Founders' Gala Report Cherie Harder
Thursday, September 29, 2011


What a celebration!

Last week at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, the Trinity Forum hosted our 20th Anniversary Founders’ Gala – and what a party it was! It was a wonderful time to honor our co-founders, Os Guinness and Al McDonald, while also looking ahead to the future of the Forum.

From beginning to end, the Gala was an evening of phenomenal music, challenging remarks from our two Founders and keynote speakers, and opportunities to reconnect with old friends and meet new ones. To see more photos, visit our Facebook page.

The celebration began with a welcome from Trinity Forum Board Chairman Al Sikes as he introduced Kara Callaghan, who sang a beautiful rendition of the Lord’s Prayer to begin dinner. During dinner, guests heard from both Al McDonald on the history of the Trinity Forum and from Os Guinness on “Leaders of Hope and Renewal.” We also debuted our new video detailing the exciting work of the Forum (view the Trinity Forum video on our website).

Towards the end of the evening, after remarks by 20th Anniversary committee chairman Mac Briggs, Isaac Slade, the lead singer of the internationally successful band, The Fray, generously gave of his remarkable talents by performing two of The Fray’s most popular songs “You Found Me” and “How to Save a Life,” along with “Be Still” a new song that will be on their forthcoming album. It was certainly a great way to end a night of reflection on the past 20 years and to look ahead with anticipation to the next two decades.

In his remarks, Os Guinness challenged us to continue in our work of building networks of leaders whose integrity and vision will promote cultural renewal: “my hope is that the Trinity Forum’s witness to the western world will be: ‘they served God’s purpose in their generation.'” From our inception 20 years ago, the Forum has strived to achieve this mission through our programs and publications that engage leaders with the great ideas of civilization in the context of faith for personal and societal renewal.

We hope you will continue to join us in this important work!




Cherie Harder