The Kay Family Award Reception & Dinner

Monday, November 9 |  Atrium Level at the Kennedy Center 

  • Reception:  5:30 - 6:30 PM

  • Dinner:  6:30 - 8:00 PM

The Kay Family Award is bestowed upon the heroes honored at the ADL In Concert Against Hate. It recognizes individuals for extraordinary acts of courage in confronting intolerance and injustice, extremism and terrorism. With last year's honorees, 106 people have received the award in Ina, Shelley, and Jack Kay's memories.

Honorees are presented their awards at this special Gala dinner preceding the ADL In Concert Against Hate. For more information and to purchase tickets to the Kay Family Award Dinner, visit our sponsorship page.

About Jack Kay


Jack Kay was born in Washington, DC, and was a graduate Civil Engineer from the University of Maryland. He was married to Ina Friedman Kay until her passing in 2002. They had two daughters, Lauren and Shelley Kay. In June 2006 Jack Kay married Barbara Green. Together they had 21 grandchildren. Jack Kay passed away on April 21, 2013.

Jack went into the construction business in 1948, and over the course of a career that spanned seven decades, he developed land and constructed thousands of houses and apartment communities in Montgomery, Prince George's and Fairfax counties. In the 1960s, Jack founded Kay Management Co. and served as the Chairman of the Board until his passing.

Jack Kay's philanthropic, civic and communal leadership was legendary. He was an active member of countless local, national and international organizations and charities, and was the recipient of awards from major institutions across the country and around the world.

Jack served on the Anti-Defamation League's Washington, DC Regional Board for more than 25 years. In 2000, Jack and Ina chaired ADL In Concert Against Hate. The Ina Kay Award was established in her memory in 2002. Shelley's name was added following her passing, and the award was named "The Kay Family Award," in 2013 after Jack's death. The Award is ADL's most prestigious and is bestowed at the Kay Family Award Dinner immediately preceding the ADL concert.


About Ina Kay


Ina Kay was born in Washington, DC, graduated from Roosevelt High School and attended George Washington University. Ina met her husband, Jack Kay, when they were in high school together, and they were married in 1947. Ina and Jack had two children: Lauren, Shelley and seven grandchildren.

Ina’s devotion to the community is legendary. She was a leader in the Washington Chapter of Hadassah, a founding member of the Women’s Division of Technion, a board member of the United Jewish Appeal of Greater Washington, the B’nai B’rith Museum, the Weizmann Institute, Israel Bonds, and the Jewish Foundation for Group Homes. She established a hospice on Mt. Scopus in Israel and the Ina and Jack Kay Theater at the University of Maryland at College Park. She was a founder of the Friends of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and a founder of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. In 2000, Ina and Jack served as Co-Chairs of the ADL In Concert Against Hate. Ina and Jack worked tirelessly for years to improve the lives of those around them, as is evidenced in the myriad of causes they were involved in.


About Shelley Kay

A native of Washington, DC, Shelley attended the Maret School. She earned a nursing degree from Temple University in Philadelphia and worked as a registered nurse at the Columbia Hospital for Women in the District. Shelley has two children, Julie A. Michelena and Alyssa K. Perper, and one grandchild.

It is not surprising that the daughter of Ina and Jack Kay, two of Washington, DC’s most revered community leaders and philanthropists, would follow in their footsteps. Her style, however, was different. She was, her father said, “a quiet philanthropist.” The impact of her generosity, however, has been enormous, and continues to echo across the community, from the Jewish Social Service Agency to the Greater Washington Chapter of Hadassah.