Annual Dinner FAQs

How can my company reserve a table for the Annual Dinner?

Each year, DCAT offers the right of first refusal to current dinner table holders. These companies participate in a lottery and table selection process to determine where their tables will be for the upcoming Dinner. If you are a member company who did not hold a table last year but are interested in a table for the 92nd DCAT Annual Dinner (held on March 22, 2018), you should contact us to be placed on the table waiting list. Waiting list requests are handled once the table selection process for current table holders has concluded, typically in early December.

To be added to the wait list, please contact Brooke DiGiuseppe at brooke@dcat.org or 1-609-208-1888 ext. 7011.

Can non-members attend the dinner?

Non-members are welcome to attend the DCAT Annual Dinner as guests of table holding member companies. Non-members are also able to purchase individual seats at the dinner, based on availability after members have purchased their tickets. Only member companies are able to purchase full tables at the dinner.

Do I need to pre-register the guests who will be at our table?

Yes, all guests who attend the event need to be pre-registered by the Designated Table Contact using the DCAT Annual Dinner System. The online deadline to enter your table guests through the DCAT Annual Dinner System is 5:00pm ET on March 6, 2018. After this date, all changes must be emailed to DCAT Table Coordinator Brooke DiGiuseppe at brooke@dcat.org. During DCAT Week, the Designated Table Contact may also visit the DCAT Office in the Rockefeller Suite on the second floor of the InterContinental Barclay to make changes.

I was invited as a guest to attend the dinner. How do I receive my dinner badge?

The designated dinner table contact for the company hosting your table will have your Annual Dinner Badge, unless he or she has contacted the DCAT office to make other arrangements.

I am the designated dinner table contact. Where can I pick up my table’s Annual Dinner Badges?

Designated dinner table contacts can pick up their table’s dinner badges during DCAT Week at the DCAT Office in the InterContinental. If you plan to have individuals from your table pick up their own badge, you must contact the DCAT office in Robbinsville (+1-609-208-1888) in advance to let us know. We only distribute badges to the designated table holder. NEW this year, dinner table contacts will also have the opportunity to pick up dinner badges at Early Badge Pick up on the Sunday before DCAT Week. Click here to learn more.

Who will be the 92nd DCAT Annual Dinner speaker?

The DCAT organization is pleased to have actor, producer, musician and philanthropist Will Smith as its Annual Dinner speaker this year. Click here to read more.

How can I make changes to the guests I have registered for my table?

The designated table contact should use the DCAT online dinner system to add or change dinner guests up until Thursday, March 22nd at 5:30pm.

Does the DCAT Annual Dinner offer vegetarian options?

Yes, vegetarian meals are available. The designated table contact can indicate the request for a vegetarian meal for their guests when they enter them into the online dinner system.

My guests need hotel accommodations. Will DCAT have a room block at the New York Hilton?

Yes. DCAT has secured a block of rooms for dinner guests at a discounted rate of $299 per night plus taxes and fees. Reservations can be made here, or by calling the hotel directly at 1-800-445-8667 and referencing "DCAT."

I was invited to attend a Post-Dinner Hospitality Event. Do I need to register in advance?

If you are attending the dinner, your Annual Dinner Badge will grant you access to the designated area where the hospitality events take place (2nd, 3rd & 4th floors). If you are not attending the dinner but would like to attend the post-hospitality events, special badges can be obtained in the lobby of the hotel (near the escalators by the 6th Street hotel entrance ) beginning at 9:15 PM to give you access to the designated floors. Click here for more information.

Will DCAT be providing transportation to the New York Hilton from Official DCAT Week Hotels again?

Yes. All transportation information, including pick-up locations and times can be found here.