I'm writing to invite you to join us at the Marijuana Policy Project Foundation's awards gala in New York City on Monday, June 12. Two simultaneous receptions -- a VIP reception and regular reception -- will be held from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Then, from 7:15 until 9:45 will be a sit-down dinner featuring: - Medeski Martin & Wood, the nationally touring music act - an emcee comedian (soon to be announced) - Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY), who will be presented with MPP's Legislative Leadership Award - talk show host Montel Williams, philanthropist Peter Lewis, and other VIPs - a live auction and a silent auction - MPP's activist of the year, who will also be presented with an award The gala will be held at Capitale at 130 Bowery in New York City. For more information, please see http://www.mpp.org/NYgala. The event's host committee includes Susan Sarandon; Tim Robbins; Mary-Louise Parker; Montel Williams; U.S. Representatives George Miller, Sam Farr, John Conyers, Jr., Barney Frank, Pete Stark, and Barbara Lee; the Hon. Richard N. Gottfried; the Hon. Deborah J. Glick; the Hon. John W. Lavelle; Richard Brookhiser of the National Review; Carlo McCormick and Steven Blush of Paper magazine; and artist Alex Grey, among others. All proceeds from the event will support MPP Foundation's work to end marijuana prohibition in the U.S. The price of each ticket is partially tax-deductible. Please consider joining me on June 12 for this exciting evening. Regular tickets are $250 if purchased by May 22; after that, they'll cost $300. VIP tickets are $500 and include an invitation to the VIP reception, as well as preferred seating at the awards dinner. I hope to see you on June 12.