2016 Gala Dinner | Freedom House

Celebrating our 75th Anniversary

Freedom is the future

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Freedom House 75th Anniversary Gala

Check out the 2016 Gala program video here.

2016 marks the 75th Anniversary of Freedom House. Since 1941, Freedom House has been an unwavering advocate of democratic values around the globe. To celebrate this landmark achievement, we are holding a Gala Dinner on Tuesday, May 24, at the Newseum in Washington, DC.

The centerpiece of the evening will be the presentation of our Freedom Award, an acknowledgement begun by Freedom House in 1943 to recognize outstanding leaders in the cause of freedom and democracy. Past Freedom Award recipients included Vaclav Havel, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Edward R. Murrow and Aung San Suu Kyi. A list of past winners can be found here.

This event will also celebrate notable accomplishments by other individuals and organizations:

  • Leadership Award recognizes an elected official who has championed policies that protect human rights defenders and promote democratic values and the rule of law.
  • Corporate Award honors a business for its leadership and principled policies with regard to human rights.
  • Freedom of Expression Award (Raising Awareness Award) is presented to those who have called attention to and influenced opinion on human rights abuses.

Click here to read the press release.

Event Detail

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The Newseum
555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20001

6:30 p.m. – Cocktail Reception
7:30 p.m. – Dinner and Program

For more information, please contact
Margaret Marshall at [email protected]

Freedom Award

Hala Aldosari

Aldosari is a Saudi women's rights activist and writer.
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Freedom Award

Vian Dakhil

Dakhil is a member of the Iraqi parliament. She is the only representative of the Yazidi ethnic and religious minority in the Iraqi Parliament.
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Leadership Award

U.S. Senator Richard J. Durbin (D-IL)

Senator Durbin is the senior Senator from the State of Illinois. He also serves as the Assistant Democratic Leader, the second highest ranking position among the Senate Democrats, and sits on the Senate Judiciary, Appropriations, and Rules Committees.
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Freedom of Expression Award

Héctor Magnetto

Magnetto is the Chief Executive Officer of Grupo Clarín, Argentina's largest media company.
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Corporate Leadership Award

Axel Springer SE

Berlin-based publisher Axel Springer SE has served as a powerful voice for democracy since the company’s founding in 1946 in what was then West Germany. Ralph Büchi, who will accept the award on the company’s behalf, is President, International Axel Springer SE.
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Click here to read the honorees remarks.


Freedom Defender

Eileen and John Donahoe


Freedom Supporter

Judy and Kim Davis
Olin and Nadine Wethington


Freedom Advocate

BAE Systems
Kenneth I. Juster and Warburg Pincus
Motion Picture Assn of America
NEWSEUM (In-kind Donation)


Guardian of Freedom

Peter Ackerman
Goli, Darius & Sherwin Ameri
Maurice A. Perkins and American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI)
Andrew Prozes
David Fogel
Rebecca Haile
Jeffrey Hirschberg and The Northeast Maglev
McLarty Associates
The Honorable Richard and Faith Morningstar
Maureen and Edwin Schloss
Quadrant Strategies
Will and Judy Taft
The Walt Disney Company

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Congressional Host Committee

Rep. Karen Bass

Rep. Ami Bera

Rep. Brendan Boyle

Sen. Richard Burr

Sen. Ben Cardin

Sen. Robert P. Casey, Jr.

Rep. Joaquin Castro

Rep. Steve Chabot

Rep. David Cicilline

Sen. Thad Cochran

Rep. Gerry Connolly

Rep. Ander Crenshaw

Rep. Ted Deutch

Rep. Eliot L. Engel

House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer

Sen. Tim Kaine

Rep. William Keating

Rep. Robin L. Kelly

Sen. Mark  Kirk

Sen. Patrick  Leahy

Rep. Barbara  Lee

Rep. Alan Lowenthal

Rep. Nita M. Lowey

Sen. Ed Markey

Sen. John McCain

Rep. Jim McGovern

Rep. Mark Meadows

Sen. Bob Menendez

Rep. Grace Meng

Sen. Jeff Merkley

Sen. Chris Murphy

Sen. Patty Murray

Sen. Rand Paul

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi

Rep. Joe Pitts

Sen. Rob Portman

Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid

Rep. Reid Ribble

Sen. James Risch

Rep. Thomas J. Rooney

Rep. Ileana

Rep. Ed Royce

Speaker Paul Ryan

Rep. Matt Salmon

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen

Rep. Brad Sherman

Rep. Adam Schiff

Rep. Albio Sires

Rep. Chris Stewart

Rep. Randy Weber

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse

Sen. Roger F. Wicker