History of the Annual Dinner

The Bishop Walker School Annual Dinner began in 2011 when the school’s first Governing2018 Bishop Walker School Annual Dinner at Washington National Cathedral Board Chair, John Thorne, decided to hold a dinner to honor important individuals who support the mission and values of the Bishop Walker School and raise money for the school’s mission. The first Annual Dinner was held at the Metropolitan Club of the City of Washington, and after several years the, now, Annual Dinner outgrew that space. In 2016 and 2017, the Annual Dinner was held in the Grand Ballroom of the Willard Intercontinental Hotel with great success. For the school’s 10th Anniversary in 2018, the Annual Dinner Committee desired to have the Dinner in a grand space for such a momentous occasion, and Washington National Cathedral (WNC) graciously donated the use of its magnificent Nave for our celebration. The 2018 Annual Dinner was a record-breaking year in many ways. With over 625 people in attendance and a waiting list for tickets, the dinner raised almost $550,000. The wonder of the Cathedral’s architecture combined with the brilliant lighting creates a magical atmosphere, making WNC the perfect venue to host the school’s 2019 Annual Dinner as the school and its signature fundraising event continue to grow.

The Metropolitan Club of
the City of Washington
150-250 guests 
 Willard Intercontinental Hotel (2016-2017)  300-350 guests
 Washington National Cathedral (2018-Present)  325+ Guests

The Bishop Walker School Annual Dinner is an integral part of the school’s annual fund raising effort. Since its inception, the Annual Dinner has grown each year, and in 2018, the Dinner raised almost $550,000—nearly one quarter of the school’s operating budget. Due to the generosity of our donors, a significant portion of the expenses of the Dinner were sponsored, meaning the majority of the funds raised directly supports the Bishop Walker School and its 90 students in grades K through 5.


2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
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