Youth Board, led by Parkland students Sari Kaufman and Casey Sherman, have reached thousands of elementary, middle and high school youth in the last eight weeks. Because many students face technology challenges from having to work from home, CRF has assisted many with access to wifi and needed technology. CRF has also developed resources to help teachers better engage their students in online learning in this time of COVID-19 ranging from the fun webinar for elementary students where the big bad wolf is on trial to middle school students discussing the Bill of Rights to high school students learning about the origin of the Census.
Hear first-hand from Blanca, a Civic Action Project Youth Board member and Expand.
Civic learning is more important than ever as people throughout the world are seeing up-close and in real time how government and citizens must work together to impact policy. CRF must continue its work to educate youth to understand the issues, to recognize bias in sources of information, and to appreciate the necessity of informed and enlightened citizenship. In an election year, the ability to discuss policy is even more critically important and CRF wants to empower youth to be the engaged citizens this country needs.
If you already purchased a ticket, table or sponsorship for CRF’s dinner, we hope you will allow us to make this a fully tax-deductible donation that will help us continue CRF’s critical work. We will plan to send you a new donation receipt unless we hear otherwise from you.
Lastly, we are very grateful to our incredible honorees—Alan Braverman and Warren Jackson -- who were so gracious and understanding as we navigated this tough decision. We look forward to honoring both of them at next year’s dinner and they look forward to seeing all of you.
With gratitude for your understanding
and continued generosity,
Kimberly A. Dunne