Gala

Sorensen to host second Autumn Gala on Nov. 14
Sep 12 2014 - 2:34pm

Join new friends and old at the Sorensen Institute's Autumn Gala on Friday, Nov. 14. The event begins at 6 p.m. at the Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City.

You can have your business or organization sponsor a table! Contact Colleen Smith at 434-982-4910.

Speakers include Jim Moran and Sorensen alumni Robert Hurt and Scott Rigell.

After dinner, the evening continues at a special alumni afterparty at Siné Irish Pub in Pentagon Row beginning at 9 p.m. All Sorensen alumni, including those who cannot attend the Gala, are invited to the afterparty. Potential PLP and CTP applicants are also welcome. (There is no dress code for the afterparty—cocktail and casual attire are equally appropriate.)

To purchase Gala tickets, visit www.sorensengala.com. To RSVP for the free alumni afterparty, email rachel.casebolt@virginia.edu.

EVENT: 2014 Spring Gala in Richmond
Apr 4 2014 - 1:08pm

The Sorensen Institute invites you to a Spring Gala welcoming the new administration. Join us on Friday, May 16 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center for an evening devoted to Trust, Civility and Respect in Politics. The black-tie event begins at 6 p.m.

You can have your business or organization sponsor a table! Contact Colleen Smith at 434-982-4910.

Speakers include Terry McAuliffe, Ralph Northam, Mark Herring, Bill Howell, and Tommy Norment.

After dinner, the evening continues at a special alumni afterparty across the street at the Hilton Garden Inn Richmond Downtown at 9 p.m. All Sorensen alumni, including those who cannot attend the Gala, are invited to the afterparty. Potential program applicants are also welcome. (There is no dress code for the afterparty—black tie and casual attire are equally appropriate.)

To purchase Gala tickets, visit www.sorensengala.com. To RSVP for the free alumni afterparty, email rachel.casebolt@virginia.edu.

SLIDESHOW: 2013 Spring Gala
May 10 2013 - 4:15pm

The 2013 Spring Gala on April 2 brought nearly 400 Virginians together in Richmond to honor our current and former Lieutenant Governors and Attorneys General. Speakers included John Hager, Mary Sue Terry, Jerry Kilgore, Tim Kaine and keynote speaker Jim Lehrer.


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VIDEO: Founders Award
Apr 17 2013 - 2:58pm

Leigh Middleditch, co-founder of the Sorensen Institute, presented Sorensen's first Founders Award at this month's Gala. Award-winner Walt De Vries' Institute of Political Leadership in North Carolina was the inspiration for the Sorensen Institute. De Vries was also responsible for bringing Middleditch and co-founder Michael Bills together in 1993.

Michael Pearlmutter, executive director of the Institute of Political Leadership in North Carolina, accepted the award on behalf of Walt De Vries.

 

 

VIDEO: Tribute to Bill Wood at Spring Gala
Apr 15 2013 - 11:18am

The 2013 Sorensen Gala on April 2 brought nearly 400 Virginians together in Richmond to honor our current and former Lieutenant Governors and Attorneys General.

Cooper Center director John Thomas began the evening with a heartfelt tribute to Sorensen's founding executive director Bill Wood, who passed away Nov. 16.

 

 

Watch the Newsroom for more video of this event in the upcoming week, and keep an eye on our Facebook page for a wealth of Gala photos coming soon.

GALA 2013: Richmond Convention Center, April 2
Jan 22 2013 - 12:50pm

The Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership will host its annual Spring Gala on Tuesday, April 2 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.

This year's event honors Virginia's Lieutenant Governors and Attorneys General. Speakers will include Mary Sue Terry, Jerry Kilgore, Don Beyer, John Hager and keynote speaker Jim Lehrer of PBS NewsHour.

You can have your business or organization sponsor a table! Contact Colleen Smith at 434-982-4910.

Visit sorensengala.com for directions, tickets and sponsorship opportunities.  


Gov. McDonnell and eight former Governors of Virginia at Sorensen's 2012 Governors Gala
VIDEO: Nine Governors' Remarks from Spring Gala
May 31 2012 - 2:13pm

The 2012 Governors Gala was a historic event, gathering together all eight former governors of Virginia, as well as Gov. McDonnell. Video recording of the governors' remarks was provided courtesy of VDOT's Communications Division. Videos can be viewed in HD at 1280X720 on our YouTube channel.

 

AUDIO: "Service to Sorensen" Award
Apr 24 2012 - 5:16pm

The "Service to Sorensen" Award recognizes the graduate who has most given of time, talents and efforts in supporting the Sorensen Institute in the past year. This year's award was presented to Helm Dobbins of Danville.

 

AUDIO: "Expression of Ideals" Award
Apr 24 2012 - 5:09pm

The Expression of Ideals Award recognizes the graduate who has, in the past year, best represented the ideals at the heart of the Sorensen mission: a spirit of ethics, bipartisanship and civic engagement. This year's Expression of Ideals award was presented to Margi Vanderhye (PLP 2006) and Jon Hannah (PLP 2011).

Featured Alumni

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    Dan Carey

    Political Leaders Program

    Class of 2007

    Cardiologist Dr. Dan Carey lives and works in Lynchburg. He is a Major (ret) in the United States Air Force, former President of the Medical Society of Virginia and former President of the Lynchburg Academy of Medicine.