Annual Gala Joseph Wharton Award Dinner Honors Leading Wharton & Penn Alums, Celebrates 

Club's 50th Anniversary!

  • His Excellency Emanuel Gonzalez-Revilla, W'88, Ambassador of Panama to the United States
  • Stephanie Dulitz Katz, WG'90, Founder & President, CETA Benefit Consulting Group, LLC
  • David Morey, W'78, Chairman & CEO DMG Global and Vice Chairman, Core Strategy Groupjeffgrass
  • Jeffrey E. Grass, WG'99, Founder & Chairman, buySafe, LiveSafe and HUNGRY Marketplace
  • In Memoriam:aek-picture-2
    • Dr. Ann E. Kelley, CW'76, PhD, World-Renowned Behavioral Neuroscientistobit-photo--1-
    • Thomas F. Lantry, WG'67, Entrepreneur & Philanthropist

Reserve NOW!

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• 5:45-6:30 pm:  VIP Reception for Honorees with past Award Recipients, Lifetime Members, Table Purchasers, and Everyone in Sustainer, Benefactor, Supporter & Friend Categories

• 6:30-7:30 pm:  Reception for All Attendees

• 7:30-8:30 pm:  Welcome, followed by dinner with the outstanding cuisine of the popular Blue Duck Tavern, one of Washington's premiere fine dining landmarks.

• 8:30-9:15 pm: Program:   Brief Reports: State of the Club and the School, Presentation of Steven C. Oser Wharton Club of DC Service Award

    • Presentation of Joseph Wharton Awards to the Honorees

(Click here to learn more about our outstanding Honorees):

  • Register now for what is one of the most popular event in the Club's calendar each year, and one of the DC Area's top business events as well. 
    • This year, especially with our Club's 50th Anniversary, the 47th Annual Dinner, promises to be no exception once we have our exceptional Honorees.  We are expecting many of the past Honorees to attend and bring their colleagues and friends.
  • Anywhere from 150 to 250 or more Club members and guests, including prominent Washingtonians and diplomats typically attend for the reception and dinner. With this year's honorees, we expect that this year will be at the upper end of that range, and maybe even higher, as we expect tickets to sell quickly. 

Click here to reserve your place(s)!!!  (Thank you!)


  • If you have any questions not answered on this webpage or have any trouble registering online, please call our Club at 301-365-8999.  Vegetarian, Kosher and Gluten-free dinner options can be noted in your online registration.
  • We are again at our favorite venue for this gala event, the Park Hyatt Washington. Besides honoring five outstanding alumni and giving members an opportunity to get together, the dinner generates funds to support our Club's exceptional programming - the most extensive of any B-School Cluib in oour region - and attendance at some of our major events, such as our Summit and the Dinner, for talented potential Wharton students from the D.C. area.
    • Special guests / Dignitaries: We are expecting as honored guests some of the Ambassadors and other diplomats who have hosted our Club in recent years joining us at our reception and dinner.
  • Tables: Rounds of 10.
  • Sponsorship opportunities: Please call us directly if your company would like to consider becoming a sponsor with one or more tables. You will have a listing in the program and many other potential benefits, depending on the category you choose.  Just call Alan Schlaifer, our Club's President, at 301-365-8999, to discuss the benefits and options.







Led by renowned Chef de Cuisine Troy Knapp, from the same Michelin-starred kitchen for all meals at the Park Hyatt, troy-knappwhether for Gala Dinners, such as ours, or fine dining in the restaurant itself.

The Blue Duck Tavern has received rave reviews and ratings, and underlining its theme of "serving creative American cuisine from the region's best seasonal Best Purveyors.. These are a few of many "tastes" of what awaits you - just a sample of many positive reviews and awards - how apt for an award gala - since the restaurant opened, and more recent ones have simply confirmed the earlier praise:

Every “outstandingly original” dish is “a winner” declare early fans of this “wonderful addition” set in the Park Hyatt hotel that showcases regional New American cuisine; the “chic” Tony Chi-designed space boasts a “stunning” open kitchen with a cobalt-blue, state-of-the-art, wood-burning Molteni range....”

