The West Point Association of Graduates hosts the annual Donor Tribute Event to thank the Academy’s most generous donors and demonstrate our appreciation for all that they do for Margin of Excellence programs. During this event, WPAOG also recognizes donors that have been inducted into one of the Lifetime Giving Societies.
At this formal dinner, we recognize donors that have been inducted into one of the Lifetime Giving Societies during the previous calendar year.
Thursday, May 2, 2024
Projects Day Research Symposium
The Projects Day Research Symposium showcases more than 400 research projects by over 1,000 Firstie cadets across all 13 of the Dean’s Academic Departments, the Department of Military Instruction, and the Department of Physical Education. Demonstrations include posters, presentations, static and dynamic displays, and questions and answer sessions. WPAOG invited guests have the opportunity to view these projects and see the impact their support has on the cadet experience.
Buffet Luncheon with the Dean of the Academic Board
Typically during this luncheon, the Dean of the Academic Board discusses academic cadet experiences and provides updates and information about the Academy. Select cadets join the Dean and speak about their Margin of Excellence experiences.
WPAOG wraps up the Donor Tribute Event with a dinner reception. Donors have the opportunity to mingle with each other and members of the West Point staff and faculty.
*Donors need to meet the giving criteria in the previous calendar year*
Invited to Donor Tribute Event (Wednesday & Thursday Events):
Donors with lifetime giving of $100K or more
Cullum Society donors with lifetime giving of $100K or more
Corporations, Foundations, Family Foundations, & Organizations with lifetime giving of $100K or more
(1) representative from West Point Societies and West Point Parent Clubs being inducted into one of the Lifetime Giving Societies
(1) representative from West Point Societies and West Point Parent Clubs with lifetime giving of $100K or more
Newly inducted Pershing Society ($25K+) members
West Point Ready Campaign Cabinet Members (during campaign years 2020-2027)
WPAOG Board of Directors
WPAOG Advisory Council Members
Alumni Support & Development Committee Members
Invited to Donor Tribute Day (Thursday events only):
Annual donors that give $2,500 or more to a restricted account
Supt Circle donors that give $2,500 level or more
Chairman’s Circle donors that give $1,000 level or more
Young Gray Line donors (Classes of 2022 – 2012) that gave $1,000 to $4,499
Army A Club donors that give $2,500 or more (excluding membership fee)
(1) Representative from West Point Society & Parent Club presidents of societies & clubs that made gifts of $2,500 or more
Class Presidents of classes in active fundraising campaign
Cullum Society donors with lifetime giving of $25,000-$99,999
When do invites get sent out?
Invites go out in the mail at the end of February. A reminder invitation will also be emailed in March.
When is this event held every year?
The Donor Tribute Event is held every year in the Spring (late April/early May) in conjunction with the United States Military Academy’s Projects Day Research Symposium.
I was invited to the Wednesday night Margin of Excellence Donor Dinner last year but wasn’t invited to the Wednesday night dinner this year, why is this?
This could be for a variety of reasons but most commonly when a donor was inducted into the John J. Pershing Society last year. You need to reach the Hap Arnold Society (lifetime giving of 100K or more) to be invited to the Wednesday night dinner again. Please see the “Criteria to be Invited” tab for more information.
What is a Cullum Society Donor?
The Cullum Society was established to recognize special benefactors who have made gifts for the future of West Point and the Long Gray Line through bequests and other planned gift vehicles. Click here for more information.
Where should I stay?
Development Events gets a block at the Thayer Hotel for this event. When you register to attend the event, it will give you an option to reserve (1) room at the Thayer Hotel. Our block does fill up so we encourage you to register early.
What do I wear?
Wednesday Evening: Civilian – Business Attire (Suit with tie)/Ladies Equivalent Military – AGSU A
All Thursday Events: Civilian – Business Casual (Jacket, no tie)/Ladies Equivalent Military – Duty Uniform
How do I get access to post?
All non-DOD visitors are required to check in at the Visitor Control Center (VCC) in order to gain entry onto the military installation. When you register for the event, you will have the opportunity to provide your credential information ahead of time so that your background check can be done prior to your arrival.