When we wrote asking you to help us bestow upon Conrad Black The New Criterion’s 2020 Edmund Burke Award for Service to Culture and Society, we thought it would be the event of the season. Many of you have already answered our call in a way that not only honors our distinguished recipient but also helps us sustain The New Criterion. Conrad, we know, has been delighted by your outpouring of support.
O fortuna, velut luna! Fickle fortune had other ideas. We were so looking forward to welcoming you on April 30 at New York’s magnificent Metropolitan Club. Alas, like every other facility in New York, the club has temporarily closed, at least through the end of April. Furthermore, the authorities have put a stringent limitation on the size of public gatherings.
This means that we will no longer be able to honor Conrad in person on April 30. This year, alas, the investiture must be in absentia. Conrad remains our 2020 Edmund Burke honoree. But we will have to honor him in our separate redoubts.
We all deeply regret having to cancel the event. We hope, however, that you will help us salvage the evening, and write to suggest that you consider converting your table or ticket purchases into a fully tax-deductible donation to The New Criterion. Through such beneficence, you recognize our 2020 honoree while also helping to assure the survival of The New Criterion.
Our annual Burke Award gala is The New Criterion’s single biggest fundraiser of the year, funding nearly a quarter of our annual program expenses. Its success is vital to our small, independent operation. The loss of the event creates a major shortfall in our budget. I hope that, in addition to converting your support for the gala into a regular donation, you might also consider an extra gift in recognition of Conrad and to help us meet our immediate needs as we all work to ensure the continuation of the magazine’s operations. Please visit newcriterion.com/gala to contribute.
With warm but also sad regards,
Conrad Black is a financier and author and columnist in a large number of publications in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom, including the National Post, National Review Online, American Greatness, and The New Criterion. He is the author of biographies of Maurice Duplessis, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Richard M. Nixon, a strategic history of the United States (Flight of the Eagle), and Rise to Greatness: the History of Canada from the Vikings to the Present. His most recent books are Donald J. Trump: A President Like No Other and The Canadian Manifesto. He was the publisher of the London Telegraph newspapers and The Spectator from 1987 to 2004 and controlled many other newspapers including the Chicago Sun-Times, the Jerusalem Post, and the National Post, which he founded. He is the active honorary chairman of Conrad Black Capital Corporation, has been a member of the British House of Lords as Lord Black of Crossharbour since 2001, and is a Knight of the Holy See.