Former first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton will be visiting Grand Rapids for the America’s First Ladies: An Enduring Legacy luncheon at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park on April 11.
The luncheon, hosted by Betty Ford’s daughter Susan Ford Bales and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation will be celebrating former first lady Betty Ford’s 100th birthday. Lynda Bird Johnson Robb, President Lyndon B. Johnson’s daughter, will join Clinton and Bales at the luncheon where they will engage those in attendance in an intimate discussion.
“As first lady, mother never felt the constraints of politics when deciding to speak out about an issue,” Bales stated in a press release about the event. “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.”
The luncheon will be moderated by journalist, and host of MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports,” Andrea Mitchell.
“There is no greater honor than being able to celebrate the centennial birth of Mrs. Ford, a path-breaking First Lady I was honored to get to know, and greatly admired,” Mitchell said in the press release. ¨It is a special privilege to be participating with Susan, Lynda Byrd Robb and Hillary Clinton. I am excited to have this opportunity to talk about the role Betty Ford played, along with the other First Ladies who have brought so many critical issues to center stage.”
The luncheon and discussion will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. with doors opening at 11:30 a.m. for registered guests.