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2015 Dinner and Reception


2015 Dinner and Reception

Join us for CEI’s Bourbon and BBQ Bash: Liberty served smooth and smokin’


The Competitive Enterprise Institute's annual dinner and reception brings together an audience of policy professionals, distinguished scholars, congressional staff, and CEI supporters to celebrate CEI's effective advocacy for freedom. The event is often cited as one of Washington's most enjoyable events. 

Thursday, June 11, 2015

JW Marriott Washington
1331 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

(Map and Directions to the JW Marriott

Reception at 6:00 p.m.
Dinner at 7:15 p.m. 

After Party to Follow

Business Attire

Ticket purchase and table sponsorships available here.

Keynote address by
Carly Fiorina

Business and Non-Profit Leader


Master of Ceremonies
Matt Welch

Editor-in-Chief of Reason Magazine


2015 Julian L. Simon Memorial Award Winner
Vernon Smith

2002 Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences &
Professor of Economics and Law at Chapman University

About the Award: Julian L. Simon was a free-market economist and professor known for his optimism about the future of mankind. To honor Simon’s achievements, the Competitive Enterprise Institute established the Julian L. Simon Memorial Award in 2001. The recipient of the prize is an individual whose work continues to promote the vision of man as the ultimate resource. Read more about the Simon award here.

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For all other questions, please contact Ellen Ruppert at or (202) 331-1010.

For purposes of congressional ethics rules, this dinner is a widely attended event.