Adam Smith Awards Dinner: June 6
The Adam Smith Awards Dinner is Wednesday, June 6 at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium at 1301 Constitution Avenue, NW in Washington, D.C.

The dinner will recognize two individuals who are “2012 Champions of Free Enterprise” by bestowing two awards. The first is the Public Official Award, which will be given to Honorable Harold D. Rogers, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. He will be introduced by Honorable Haley Barbour, former Governor of Mississippi.

The second is the Business Citizen Award, which will be given to Bernadette Budde, senior vice president of political analysis at BIPAC. Bernadette will be introduced by Bob LaBrant, senior vice president of political affairs and general counsel at the Michigan Chamber of Commerce.

The sponsors reception begins at 6 p.m. with the supporters reception at 6:30 p.m. and the dinner and program beginning at 7:15 p.m.

Dress is business attire and valet parking is available.

The dinner is sponsored by Friends of Adam Smith Foundation, BIPAC, Verizon Communications, CQRoll Call, Brown-Forman Corporation, National Association of Manufacturers, and many others at the silver and bronze sponsorship levels.

For more information and sponsorship opportunities, call 703-761-1505 or email

Adam Smith “believed that ‘wealth’ is not an accumulation of gold, but the development of farms, factories, cheap fuel, good streets, good schools and efficient transportation,” the invitation says. “In effect, the ‘wealth’ of a nation is made up of the productive energies of its people. The influence of his work is so great that Smith is considered the founder of the study of economics and is widely credited with defining and establishing the concept of free market capitalism.”

The Leadership Institute is the sole producer and distributor of Adam Smith ties and products in the United States.

Dubbed by Time Magazine, “the neckpiece of conservative Washington,” the Adam Smith tie’s distinguished history goes back to 1968. Men may purchase ties and cuff links and for women, LI offers scarves.

If you are interested in purchasing this attire, please go here or contact Cathy Graham at