Night of a Thousand Stars: Annual Gala

Each year, the Night of a Thousand Stars gala celebrates the hotel industry’s most important VIPs – the property-level talent that makes the industry so unique. Throughout the evening, industry leaders commemorate the Stars of the Industry Award winners and the individuals that embody the spirit of hospitality, while raising critical funds to support Foundation programs.

2024 Sponsorship Packages:

Presenting Sponsor $50,000

Visionary Sponsor $25,000

Benefactor Sponsor $15,000

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities for Night of a Thousand Stars, please contact Sasha Somuah at

Sasha Somuah
Manager, Development and Fundraising

About the Event

The “Stars of the Industry” recognized at the gala include:

  • North Star Award (Annual)
  • “Paving the Way” Award (Annual)
  • Stevan Porter Emerging Hospitality Leader of the Year (Annual)
  • Shining Star Award (Select Years)
  • Arne Sorenson Social Impact Leadership Award (Select Years)
  • AHLA Foundation Scholar of the Year Award (Annual)


In the words of Foundation President Anna Blue,

“The Night of a Thousand Stars Gala showcases the amazing and passionate women and men who make hotels feel like home and move our industry forward. So much of their work is behind the scenes, and this gala is a wonderful opportunity to give them the praise and recognition they deserve … the overwhelming support the hotel industry’s philanthropic arm received at this event will directly impact lives and the future of our industry for the better.”