Eisenhower's granddaughter to speak at Betty Ford tribute

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - Mary Jean Eisenhower, granddaughter of former U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, will be the keynote speaker next month in Grand Rapids at a tribute celebrating the late Betty Ford's 99th birthday.

The event is part of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation’s America’s First Ladies: An Enduring Legacy annual luncheon, scheduled for April 11 at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, 1000 E Beltline Ave. N.E.

“Over the years Mary Jean and I have become close friends. I am honored (as Mom most certainly would be) that she will share stories about being a first granddaughter and how she has carried on her grandfather’s remarkable legacy through worldwide humanitarian and educational endeavors,” said the Fords' daughter, Susan Ford Bales.

Mary Jean Eisenhower is president and CEO of People to People International, which was founded in 1956 by President Eisenhower.

“Betty Ford has been an inspiration for women around the world. Her activism and willingness to candidly discuss tough challenges in life created awareness and much needed conversations about women’s issues,” Eisenhower in a written statement. “I am excited and especially proud to be a part of celebrating Betty Ford’s life.”

For information, call 616-254-0393.

Detroit Free Press


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