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IWP honors Amb. Curtin Winsor, Jr. and Dr. Joseph Donner, Jr.

IWP honors Amb. Curtin Winsor, Jr. and Dr. Joseph Donner, Jr.

Amb. Aldona Wos presenting an award to Amb. Curtin Winsor
Above: IWP President Amb. Aldona Woś presenting an award of appreciation to Amb. Curtin Winsor

Nearly 60 guests gathered at a special dinner on the evening of Friday, January 27, to honor longtime IWP supporters Amb. Curtin Winsor, Jr. and Dr. Joseph Donner, Jr.

At the dinner, IWP President Amb. Aldona Woś gave remarks about IWP and then celebrated the honorees. She described Amb. Curtin Winsor’s work in the Foreign Service, as Special Emissary to the Middle East, and as U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica during the Contra War in Nicaragua, as well as his career in business. She described the many worthy philanthropic causes that he has supported with his time and resources and expressed her appreciation for his many years on the IWP Board of Advisors.

Mitzi Perdue, Amb. Curtin Winsor, Jr., Anita Winsor
Mitzi Perdue, Amb. Curtin Winsor, Jr., Anita Winsor

Amb. Woś then honored Dr. Joseph Donner, who could not attend in person. She noted that Dr. Donner had also served as a Foreign Service Officer before going into business. He then left Wall Street to earn his Ph.D. in British History at Columbia University. He has also dedicated much of his life to supporting philanthropic causes, including serving as one of the earliest supporters of National Review.

Anita Winsor, Amb. Winsor’s daughter, accepted the award on Joe Donner’s behalf.

The keynote speaker for the evening was IWP Board of Advisors member and exfiltration expert Kelley DeConciliis, who gave a talk on “Afghanistan Exfiltration 2021-When Diplomacy Goes Dark.”

Kelley DeConciliis giving the keynote address
Kelley DeConciliis giving the keynote address on Afghanistan Exfiltration 2021

The reception before the dinner included elegant champagne glasses with patriotic champagne cocktails generously donated by Mitzi Perdue.

IWP is very grateful to Amb. Winsor and Dr. Donner for their generous support over many years, and we are grateful to IWP Board of Advisors member Anita Winsor for helping organize the dinner.

Mitzi Perdue with Amb. Aldona Woś and donated champagne glasses
Mitzi Perdue with Amb. Aldona Woś, holding champagne glasses donated by Ms. Perdue