WASHINGTON — The Heritage Foundation announced Monday that Vice President Mike Pence will be the keynote speaker for the first-ever black-tie gala dinner Oct. 22 at the think tank’s annual President’s Club Meeting.
This will be Pence’s second visit to a Heritage event in the span of one month, having delivered a major policy speech at Heritage just last week. During the speech, Pence noted The Heritage Foundation’s unique status in the conservative movement, saying:
“You know, The Heritage Foundation is a flagship of freedom. Since its founding in 1973, Heritage has been advancing conservative public policy based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, traditional values, and, from its very founding, focused on a strong national defense. And now for nearly half a century, it’s undeniable The Heritage Foundation has made a difference for America…I have to be honest with you, The Heritage Foundation will always feel like home.”
“We are delighted to have the vice president at The Heritage Foundation President’s Club Meeting and Gala next month,” Heritage Foundation President Kay Coles James said. “He has stood shoulder-to-shoulder with us in the biggest battles. He’s fought in the pro-life trenches. He’s an advocate for religious liberty, a defender of the Second Amendment, and a champion of free markets, individual freedom, and limited government.”
As previously reported, The Heritage Foundation broke a fundraising record at a donor event in California in May, raising $14.2 million in one weekend. The Heritage Foundation expects even more enthusiasm for the upcoming President’s Club Meeting in October.
The gala dinner will also serve as an opportunity to present Heritage’s highest honor, the Clare Booth Luce Award, to a special recipient and announce a major new initiative to expand the reach of the conservative movement.
Hundreds of The Heritage Foundation’s most dedicated members will be brought together by this exclusive event. Other speakers will include Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Acting Director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Ken Cuccinelli, journalist and author Mollie Hemingway, and Andrew McCarthy, senior fellow at National Review Institute. The event will also feature panel sessions and workshops led by Heritage experts, industry leaders, authors, and current and former immigration officials.
Attendance at this event is by invitation only. Media seeking to cover the event should call Heritage’s media line at 202-675-1761 or email [email protected].