We know that our members and supporters look forward to the FCBA Chairman’s Dinner every year, and we are deeply grateful for the continued support of this event by FCC Chairman Pai and his fellow Commissioners. Now in its 34th year, the Dinner represents an important opportunity for the bar to come together to celebrate our profession and support the FCBA Foundation.
Planning the Chairman’s Dinner is a months-long endeavor that generally begins about now. Given the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak, the Executive Committee of the FCBA has made the difficult decision that we simply cannot commit to holding our typical in-person dinner this December. We of course do not know how things will unfold over the next few months or what kinds of restrictions and precautions may remain in place in December, but it seems possible–and perhaps even likely–that a seated indoor event for more than 1,600 guests may still be either prohibited or unwise at that time.
While we are disappointed, the safety of our members and guests is our top priority, and the last thing we want to do is plan a dinner that has to be canceled in the fall (at significant potential expense and inconvenience for all of the attendees). We realize that this may affect planning for other meetings or events that otherwise would coincide with the Chairman’s Dinner, and we wanted to get the word out as soon as we could.
And although we aren’t going to be able to hold the traditional event in December, we’re confident that we will be able to do other events throughout the year—including events that will honor the FCC Chair. The FCBA has formed an Ad Hoc events committee to develop ideas for gatherings and activities we can enjoy together safely, and we welcome your input as well. Please stay tuned for news regarding these alternative programs and events, and stay well.