Citation Award Dinner

Claim your (virtual!) spot at the Triad’s largest annual event dedicated to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Join us to build community and honor Mary Humphrey Kendrick of Greensboro and Rev. Dr. Frank K. Thomas of High Point

Like so many events in our community and across the country, NCCJ’s Citation Award Dinner is going VIRTUAL this year. The Citation Award Dinner is the Triad’s largest annual event dedicated to diversity and inclusion. It’s also NCCJ’s biggest program and our largest fundraiser, bringing in nearly 50% of the funds we need to fuel our work throughout the year.

Supporting the Citation Award Dinner is a great way to partner with NCCJ to fight racism, bias and bigotry in our Triad community. You can invest in this work by buying individual tickets or asking your employer to become a sponsor. Save the date (Wednesday, November 11, 2020) and claim your spot.

Thank you to our 2019 Dinner Champions!

In addition to making the Citation Award Dinner possible, support from these sponsors – like every gift made to NCCJ – ensures that we can work throughout the year with students, educators, and others to build a more compassionate community for all.

Celebrate champions of inclusion.

We present the Citation Award to leaders in our Triad community in recognition of their commitment to fighting bias, bigotry, and racism and their extraordinary efforts to make our community a better place for all of us — not just some of us. In 2020, we are proud to honor Mary Humphrey Kendrick and Rev. Dr. Frank K. Thomas.  Learn more about our honorees – both past and present.

Know someone who should be recognized for their work to make our community a more inclusive and compassionate? Nominate them for NCCJ’s Citation Award! Your participation is vital, because the committee can only consider people who have been formally nominated for the award.

As NCCJ’s major annual fundraising initiative, the Citation Award Dinner is an opportunity to share our mission of building a more just and compassionate community and showcase the work that’s made possible through the generous support of people and organizations from across the Triad.

Dinner FAQ

Why should I sponsor the Citation Award Dinner?

Do you value inclusion? As a sponsor of the Citation Award Dinner, you:

Invest and engage in the Triad community through your sponsorship

Make a powerful statement about the value you place on diversity, inclusion, and respectful dialogue across all segments of our community

Reach hundreds of local businesses, organizations, and community leaders at one event

Support NCCJ of the Piedmont Triad — an engaged, equipped organization that works to make the Triad an even better place for all who live here

Reach tomorrow’s leaders today. Our ANYTOWN graduates are actively shaping their communities. The youngest are in high school now and already making waves. They will be even more influential in years to come as they attend college, start careers, and deepen their civic engagement.

As a Dinner sponsor, how will I be recognized?

All sponsors will be recognized in newspaper ads placed in publications such as the Carolina Peacemaker, the Greensboro News & Record, and the Triad Business Journal. You will also be listed here on NCCJ’s website. In addition, sponsors are recognized the night of the Dinner in three highly visible ways: on a list in the dinner program that’s placed at every guest’s seat; on signage in the reception area; and on a sponsor slideshow that’s part of the evening’s program.

Do I need to pay for my sponsorship now?

No, you don’t need to pay now. We can invoice you on the date of your choice, any time before the June 30 following the Dinner (the end of our fiscal year.) You can fulfill your sponsorship pledge in one payment, or in installments. Simply fill out the table sponsorship form and let us know when to send your invoice. 

OK, I’m in! What can I expect now?

That’s great! We’re grateful for your support. First, we’ll be in touch to confirm your sponsorship. Next, you can begin inviting guests to sit at your table(s). Each table at the dinner seats ten (10) people. As we get closer to the day of the dinner, we’ll send reminders about your guest list. We’ll also ask if your guests have any dietary restrictions (ex: vegetarian, gluten-free) so that we can ensure the best possible experience for your guests. A few days before the dinner, we will send you some helpful information (directions, where to park, your table number etc.) If you have questions at any point, just let us know – we’re here to help!

Why do you need a list of my guests and their dietary restrictions?

We ask you to share your guest list so that our staff and volunteers know who to expect at each table. That way, we can help your guests find your seats if they forget your table number — it happens!

We ask you to share a list of any dietary restrictions you or your guests may have so that we can make sure the kitchen prepares enough vegetarian, gluten-free, etc. meals for everyone who requested one. If you don’t tell us advance, we can’t guarantee that those meals will be available.

How many seats are there at each table?

Each table seats ten (10) people.

Can I request a kosher or halal meal?

Unfortunately, no. The Koury Convention Center – where the Dinner is held – is not equipped with a kosher or halal kitchen. However:

We never serve pork or shellfish.
We offer a vegetarian meal option.
Want an alcohol-free table? Just let us know.

Who are your past Citation Award honorees?

Each year, and for the past many years, we’ve honored a distinguished list of community icons whose outstanding work and service have made an important impact for our community. We’re proud of all of our Citation Award honorees. You can learn more about them here.