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USICD’s Fundraising Annual Gala

Every year we observe and celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on or around December 3rd. At our gala, we honor leaders of the disability rights movement whose impact has been felt on the international stage—American policymakers are recipients of the Dole-Harkin Award, for distinction in public service to the global disability community, and an overseas disability rights advocate is honored for his/her outstanding work in advancing the rights, opportunities, and dignity of persons with disabilities.

2020 Virtual Gala

THANK YOU FOR CELEBRATING THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES With the USICD Board, Donors, Friends and Congressional, Corporate, and other Partners of USICD!

Date: 3 December, 2020

Time: 7:00 to 8:00 PM EST

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Our 2020 Dole- Harkin Award Honorees!

Photo of Senator Bob Casey
Senator Bob Casey
A photo of Congresswoman Dina Titus
Congresswoman Dina Titus

Special Honor for International Advocacy presented to:

Ms. Ikponwosa Ero
International Advocate Ms. Ikponwosa Ero

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Ready to sponsor? Contact USICD’s Executive Director Isabel Hodge .


Past Gala Details:

2014 Dole-Harkin Honoree – Senator Tom Harkin; International Advocate- Gerard Quinn, Ireland. Event held at the U.S. Institute of Peace. View Photos.

2015 Dole-Harkin Honoree – Senator Kelly Ayotte; International Advocate, Kalle Konkkola, Finland. Event held at the Embassy of Finland. View Photos.

2016 Dole- Harkin Honorees – Senator Al Franken & Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers; International Advocate, Silvia Quan, Guatemala. Event held at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. View Photos.

2017 Dole-Harkin Honorees – Senator John Barrasso & Judith Heumann; International Advocate, Risnawati Utami, Indonesia. Event held at the Embassy of France. View Photos.

2018 Dole-Harkin Honorees – Senator John McCain II & Senator Tammy Duckworth; International Advocate, Rosemary Kayess, Australia. Event held at the AT&T Forum in Washington, DC. View Photos.

2019 Dole-Harkin Honorees – Representative Jim Langevin and Marca Bristo (posthumously); International Advocate, Sir Philip Craven, United Kingdom. Event held at the AT&T Forum in Washington, DC. View Photos. Watch video remarks from USICD’s President, Dr. Patricia Morrissey Watch the Marca Bristo memorial video shown at the Gala. Watch video remarks from Sir Philip Craven.