Registration open for Lifetime Achievement Award Dinner, honoring Automotive News editor, Keith Crain

Registration is open for The Washington Auto Show (WAS) Lifetime Achievement Award Dinner, Thurs., Jan. 25, 2018, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Keith Crain, chairman of Crain Communications and editor-in-chief of Automotive News, will receive the award. The Award Dinner will also feature other legendary automotive figures and memorable presentations. WANADA dealers and all members are encouraged to attend the dinner because there will be no member reception at the WAS this year.



Crain has held a central role in the auto industry for close to 50 years as a reporter, editor and publisher of Automotive News. Today, he leads a team of 880 team members producing 54 different publications with 880 team members. He is a member of the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame and the Automotive Hall of Fame.


Despite his many years of leadership as a publishing executive, Crain is perhaps best known as a hands-on journalist who still writes a regular weekly column for Automotive News. He is a familiar sight at Automotive News Detroit headquarters and takes his duties as editor-in-chief very seriously.


Here is the schedule for the evening:


6:00 p.m.   Cocktail reception

7:00 p.m.   Dinner & award presentation, followed by a

Fireside Chat between Roger Penske & Keith Crain


The Awards Dinner will be in Ballroom C of the Washington Convention Center. Business attire is requested. Valet parking at the Convention Center is available.


Individual tickets are $250, a table of ten is $2,000, and a patron opportunity is $5,000. The patron opportunity includes a table for ten, the patron’s logo in the printed program for the dinner, and the logo in e-blast invitations.


The Award Dinner is co-hosted by Comcast Spotlight and Manheim Pennsylvania Auto Auction. To register, click here.

All proceeds of this event will benefit WANADA’s Auto Dealer Education Institute (ADEI), an IRS 501(c)(3) charitable foundation.  All but $100 of each ticket is tax deductible.

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