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You ​are ​invited ​to ​join ​us ​for ​Acton ​Institute’s 2018 ​Annual ​Dinner, ​to ​be ​held ​on ​Wednesday, ​October ​17 ​at ​the JW Marriott in ​beautiful ​downtown ​Grand ​Rapids, ​Michigan. ​The ​dinner ​celebrates ​our ​28th ​year ​of ​working ​to ​promote ​a ​free ​and ​virtuous ​society. ​In ​light ​of ​your ​commitment ​to ​Acton ​and ​its ​mission, ​we ​hope ​you ​will ​consider ​attending ​this ​event, ​which ​brings ​together ​more ​than ​1,000 ​friends ​and ​supporters ​of ​the ​Institute ​from ​around ​the ​world.

It ​is ​our ​pleasure ​to ​announce ​that ​this ​year's ​special ​guest ​and ​speaker ​is ​renowned author and pastor, Rev. Timothy Keller. ​There ​will ​also ​be ​a ​special ​address ​from ​Acton's ​president ​and ​co-founder, ​Rev. ​Robert ​Sirico.

Rev. Timothy Keller Speaker Acton Annual Dinner 2018

Rev. Timothy Keller

Timothy Keller is Chairman and Co-Founder of Redeemer City to City and Pastor Emeritus Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, which he and his wife, Kathy, started in 1989. For over twenty-five years Tim led a diverse congregation of young professionals that grew to a weekly worshipping community of over 6,000 people, meeting at eight services in three different congregations in Manhattan. In May 2017, those three congregations became independent churches, and Tim transitioned out of his senior pastor role to focus on ministry more broadly in New York City and other global cities through the work of City to City, which has helped start close to 500 churches in 70 global cities. He is the author of such New York Times bestselling books as The Reason for God, The Prodigal God, Every Good Endeavor and The Meaning of Marriage.

Rev. Robert A. Sirico

Rev. Robert A. Sirico

Rev. Robert A. Sirico is the president and co-founder of the Acton Institute and the pastor at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, both in Grand Rapids, MI. A regular writer and commentator on religious, political, economic, and social issues, Rev. Sirico's contributions have been carried by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Washington Times, CNN, ABC, CBS, NPR, and the BBC, among others. In his recent book, Defending the Free Market: The Moral Case for a Free Economy, Rev. Sirico shows how a free economy is not only the best way to meet society's material needs but also the surest protection of human dignity against government encroachment. Rev. Sirico holds dual American and Italian citizenship.


Sponsoring Acton's 28th Annual Dinner is a great way to secure your own seat at the dinner and introduce clients, colleagues or friends to Acton's mission as well. There are many benefits to being a Lord Acton Circle or Liberty Circle sponsor for this premier event which are listed under the "tickets" section of this page. Below is a list of all of our Lord Acton Circle and Liberty Circle sponsors for 2018. Thank you to every one of you!

Be sure to secure your sponsorship of Acton's 28th Annual Dinner today. For more information on sponsorship of this marquee event, please contact Nick Porter at or call 616.454.3080.

Thank You 2018 Lord Acton Circle Sponsors

Burco, Inc.
Dr. Mark & Marty Campbell
Drew Cooper & Anding
John Templeton Foundation
Paul & Jacki Kleinheksel
David & Tessa Milroy
Ottawa Avenue Private Capital LLC
Edgar & Elsa Prince Foundation
Arvin & Pearl Tap
Lewis & Norma Van Kuiken

Thank You 2018 Liberty Circle Sponsors

70 x 7 Life Recovery
Kevin & Meg Cusack
DeVos Family Foundation
First Liberty Institute
First Trust Portfolios | Ben Ferwerda | Mark DeKorne
Friends of Trinitas Classical School
Holy Family Radio
Jandernoa Family Foundation
Drew & Jane Jelgerhuis
Dave & Cindy Kraai
Mr. & Mrs. William E. La Mothe
Macatawa Bank
MTM Recognition
Pioneer Construction
Chelsea Roelofs
Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge
The Paradocs Podcast
Varnum LLP
Vellum Capital
Wyoming Catholic College
Zorich Family Foundation

Event Details

Start Date

End Date


JW Marriott Grand Rapids
235 Louis Street NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
United States


Registration and Receptions: 6 p.m.

Program and Dinner: 7 p.m.

Post-Dinner Reception will immediately follow the conclusion of the evening's formal program.


Lord Acton Circle Sponsor at $7,500 includes:

  • VIP seating for you and your table of guests. 10 total seats included.
  • Recognition of you or your company in our program, Acton's website, marketing and at the event.
  • Two tickets to a private, pre-dinner cocktail reception with Rev. Timothy Keller and Rev. Robert Sirico.
  • Complimentary bar passes for you and all of your table guests good at any cash bar.
  • Invitation to receptions before and after the dinner for your guests.

Liberty Circle Sponsor at $3,500 includes:

  • Premier seating for you and your table of guests. 10 total seats included.
  • Recognition of you or your company in our program, Acton's website, marketing and at the event.
  • Invitation to receptions before and after the dinner for you and your guests.

Individual Dinner at $175 includes:

  • Invitation to receptions before and after the dinner.

Acton Institute's Annual Dinner dress code is black-tie preferred.

For more information, please contact Nick Porter at 616.454.3080 or

Room block and reservations:

Acton Institute has partnered with both the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel and the JW Marriott Grand Rapids to offer discounted hotel rooms for those participants of our Annual Dinner who need overnight accommodations. These are available on a first-come basis. You can book your room at either hotel during the online registration process along with your ticket purchase. You can also choose to call the group reservation line toll-free at 1.800.253.3590 or 616.776.6450 or book online separately from ticket purchase.

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