Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum


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Celebrated News Analyst Cokie Roberts to Speak

At Truman Library Institute’s 10th Annual Fundraising Dinner


Adele and Donald Hall are honorary chairs of the premier

event celebrating the 125th birthday of Harry S. Truman


INDEPENDENCE, MO—On Thursday, April 23, 2009, the Harry S. Truman Library Institute will host Wild About Harry, the organization's 10th annual fundraising dinner and the premier event celebrating the 125th birthday of Harry S. Truman (May 8, 1884). The event will take place at the historic Muehlebach Tower in downtown Kansas City. A limited number of tickets and sponsorship packages remain; dinner tickets are $150 per person, and sponsorships start at $1,000.  


The gala evening will open at 6:15 p.m. with a cocktail hour, followed by dinner and entertainment, featuring author and political commentator Cokie Roberts. KCPT’s Nick Haines will emcee the event, which also will feature special appearances by presidential family members, including President Truman’s grandsons, Clifton Truman Daniel and Thom Daniel; President Ford’s daughter, Susan Ford Bales; and President Eisenhower’s granddaughter, Margaret Hoover.


The event is led by Honorary Chairs Adele and Donald Hall, longtime supporters of the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum. “We are honored to serve as the honorary chairs of Wild About Harry,” said Adele and Donald Hall. “The Truman Library plays an important role in our democracy and in the education of our young people, and we are encouraging our friends and colleagues to join us in supporting this vital mission.”


The Halls are joined by a stellar steering committee led by event co-chairs Page Branton Reed and Shawsie Branton, who was a lifelong friend of the late Margaret Truman Daniel. 


Celebrated news analyst and best-selling author Cokie Roberts will provide the keynote for the celebration. With her characteristic warmth and wit, Ms. Roberts will entertain with spellbinding stories from her book We Are Our Mothers’ Daughters. In addition, she will share her keen perspective on the new commander-in-chief while reflecting on the legacy of Harry S. Truman, with whom her family shared close ties. 

Cokie Roberts has covered Congress, politics and public policy for nearly 20 years at ABC News. She also serves as senior news analyst for National Public Radio, where she was the congressional correspondent for more than 10 years. From 1996-2002, she and Sam Donaldson co-anchored the weekly ABC interview program This Week. In her more than 40 years in broadcasting, Ms. Roberts has won three Emmys, been inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame, and was cited by the American Women in Radio and Television as one of the 50 greatest women in the history of broadcasting. With her husband, Steven V. Roberts, Ms. Roberts writes a weekly column syndicated in newspapers around the country by United Media and is a contributing editor to USA Magazine. Cokie Roberts also is a celebrated best-selling author. Her recent re-release, We Are Our Mothers’ Daughters, is a life-affirming collection of intimate portraits, which explore significant issues confronting women on the cusp of the new millennium. 


Proceeds from Wild About Harry provide vital funding for the world-class exhibitions, public forums, and nationally acclaimed educational programs of the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities and benefits, or to inquire about event tickets, please contact Kim Rausch at (816) 268-8237. Tickets may be purchased online at TrumanLibrary.org


The Truman Library Institute is the nonprofit partner of the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, one of 13 presidential archives administered by the National Archives and Records Administration. Hailed as home to America’s “best presidential museum,” the Truman Library seeks to promote, through educational and community programs, a greater appreciation and understanding of American politics, history and culture, the process of governance, and the importance of public service, as exemplified by Harry S. Truman. To learn more about the Truman Library and the Truman Library Institute, visit TrumanLibrary.org. 


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