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Frequently Asked Questions about the Africa Prize Weekend

General Questions

How much are tickets and how can I get them?

Tickets for the Saturday gala event are $250, of which $125 is tax deductible. Tickets can be purchased on our website (purchase tickets), or by calling 1-800-228-6691.

What if my company would like to sponsor the event?

Sponsorships are available for $5,000, $10,000, $25,000 or more (Corporate Sponsorship information). See also the FAQs regarding table sponsorships, below.

When should I come and where should I go?

The reception before the dinner will open at 6:00pm on Saturday, October 18. Start by picking up your table assignments on the second floor of the Hilton Hotel. Then proceed to the third floor to meet your friends for the reception and enter the ballroom for dinner.

What should I wear and what will we eat?

The black tie or national dress dinner will feature a fish entree. E-mail Maria Scharin at to request a vegetarian meal.

How can I learn more about The Hunger Project that weekend?

There will be opportunities to learn more about The Hunger Project that weekend. Read the full schedule of events.

Where can I find hotel information?

This is a busy time of year in New York, so book hotels early! Click here for hotel information.

Where is all of this taking place?

All events take place at the New York Hilton Hotel, 1335 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10019.

FAQs for Table Hosts and Table Sponsors

When is ticket payment due?

For tickets reserved before the end of September, payment is due no later than September 30th, and preferably before that. Any seats reserved after September 30th must be paid for when the reservation is made.

Is my full ticket payment deductible?

Half of each ticket, $125, is considered tax deductible by the IRS. As an example, for anyone sponsoring a table of ten, $1,250 of their payment will be considered tax deductible.

Can I reserve an entire table, and then invite people to attend as my guests?

Yes, that's called being a table sponsor. A table sponsor is someone who pays or pledges to pay $2,500 or more to reserve a table and all the seats at that table, with $1,250 of that amount being tax deductible. Guests at a sponsored table need not buy their own tickets. If they do buy tickets, their payment will not affect the $1,250 non-deductible portion for the table sponsor. (We may apply any such "extra" ticket payments to support the attendance of dignitaries or staff at the event.)

I'd like to fill a table, but I'm not prepared to pay for all of my guests. Can I do that?

Yes, you can be a table host. A table host is someone who commits to filling a table by enrolling people to attend and pay for their tickets themselves. If a table host ultimately chooses to pay for some or all of their guests during the filling process, they are free to do so, with half of the cost of each ticket being tax-deductible.

How many seats are there at a table?

A standard table has ten seats. As an exception, it is possible to seat 11 or 12 people at a table. Please notify us as soon as possible if you are requesting a table with more than ten seats.

If I'm a table sponsor or table host, what is the deadline for filling my table?

You are welcome to continue enrolling people to attend the event until the day of the event -- unless you see a posting on our website that the event is sold out. However, after October 12th we reserve the right to place other people in any unfilled seats at your table (unless you have paid for those unfilled seats and request that we keep them available for you). If you confirm any new guests after October 12th, please contact us to see if we will be able to seat them at your table.

Can I financially support the event even if I'm not able to be there?

An event sponsor is someone -- whether a corporation or individual -- who wishes to support the fall event and be recognized for doing so in the printed program, but is not planning to attend the event or fill any seats. Event sponsorship is available with an investment of $5,000 or more. Read Corporate Sponsorship information.

For more information about being a table sponsor or table host, please contact Jim Goodman at