On May 5, 1998 the Ronald Reagan Building opened as the first and only federal building dedicated to public and private use. It is used as a federal hub, platform for international trade, meeting place for businesses and a central location for tourism. President Clinton was joined on stage with former First Lady Nancy Reagan, Commerce Secretary William Daley and other dignitaries as he spoke about the structure that represented Reagan’s optimism and commitment to free trade and democracy.
On March 16, 2017, the Reagan Building welcomed hundreds of guests for the annual Pink Tie Party. This party occurs during the National Cherry Blossom Festival and raises money to support the not-for-profit organization. Guests were able to enjoy spring-inspired cuisine and cocktails and custom creations from local designer Mindy Lam. Contributing to the fundraising efforts was a silent auction which featured exclusive gifts such as a tour of the Tesla factory and unique sporting and dining experiences.
On April 12, 2011 more than 400 guests filled the Atrium of the Reagan Building for the 3rd Annual Embassy Chef Challenge. Competing chefs are able to showcase their talents and unique cuisine in a friendly cooking competition assessed by a panel of celebrity judges. A silent auction follows with prizes such as cooking classes with embassy chefs, international trips, exclusive items and experiences from local businesses.
On May 16-18, 2014 the Reagan Building hosted the Smithsonian’s “The Future is Here” festival. This festival features speakers ranging from science fiction authors to astrophysicists exploring science, technology, culture and the arts. This year, visitors witnessed drones and a jet-pack flying through the Atrium of the building. Watch the video here
On June 9, 2016 hundreds of guests filled the Pavilion to celebrate the 188th Anniversary of the Proclamation of Philippine Independence and the 70th Anniversary of the Establishment of Philippines-U.S. diplomatic relations. Among the esteemed guests were U.S. government officials, foreign diplomats and the Filipino-American community.
On September 20, 2006, the Reagan Building hosted the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Gala. Recipients of this award are nominated by U.S. Senators and House members to honor those who are “unsung heroes” in adoption. They are recognized for their outstanding contributions to the welfare of children in the foster-care system in this country and in orphanages abroad.
On November 5, 2015 the Reagan Building hosted the White House Tribal Nations Conference with President Barack Obama. This conference welcomed leaders from the 567 federally recognized tribes and gave them the opportunity to interact directly with federal government officials and members of the White House Council on Native American Affairs.
On February 26, 2015 the Reagan Building hosted Microsoft’s Federal Forum. Here, government IT leaders gathered with industry colleagues, technology experts and more to envision the next generation of government in today’s mobile heavy world. At this forum, the CEO made a major announcement about Cloud Maps and presented examples of how agencies at the federal, state and local level are using the cloud solutions to improve productivity and collaboration.
On April 30, 2014 the Reagan Building hosted the Goldman Environment Prize Gala. This prize is awarded annually to environmental activists, one from each of the world’s six geographic regions. Nominations are submitted confidentially by a vast range of environmental organizations and individuals which are then sifted through by an international jury to decide on the winners.
From July 11 through July 13, 2016 the Reagan Building welcomed the United Nation’s Foundation Girl Up Campaign as they hosted their 5th Annual Girl Up Leadership Summit. Throughout this conference, young women gained leadership skills, training in community-building and advocacy, learn from influential speakers and engage in skills-based workshops.