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Hillary Clinton to visit Grand Rapids for first lady celebration

Hillary Clinton will be in West Michigan in April to participate in a panel at the Betty Ford Centennial Celebration.

Grand Rapids, Mich. — Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Party's nominee for President in the 2016 election, will be in West Michigan this week.

Clinton will be one of the panel members at the Betty Ford Centennial Celebration. According to a release, the event is to honor and celebrate the legacy of first lady Betty Ford. It's called “America’s First Ladies: An Enduring Legacy.”

Related: Remembering 100 years of Betty Ford

This year is Ford’s 100th birthday year, and for the celebration Clinton; and Lynda Bird Johnson Robb, daughter of President Lyndon Baines Johnson, will be featured guests.

Credit: Michael Smith/Newsmakers
President Clinton and former President Gerald Ford pose for pictures with, left to right, Lady Bird Johnson, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Betty Ford in the State Dinning Room of the White House November 9, 2000 in Washington D.C. 

“This year’s guests reflect the depth of support and respect that she earned as first lady. Our family is gracious that these strong women are celebrating mother’s centennial with our friends, family and community in Grand Rapids, ” said Susan Ford Bales.

Ford Bales is the the daughter of Betty Ford, and she is hosting the discussion along with the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation. The guests will be participating in a discussion moderated by journalist Andrea Mitchell.

The discussion is taking place on Wednesday, April 11, at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park.

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