* Michelin star, as one of DC's top restaurants (2018 Michelin Washington, DC Dining Guide)

“101 Best Hotel Restaurants Around the World” by The Daily Meal 2014
“Restaurant Service Program of the Year” by Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington 2014
"On the surface, the Blue Duck Tavern is an oasis of up-to-the-moment heart though, [it] is a tribute to local farmers and growers...the food is at once straightforward and elegant...the Blue Duck gives fresh meaning to the word tavern." - Tom Sietsema, The Washington Post

Click here to reserve your place(s) (or make your donations)!!! (Earlier signups and premium seats (500+ up) get better seating)

Please note any non-standard dietary preference on your online registration.

Here is this year's menu (with vegan, vegetarian, kosher, non-seafood and gluten-free options available as needed):

First Course

    White Gazpacho

Garden Pesto, Roasted Grapes, Cucumber, Marcona Almonds

(Earth N Eats, PA)
    Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes

Corn Succotash, Smoked Tomato Broth, Garden Shoot Salad

(Chesapeake Bay, MD)

• Alternative Entrée:  
    Roasted Fresh Chicken

Creamy Polenta, Asparagus, Truffle Jus (Allen Farms, DE)

(Chesapeake Bay, MD)

Vegetarian Entrée
    Bean Cassoulet

Carrots, Celery, Bell Pepper, Fried Leek, Arugula Salad


    Key Lime Meringue

Raspberries & Raspberry Sauce


    Compass Regular and Decaffeinated Coffee, Cellar Teas

Wines with Dinner:

    Hayes Ranch Chardonnay, California

Hayes Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon, California


Directions: see the map below
658If you have any questions, please call the Park Hyatt at 202-789-1234. Parking & Metro: See above

Questions: Please call us at 301-365-8999. The best way to reserve is online by clicking below through our secure website; you may then print out your receipt. You may also fax your reservation to the Club at 301-365-0486.

Tax deductibility: To the extent permitted by law (please check with your tax advisor):
--Business: Full amount may be deductible as a business expense; consult your tax advisor
--Individual: Full amount of Scholarship Fund contributions plus the amount in excess of $145 per person for the dinner as a charitable contribution (as the Club is a Section 501(c)(3)) organization). For best seating, reserve early, whichever method you choose for reservations - online, mail, fax, or phone.


    Click here to reserve your place(s) (or make your donations)!!! (Earlier signups get better seating)

    Thank you for your support!

Event Details...

Day & Date: Thursday, June 7, 2018

Place: Park Hyatt Hotel, 24th & M Sts., NW (see map below), with the cuisine of Michelin-starred Blue Duck Tavern
Parking, Metro: Valet parking (additional); limited on-street after 6:30 pm. Metro: Foggy Bottom

Attire: Business Attire

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All rates, inclusive, including regular reception, dinner with wine, program, and terrific networking

Members prices start at 250/person, and Non-Member at 350/person, inclusive.

BONUS: If you sign up for the higher price tickets (500/person and above) online or a table, you can attend the Private Reception (and be listed in the program, if you'd like), in recognition of your added support, which is greatly appreciated.


