The 72nd annual Alfred E. Smith Dinner was just held in New York City. Hosting more than 800 guests, including Governor Andrew Cuomo, Mayor Bill de Blasio, NYPD Comissioner James O’Neill, former mayors Michael Bloomberg and David Dinkins and many others, the event honors the former governor’s leadership and ability to maintain a positive approach to solving social issues despite setbacks by naming a modern-day “Happy Warrior”.
This year’s Happy Warrior Award was presented to John K. Castle, chairman and CEO of Castle Harlan Inc, philanthropist and adventurer. The award is part of The Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation’s efforts to bring hope to all children throughout New York. Keynote speaker at the event was speaker of the house Paul Ryan, and master of ceremonies was Patricia Heaton.
Over the years, the Alfred E. Smith Dinner has raised close to $3.5 million to support children’s charities and educational institutions in New York City.