Annual Dinner

Invitation to The National Museum of Language’s 15th Annual Dinner

Sunday, June 23, 2013 5:00 – 8:00 pm

Come enjoy the dinner and program in the relaxing ambiance of Mulligan’s Banquet Hall on the University of Maryland Golf Course, University Blvd & Stadium Dr, College Park, MD 20742. Ample free parking is available. Buy tickets online or by mail. See map for directions.

Keynote address:

fischerOur keynote speaker: Dr. Donald Fischer, former Provost of the Defense Language Institute. His topic is: Language Learning Resources: Available, Low Cost, Effective.  Dr. Donald Fischer retired as Provost, Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center in December 2012.   Dr. Fischer is also a former Commandant of the Institute and a retired US Army Colonel.  Dr. Fischer’s major academic interest is related to the neurochemistry of language acquisition and learning with a focus on how motivation develops and ideas on aiding the process.

Read more about Donald Fischer

Award Ceremony

Nordin_GlennThe Outstanding Advocate for Languages Award will be given to Glenn H. Nordin as part of the NML Annual Dinner’s regular awards ceremony. Mr. Nordin is Language and Culture Advisor, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence [OUSD(I)] Human Capital Management Office, U.S. Department of Defense.

Read more about Glenn Nordin

Tickets are $65.00 for members and $75.00 for non-members. Please note that sponsorship opportunities are available for our supporters.Download the prospectus for sponsors here.Tickets will be on a will-call basis, available for pickup at the door. Please note that $30 of the cost of each ticket is tax-deductible as a donation to the National Museum of Language. See IRS notes below for details.


Choose ticket options below. If you wish to send your order by mail with a check,please download the order form here. At 5:00 p.m. a reception with snacks and a cash bar will start off the program. During this time a silent auction will be held featuring items donated by our generous supporters and NML Board Members and friends. Dinner will be served after 6:00 pm.

Entrée Choices: 1) Chesapeake Chicken: Roasted Bone-in Chicekn Breast filled with crab imperial served with garlic red bliss mashed potatoes and creamed corn. 2) Chicken Prevencal: Herbed marinated bone-in chicken breast topped with chicken cream volute, served with grilled vegetables and wild rice. 3) Salmon Piccata: Pan-seared salmon filet topped with lemon, caper, and white wine butter sauce served with penne pasta.  4) Vegetarian: Wild Mushroom and Artichoke Risotto: Creamy Risotto with wild mushsooms, artichokes, sauteed spinach, oven roasted tomatoes, and asparagus.  (Special dietary needs can be met upon request, enter a message when you order online.)

Silent Auction Donation: Do you have a talent or service you’d like to share by donating it to the museum? You can send us a description and we’ll add it to the auction items. Other options might include a stay in a beach house, tickets to a sports or entertainment event, language lessons, or works of art or crafting. The silent auction helps to boost NML’s income from the annual dinner and supports our programs throughout the coming year.

Ticket Purchase


Single Tickets
Meal Choice

Your Silent Auction Item (Opt)
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Multiple Tickets
Meal Choice
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Sponsorship Payments

Program Ad or congratulatory message


Sponsor Program Message
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Agreement form for sponsors in pdf file / or in Word file

Table Sponsorship

Bring 8 people from your organization and sit at a special table.


Sponsor Table of Eight
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(from IRS Tax Topics) Charitable contributions are deductible only if you itemize deductions on Form 1040, Schedule A.

To be deductible, charitable contributions must be made to qualified organizations. Payments to individuals are never deductible. See Publication 526, Charitable Contributions.

If your contribution entitles you to merchandise, goods, or services, including admission to a charity ball, banquet, theatrical performance, or sporting event, you can deduct only the amount that exceeds the fair market value of the benefit received.

For a contribution of cash, check, or other monetary gift (regardless of amount), you must maintain as a record of the contribution a bank record or a written communication from the qualified organization containing the name of the organization, the date of the contribution, and the amount of the contribution. In addition to deducting your cash contributions, you generally can deduct the fair market value of any other property you donate to qualified organizations. See Publication 561, Determining the Value of Donated Property. For any contribution of $250 or more (including contributions of cash or property), you must obtain and keep in your records a contemporaneous written acknowledgment from the qualified organization indicating the amount of the cash and a description of any property contributed. The acknowledgment must say whether the organization provided any goods or services in exchange for the gift and, if so, must provide a description and a good faith estimate of the value of those goods or services. One document from the qualified organization may satisfy both the written communication requirement for monetary gifts and the contemporaneous written acknowledgment requirement for all contributions of $250 or more.