The 2018 CEF Gala

Date: September 26, 2018 (Wednesday)
Location: Union Station
Registration Information: to come soon

CEF’s annual education gala is DC’s premier education event. It is the one night when the education community – advocates, policy-makers, and administrators – come together in support of education funding to honor those who have demonstrated their strong commitment to increasing the federal investment in education for the success of our nation’s students.

The 2017 CEF Gala honored three champions of the federal investment in education:

  • Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) received the Terrel H. Bell Award in honor of his outstanding advocacy of education as a congressional and national priority.
  • Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) each received the William H. Natcher Award, which recognizes distinguished service in elevating the priority of education funding to ensure better opportunities for our nation’s children.

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CEF Gala

September 26, 2018, at Union Station
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