6:30PM - 9:30PM Thu 7 Jun 2018 ( Timezone: Eastern )


Park Hyatt Washington
1250 - 24th Street, NW Ballroom
Washington, DC 20037 USA

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Look Who's Coming:

Jean-Francois Orsini
Harry Ridenour
Stephen Miller
Ban Tran
Brenda Robinson
  Robinson Strategic Solutions
Keith Jackson
  Classy Cool Weddings LLC
Edward Snyder
  Snyder Cohn
Edward Dosik
Joseph Semo
Beth Berman
Anthony Calhoun
Lee Corey
  Morgan Stanley
Pauline Thompson
  Tysons Realty
Geoffrey Hart
  JP Morgan
George Lane
Heinan Landa
  Optimal Networks
Steven Lerman, Esq.
  Lerman Senter
Jay Wright
Jessie Garchik
William Sullivan
Mary Kelley Sullivan
Mackenzie Kelley
John Kelley
Michael Anthony
Barbara Werther
David Gilson
Marya Pickering
  Daniel Morgan Graduate School
Frank Fletcher
  Daniel Morgan Graduate School
Jeffrey Grass
  buySAFE, LiveSafe, HUNGRY
Irene Grass
Eman Pahlavani
Hans Dreyer
Shy Pahlevani
Randy Klueger
  buySAFE, LiveSafe
Michelle Mulder
Don Grass
Mr. Zhao Yue
Mr. Qian Jin
Ms. Jiang Yuanyuan
Ms. Hu Shiya
Ms. Zhang Jiayou
Mr. Shao Zirun
Michelle Kotler
Monique Lass
Janice Trey
Alison Adler
George Bailey
Caroline Swann
  U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Stan Harrell
  U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Christine Kanuch
  U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Anne Lantry
  Lantry Family Foundation
Anne Lantry
  Lantry Family Foundation
H.E. Francisco Campbell, Amb. of Nicaragua
  Embassy of Nicaragua
Mrs. Miriam Hooker
  Embassy of Nicaragua
James Koltes
John Dragich
Mary Francis Koltes
  Lantry Family Foundation
Joan O'Leary
Stephanie Katz, Founder
  CETA Benefit Consulting Group, LLC
Lauren Katz
Michael Katz
Susan Lazev
Kimm Merkel
  Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Tracy Murray
  Cherry Bekaert LLP
Andi Tozzoli
  Strategic Management Consultants, LLC
Anna Alvarado
  Deli & Catering Concepts, Inc.
Kristina Fitzgerald
  Arnold & Porter
Sandra Felmingham
  Arnold & Porter
Judy Graham
Adrienne Lewis
  The Lewis Consulting Group, LLC
Daria Cervantes
  The Arc Montgomery County
Paul McGee
  Autoscribe Corporation
Chrissy Shawver
  The Arc Montgomery County
Sylvia Leathers
  U.S. Chamber of Commerce
David Morey, Chairman
  DMG Global
Jerome Barry, Exec. Dir. & Founder
  The Embassy Series
Mrs. Jose Manuel Romualdez
Lisette Barry
  The Embassy Series
Mr. James Lu, Director
  Amer. News Center/Phoenix Satellite TV
H.E. Jose Manuel Romualdez, Ambassador
  Embassy of the Philippines
Ms. Siobhan MacDermott
  Bank of America
Mr. Leonard Pfeiffer, Chairman
  Pfeiffer, Chairman
Craig Helsing, Former Exec. V.P.
Zie Zheng, Esq., General Counsel
  DMG Global
Lee Corey
Alan Schlaifer
  Wharton Club of DC
Jason Stern, CEO
  Braddock Communications
Andrea Essex
  Wharton Club of DC
Jeff Krasney
  IV Capital
Sue Hamilton
  Innovative Enterprise
Bob Swartz
Allan Goldberg
Dr. Charles Sneiderman
Larry French
Wharton Club's Guest
Emanuel Gonzalez-Revilla
Mrs. Tihomir Stoytchev
  Embassy of Bulgaria
H.E. Tihomir Stoytchev, Ambassador
  Embassy of Bulgaria
Betsy Glick
Christina Mumm
  Vintun LLC
Dr. Hans Mumm
  Victory Systems
Victor Lorica, MD
  Virginia Nephrology Group
Victor Lorica, MD
  Virginia Nephrology Group
Ann McLaughlin Korologos
... a total of 112 guests.
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