The Distinguished Citizen Award
Gala & 117th Annual Dinner

Friday, April 24, 2020


S.D. Bechtel Foundation 

John Pritzker with Dr. Matt State 

Rod Diridon, Sr. 

The Distinguished Citizen Award recognizes those who exemplify the ideals and values that have guided The Commonwealth Club for over a century and whose professional and humanitarian contributions and accomplishments are worthy of admiration. The Gala is the Club's most important annual fundraiser and provides valuable support for the Club's dynamic non-partisan programming.  

The event cocktail hour and award ceremony will take place at the Commonwealth Club of California. The evening will continue with an intimate dinner on each level of The Commonwealth Club’s state-of-the-art new building. Guests on each floor will dine in the company of an honoree and enjoy an engaging civic dialogue featuring the honoree in conversation with a fellow thought-leader. 

Interested in attending? 

Purchase Individual Tickets here

For information on Table Sponsorship contact Kate Steffy at 

Thank you to our Sponsors! 

Premier Presenting Sponsor

Dinner Sponsor
Pitch and Cathie Johnson/ Asset Management Company
John and Tawnie Farmer

Benefactor Sponsor 
Dr. Mary Bitterman
Joe and Judy Epstein
Relevant Wealth Advisors
Skip and Frankie Rhodes
Travers Family 


Thank you to our fantastic Gala Committee! 

Gala Chair
Ted Rice and Martha Ryan 

Gala Committee 
Adriana Angelini
Evelyn Dilsaver 
Dr. Jaleh Daie 
Dr. Gloria Duffy
Christine Krolik
Antoinette Mayer
Anna Mok 
Skip Rhodes
Erica Trejo
Don Wen