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DMI Annual Benefit: it’s only the coolest fundraiser of the year

DMI's Annual Benefit is just weeks away. On June 21st at Cipriani on 23rd street the Drum Major Institute and all of our supporters will be coming together for the big annual event that's key to keeping a leading edge think tank growing and going strong.

How cool is the DMI benefit?
Professor Cornell West of Harvard - the Cornell West will be presenting honoree Tavis Smiley with the Drum Major for Justice Award for being an outstanding voice for social change in the news media and beyond. You probably know Mr. Smiley from his nightly talk show on PBS and the best selling progressive book "The Covenant with Black America."

We are also honoring NYC's Mayor Michael Bloomberg for his leadership creating PlaNYC 2030 - a visionary plan to make New York City a model for environmentally sustainable cities in the 21st century. PlaNYC has been lauded by environmentalists and urban planning groups alike.

And who will be presenting his award? None other than civil rights leader Rev. Dr. James Forbes of Riverside Baptist Church. I love that guy. He is one of the most moving, inspiring speakers I have ever, ever heard (and I hear a lot of speakers). He is about to retire so we are extremely fortunate to have him at our benefit.

So what is left to do but buy tickets to the coolest benefit party of the season!

Here's the info

Drum Major Institute for Public Policy 2007 Drum Majors for Justice Awards
Cipriani 23rd Street
23rd Street and Fifth Avenue
Thursday, June 21, 2007
6:30pm -8:30 pm

Cocktail Reception Plus:
No boring rubber-chicken dinners for the Drum Major Institute. It's a festive affair celebrating our honorees and our work. Mingle with a diverse crowd of New Yorkers committed to creating social change. Eat great food, enjoy stimulating conversations and meet our inspiring honorees. (see I told you it was cool)

RSVP by June 14

Buy your tickets NOW at or RSVP at

Be a sponsor or place an ad in our program!

Please contact Penny Abeywardena with any questions at 646-274-5680 or penny(insert the at sign)

Brought you by DMI, our Board of Directors and 2007 Host Committee.

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Posted at 6:51 AM, Jun 08, 2007 in Drum Major Institute
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