July 7, 2011
This responds to your inquiry (11-81) asking whether you may receive an award at the annual Chamber of Commerce Dinner. You indicate that your name would appear on the invitation or the Chamber’s newsletter.
If the dinner is not a fund-raiser, you may receive an award which is advertised in advance of the dinner. However, if the event is a fund-raiser, you may attend the event and only accept an award if it is unadvertised and ancillary to the event (see 22 NYCRR 100.4[C][b][ii]).
Enclosed, for your convenience, is Opinion 11-39 which addresses this issue.
Very truly yours,
George D. Marlow, Assoc. Justice
Appellate Division, First Dept. (Ret.)