Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Intellectual Freedom Round Table to hold 40th anniversary celebration at Chicago Cultural Center

We're 40 this year! Come help us celebrate, at the Chicago Cultural Center, during the Annual ALA conference this summer!

Tickets available now!  Visit http://www.ala.org/ifrt/ifrt-40th-anniversary-celebration for more information

CHICAGO - After 40 years of defending and upholding First Amendment
rights, it is time for a party. Come join the Intellectual Freedom Round
Table (IFRT) from 7:30 - 10 p.m. on Friday, June 28, 2013 at the
magnificent Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St. at Michigan
Ave.) for our 40th Anniversary Celebration. This event is held in
conjunction with the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

Tickets for this worthy event are $30 for IFRT members and $40 for
non-members.  If you are not a member, consider joining IFRT for only
$15 and become involved in some of the most important issues in the
library community.  Tickets for students are $20.  All tickets are
available via ALA's Annual Conference registration system (note: you do
not have to register for the Annual Conference to attend).
Refreshments, including signature cocktails, will be served.

Proceeds from this event will benefit IFRT's prestigious John Phillip
Immroth Memorial Award, honoring the courage, dedication and
contribution of an individual or group setting the finest example for
the defense and furtherance of the principles of intellectual freedom.
The award was named for John Phillip Immroth, founder and first chair of
the Intellectual Freedom Round Table in 1973.  "The winners of this
award through the years have, without exception, been inspirational to
all of us who know the kind of risk and dedication it takes to stand up
for intellectual freedom," said Charles Kratz, chair of the Immroth
Award committee.  "Our goal is to raise $10,000 for the Immroth Award,
so that it can continue to honor those who richly deserve it for years
to come."  The 2013 Immroth Award recipient will be announced later this

Sponsorship opportunities are available to individuals and organizations
who wish to help support the event at a higher level.
Sponsorship levels are $100 (Defender), $250 (Advocate) and $500
(Champion) and include tickets, recognition in the program and other
benefits. Sponsorship donations above the price of the tickets are tax
deductible.  To become a sponsor of the IFRT 40th anniversary
celebration, contact Shumeca Pickett atspickett@ala.org or (312)

"The IFRT 40th Anniversary celebration will be a great opportunity to
bring together long-standing and brand new members of the Intellectual
Freedom community to honor our past and look forward to our future,"
says Julia Warga, chair of IFRT. "I invite everyone to come and share in
what promises to be a truly delightful event!"

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