26th Annual Kennedy-King Dinner

Virginia’s Eighth Congressional District Democratic Committee Presents
The 26th Annual Kennedy-King Dinner
Thursday, September 26, 2019
6:00 PM Reception; 7:30 PM Dinner
Doubletree by Hilton Crystal City, 300 Army Navy Drive, Arlington 22202

Featuring Special Guests Congressmen Don Beyer and Jim Clyburn

We come together from across Northern Virginia to celebrate the legacies and aspirations of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Senator Robert F. Kennedy, to advance the Democratic Party’s mission for peace, justice and equality, and to Turn Virginia Blue. We are delighted to have Congressmen Don Beyer and Jim Clyburn join us as our special guests.

Individual Ticket

Ticket: $135
Benefactor Ticket: $170
Sponsor Ticket: $200
Patron Ticket: $250
YD/ Senior/Union Member Ticket: $110

Table Tickets

Table: $1,350
Benefactor Table: $1,700
Sponsor Table: $2,000
Patron Table: $2,500 (10 per table)

A cash bar will be available. Self-parking available at a discounted rate of $10 per car with validation.

Purchase your tickets today: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/kk2019
If you prefer to pay by check, you can download the form here: Kennedy-King Dinner Invite 2019
For more information, contact Charley: charleyconrad@gmail.com

About our Special Guests:

Congressman Jim Clyburn

James E. Clyburn is the Majority Whip is the third-ranking Democrat in the United States House of Representatives.  He previously served in the post from 2007 to 2011 and served as Assistant Democratic Leader from 2011 to 2019.

James E. “Jim” Clyburn was born and raised in Sumter, graduated high school in Camden; and College in Orangeburg; and began his professional career as a public school teacher in Charleston. He is the eldest son of a fundamentalist minister and a cosmetologist. Jim is married to the former Emily England of Moncks Corner, and they are the parents of three daughters, two granddaughters and two grandsons. They are 1961 graduates of South Carolina State College (University), and have always lived in what is now South Carolina’s Sixth Congressional District.

Congressman Clyburn began teaching English and Social Studies at Simonton Middle School and World History at C.A. Brown High School in 1962. After three years in the classroom he became an employment counselor, directed two youth and community development programs and served as Executive Director of the South Carolina Commission for Farm Workers.

After losing a close contest for the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1970, Jim caught the eye of Governor John Carl West, who made him the first minority advisor to a South Carolina governor. Under Governor West, Jim demonstrated his strong leadership skills and in 1974 Governor West appointed him South Carolina Human Affairs Commissioner.


Jim retired from state government in 1992 to run for Congress. His relationships throughout the district and his proven leadership ability enabled him to garner over 55% percent of the vote in a five-candidate contest. He won the General Election, and became South Carolina’s first African American Congressman in nearly 100 years.

In Congress, Jim has progressively climbed the leadership ladder. He was elected President of his freshman class for the 2nd Session of the 103rd Congress, and was unanimously elected Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus in 1999. In 2002, he won a three-candidate race to become Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus, and was unanimously elected Caucus Chair in 2006 and became House Majority Whip in 2007.

Jim is currently House Majority Whip, the number three position in the House Democratic Caucus.  He has a seat at the table when key decisions are being made in Washington and he works everyday to keep his promise to the people of South Carolina to put, “Service above self and principles above politics.” (from clyburnforcongress.com)


Congressman Don Beyer

Don Beyer was inaugurated on January 6, 2015, to his first term as a member of the US House of Representatives serving Virginia’s 8th congressional district in Northern Virginia.

Don had spent the previous 40 years building his family business into a successful, community-based collection of retail automobile dealerships, including nine franchises and five manufacturers.

Don began his career in public service in 1989, when he was first elected as Virginia’s 36th Lieutenant Governor alongside Governor Douglas Wilder. He became the first champion for Virginians with physical and sensory disabilities, chairing a disabilities commission for eight years that has become a central responsibility of subsequent lieutenant governors. While leading Virginia’s Poverty and Welfare Reform Commission, Don was credited with passing the state’s landmark welfare reform legislation, which has served as a model for federal reforms. As Chair of the Virginia Economic Recovery Commission, he helped pass permanent pro-business reforms and was co-founder of the Northern Virginia Technology Council.

An active leader in Democratic politics, Don served as: the Virginia Chair of both the Clinton-Gore and Kerry-Edwards campaigns, the Treasurer and Virginia Chair for Howard Dean, Finance Chairman with Mark Warner’s Forward Together campaign, and Mid-Atlantic Finance Chair for President Obama.

In 2009, President Obama nominated Don to serve in his administration as Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein. At the U.S. Embassy, Don worked to impose tough international sanctions to bring Iran to the bargaining table and led efforts to crack down on Swiss bank secrecy.

Don has four children, Clara, Grace, Don, and Stephanie, and two grandchildren, Ava and Will. He and his wife Megan live in Alexandria, Virginia. (from friendsofdonbeyer.com)