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James A Baker, III and Susan Eisenhower to Speak at 11th Annual Fundraising Dinner Benefiting the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum


 Baker to accept the inaugural Harry S. Truman Legacy of Leadership Award;

sponsorships and tickets now available for April 8 event


INDEPENDENCE, MO—The Harry S. Truman Library Institute will host its annual fundraising dinner, Wild About Harry on Thursday, April 8 at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown-Muehlebach Hotel. Single tickets for the event are now available; sponsorship packages with benefits start at just $1,000. 


Led by Honorary Chairs Jean and William H. Dunn, Sr. and Event Chairs Martha and David Immenshuh, the fundraiser will open with a private Sponsors’ Reception which will include James A. Baker, Susan Eisenhower and other special guests. All ticket holders are invited to the 6:15 p.m. social hour and open bar, which precedes the 7 p.m. dinner, program, and awards ceremony.


Now a Kansas City tradition, Wild About Harry is known for bringing our nation’s thought and opinion leaders to the site that once served as President Truman’s political headquarters. Since the inaugural event in 2000, featured guests have included Tom Brokaw, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Chris Matthews, and Hugh Sidey.


This year, Wild About Harry doubles the impact with two special guests.


Susan Eisenhower, granddaughter of President Eisenhower, will deliver a keynote address that promises to be an engaging intersection of personal stories from a presidential family and keen perspectives on today’s policies and politics. Ms. Eisenhower is an award-winning author, journalist and one of our nation’s top foreign affairs and energy policy strategists. As president of the Eisenhower Group, Inc., she has appeared on every major news outlet and has recently appeared on Real Time with Bill Maher and The Colbert Report, and at The French National Assembly and the National Press Club. Recent honors include the Middlethon-Candler Millenniun Peace Prize, awarded for her years of diplomacy on behalf of the United States.


The gala will come to a powerful climax with the presentation of the inaugural Harry S. Truman Legacy of Leadership Award. The award will be received by James A. Baker, III, the 61st U.S. Secretary of State. Mr. Baker was at the helm of U.S. foreign policy during some of the most extraordinary moments in recent world history and confronted unprecedented challenges and opportunities at the close of the Cold War. Having served as a cabinet member or in other positions for four U.S. presidents, Mr. Baker is now Honorary Chairman of the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University and a Senior Partner in the law firm Baker Botts, LLP. For his distinguished leadership and service, Mr. Baker has received numerous prestigious awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom.


More than 760 people attended Wild About Harry last year. Proceeds provide vital funding for the nationally acclaimed educational programs, world-class museum exhibitions, internationally renowned research programs, and stimulating forums at the Truman Library. Since the inaugural fundraiser in 2000, Wild About Harry has raised more than $2.3 million.


This year’s event is made possible, in part, by generous support from DST Systems; J.E. Dunn Construction Company; Adele and Donald Hall; and the Elaine and Norman Polsky Family Supporting Foundation. Additional support is provided by Inergy.


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. Praised for having America’s “best presidential museum” (The Dallas Morning News),  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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