Audio Visual Production for the Gridiron Dinner
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The First State Gridiron Dinner & Show (often referred to as simply The Gridiron) is the longest running annual roast of politicians and business people in Delaware and has remained a mystery to many Delawareans - and for good reason. During the first years of the event - it began timidly in 1992 - organizers made a conscious effort to keep publicity out of the media and the content of the program a secret. That's because it was originally envisioned as an invitation-only, political insiders' affair with comedy skits that might offend the uninitiated. Not so any more. Attendance has grown dramatically since the show was opened to any and all who wanted to come. It has become one of the premier formal affairs in the state and arguably has the single largest gathering of politicians of all stripes short of the General Assembly.

Click here to view images from the 2015 Gridiron Dinner & Show.

In 2013 our philanthropic focus evolved to improving civility in political discourse and increasing civic participation for the common good. Major benefactors include University of Delaware, Center for Political Communication and Delaware State University. Prior to 2013, proceeds benefited:

  • Journalism and communications scholarships for undergraduates at the University of Delaware and Delaware State University
  • Grants to Delaware high school seniors who had excelled in print journalism
  • Grants to leading arts organizations throughout Delaware.

To date the dinner has endowed over $425,000 at the Delaware Community Foundation and in excess of $240,000 at the University of Delaware.

Highlights from recent Gridiron Shows

The William P. Frank Scholarship Fund Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization.) Come join us for a memorable night of zany skits and songs that take on some of the most powerful forces in The First State.



" 'Frankly Speaking' " is more like 'Heartily Laughing!' In fact, as a co-sponsor of the event, I laugh all of the way to the bank!!"
Robert Harra, Jr. - former President, Wilmington Trust Company / M&T Bank


"You've got to have a thick skin, but it's always an enjoyable evening and it's for a good cause."

Thurman Adams Jr. - the late President Pro Tem, Delaware State Senate


"If you're a player or a wannabe, you have to be there."

Robert C. Byrd - prominent state lobbyist


 
     
 
 
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