In late October, more than 350 conservative leaders, philanthropists, and friends of the National Review Institute (NRI) from around the country came together to celebrate the legacy of William F. Buckley Jr. and the inaugural WFB Jr. Prize honorees in New York City.
For his entire life, Bill Buckley sought to preserve and buttress the foundations of our free society. To honor his achievement and inspire others, NRI’s board of directors created the William F. Buckley Jr. Prizes for Leadership in Supporting Liberty and Leadership in Political Thought. These prestigious awards honor its namesake and those who champion the principles Buckley advanced during his lifetime. This year’s recipients for the Buckley Prize included the DeVos Family, represented by Richard and Helen DeVos and Dick and Betsy DeVos, for Leadership in Supporting Liberty, and Bradley Prize recipient Charles Krauthammer for Leadership in Political Thought.
“It is a great honor to award the DeVoses, one of America’s greatest champions committed to free markets, religious liberty, and smaller government, and Charles Krauthammer, arguably today’s most distinguished and consequential public intellectual, with the inaugural Buckley Prize," NRI president Lindsay Craig said. "Both are ardent defenders of the free society and epitomize the exceptional spirit of Bill Buckley.”
The Buckley Prize Dinner was a capstone event for NRI after a successful organizational reboot in late 2013 and year-long effort to strengthen its existing programs and launch a number of new initiatives aimed at engaging, educating, and energizing conservatives around the country. These include NRI’s four core programs: Policy Fellows, Regional Fellows, Regional Partnership Events, and the William F. Buckley Jr. Fellowships in Political Journalism programs -- all which complement the mission and work of National Review magazine.
The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee substantially supports NRI.