About the Global Honors Evening
Each year since the early 1980s, the IRC has recognized individuals and organizations for contributions to foreign policy and global affairs, international commerce, or the Kansas City community. In 2019, we are pleased once again to celebrate a range of individuals and groups that make Kansas City a shining global community. The celebration will include cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and dessert, live entertainment, special recognitions, and the chance to meet some of Kansas City's most notable and beloved global citizens. This year’s Global Honors Evening will recognize efforts and achievement in the space of global health.
Global health is a field with broad reach and important local implications, including in our Kansas City area. Millions of lives have been positively impacted as access to health and healthcare has expanded thanks to the coordinated efforts of national governments, local communities, and international organizations. Still, significant work remains in our own communities and around the world to combat health disparities and challenges around infant and maternal mortality, chronic and infectious diseases, and the health of immigrant and refugee populations. New, innovative approaches and collaborative efforts in research, health system delivery strategies, and community-based health are essential to equalize access to health for everyone everywhere.
Distinguished Service Award for International Statesmanship – Ambassador Deborah Birx, M.D.
Coordinator of the United States Government Activities to Combat HIV/AIDS and U.S. Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy
Additional awardees will be announced in the coming weeks.
Distinguished Service Award for International Statesmanship
The 2019 Distinguished Service Award for International Statesmanship, conferred on dignitaries and thought leaders who have made outstanding contributions in international commerce, diplomacy, and education, will be presented to Ambassador Deborah Birx, M.D., Coordinator of the United States Government Activities to Combat HIV/AIDS and U.S. Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy. As part of receiving the award, Ambassador Birx will also offer an address on the importance and international implications of global health.
Ambassador Birx’s three-decade-long career has focused on HIV/AIDS immunology, vaccine research, and global health. As the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, Ambassador Birx oversees the implementation of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the largest commitment by any nation to combat a single disease in history, as well as all U.S. Government engagement with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Serving as the U.S. Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy, she aligns the U.S. Government’s diplomacy with foreign assistance programs that address global health challenges and accelerate progress toward: achieving an AIDS-free generation; ending preventable child and maternal deaths; and preventing, detecting, and responding to infectious disease threats.
Past recipients include Richard Myers (2017), Janet Napolitano (2014), Madeleine Albright (2006), John Danforth (2005), Robert M. Gates (2003), Alan Mulally (2001), Robert J. Eaton (1993), and William G. Hyland (1984).
Schedule for the Evening
5:30 Registration and reception with cocktails and appetizers. Meet-and-greet reception for VIP guests.
7:00 Program with keynote by Ambassador Deborah Birx, M.D. – theatre-style seating (no tables)
8:30 Coffee and dessert reception
Individual Tickets & Sponsorship Opportunities
Individual tickets will go on sale on September 1, but sponsorships are available now. We encourage your business or organization to consider sponsoring this special event, whose proceeds benefit the work of the International Relations Council, at one of the levels below. Thank you in advance for your generous support.
- Platinum Sponsor – $6,000: Logo in mailed invitation, recognition for stage, logo in printed program, printed program ad (full page), name listed on social media, logo on event signage and on screen, logo and link on IRC website for 1 year, 10 VIP tickets (valet parking, premier seating, additional drink ticket), 3-minute introduction of speaker, host private meeting/event with keynote speaker (based upon availability)
- Gold Sponsor – $3,500: Logo in mailed invitation, recognition for stage, logo in printed program, printed program ad (half page), name listed on social media, logo on event signage and on screen, 6 VIP tickets (valet parking, premier seating, additional drink ticket), 4 general admission tickets
- Silver Sponsor – $2,500: Recognition for stage, logo in printed program, name listed on social media, logo on event signage and on screen, 4 VIP tickets (valet parking, premier seating, additional drink ticket), 6 general admission tickets
- Bronze Sponsor – $1,500: Recognition for stage, name listed on social media, name on event signage and on screen, 2 VIP tickets (valet parking, premier seating, additional drink ticket), 8 general admission tickets
Contact Matthew Hughes at firstname.lastname@example.org » or 816-423-2632 with any sponsorship inquiries.