10th Annual Walter Cronkite Faith & Freedom Award Gala
The elegant décor of New York City’s Rainbow Room added a touch of timeless charm to The Interfaith Alliance Foundation’s 10th Annual Walter Cronkite Faith & Freedom Award gala, as the Foundation and Mr. Cronkite honored Washington Post columnist Sally Quinn and Newsweek editor Jon Meacham for their commitment to preserving religious liberty and honoring America’s history of religious pluralism. Together, Mr. Meacham and Ms. Quinn created and moderate On Faith , a ground-breaking online forum where a panel of leaders in faith, journalism and academia answer a different question on faith each week.
The gala was a moving celebration of religious freedom and pluralism attended and enjoyed by a diverse group of supporters of The Interfaith Alliance & The Interfaith Alliance Foundation: members and donors, field activists, media representatives, policymakers, and of course, our three honored guests. Hosted at the Rainbow Room in New York City, the venue offered excellent displays of food and hospitality.
The evening began with a reception in the Pegasus room for our guests, honorees and Mr. Cronkite. After the cocktail hour, guests were ushered into the Rainbow Room for a powerful invocation by Ms. Janice Johnson, a faculty member of the Foundation’s Leadership Advancing Democracy & Diversity (LEADD) summer camp for high school students. Dinner followed, and the evening came to an inspiring conclusion as Sally Quinn and Jon Meacham graciously accepted the 2007 Walter Cronkite Faith & Freedom Award, and expressed their support and appreciation for the mission and work of The Interfaith Alliance and its Foundation.