On September 30, the NCAFP gathered more than 250 distinguished guests for our 2017 Gala Awards Dinner. We gathered to honor two highly regarded leaders in the worlds of policy, business, and philanthropy.
David M. Rubenstein, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of the Washington, D.C.-based Carlyle Group, received the NCAFP's Global Business Leadership Award for his laudable commitment to personal philanthropic endeavors across the arts, medicine, academia and foreign affairs. Additionally, under his guidance, The Carlyle Group has risen to become one of the global leaders in alternative asset management and one of the world's most successful investment firms.
The Honorable Joseph R. Biden, Jr., 47th Vice-President of the United States, received the NCAFP's Hans J. Morgenthau Award for his legacy of public service to the United States and his more than forty years at the forefront of shaping U.S. foreign policy.
Then-Senator Biden's leadership in the United States Senate, most notably through his service on, and chairmanship of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, helped to guide the United States through decades of foreign affairs decision-making on issues such as NATO enlargement, peacekeeping and engagement in the Balkans, and working toward stability to the Middle East.
Further, as Vice President, he played a crucial role in advising the Obama Administration on international issues, and shaping foreign policy to broaden and clarify the United States’ strategic vision for Europe, enhance and deepen its role in the Asia-Pacific and further its interests the world over.
The evening was hosted by the esteemed Charlie Rose, with remarks, introductions and interjections from such dignitaries as NCAFP President Rosemary A. DiCarlo, NCAFP Senior Vice President Donald S. Rice, Esq., the Honorable Paul A. Volcker, and Ambassador Donald M. Blinken.