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Former First Lady Laura Bush to Speak at FHU Benefit Dinner

HENDERSON, Tenn. - Freed-Hardeman University has announced that Former First Lady Mrs. Laura Bush will be the featured speaker for the school's 49th Annual Benefit Dinner.

Born in Midland, Texas, to Jenna and Harold Welch, the former first lady holds a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in library science. She taught in public schools in Dallas, Houston and Austin, and worked as a public school librarian. The Bushes are the parents of twin daughters, Barbara and Jenna, and a granddaughter born this spring.

One of the country’s most admired first ladies, Mrs. Bush has championed key issues in the fields of education, health care and human rights. She has traveled to more than 76 countries, including two historic solo trips to Afghanistan, and has launched groundbreaking education and healthcare programs in the U.S. and abroad. The author of the bestselling memoir, “Spoken from the Heart,” Mrs. Bush also founded both the Texas Book Festival and the National Book Festival in Washington D.C. Today, as the chair of the Woman’s Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute, Mrs. Bush continues her work on global healthcare innovations, empowering women in emerging democracies, education reform and supporting the men and women who have served in America’s military.
“Mrs. Bush’s concern for literacy and her background in education make her a very good fit for much of the work we do here at Freed-Hardeman,” FHU President Dr. Joe Wiley said.

The Benefit Dinner is typically the state’s largest one-night fundraiser. The 2010 dinner featuring former president George W. Bush holds the record for most funds raised by the FHU dinner.

The Freed-Hardeman University Benefit Dinner is scheduled for December 6, 2013. The event raises funds for student scholarships and more than $1 million was raised each of the last 12 years at the dinner.

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