Sponsors sought to help veterans attend Tom Brokaw event in Coralville

Author of 'The Greatest Generation' is keynote speaker at Nov. 10 banquet

Former NBC Nightly News anchorman and author Tom Brokaw arrives at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences 4th annual Governors Awards in Hollywood December 1, 2012. (REUTERS/Fred Prouser)
Former NBC Nightly News anchorman and author Tom Brokaw arrives at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences 4th annual Governors Awards in Hollywood December 1, 2012. (REUTERS/Fred Prouser)

CORALVILLE — The Hoover Presidential Foundation would like to honor area veterans with complimentary seats to the organization’s annual Celebration Banquet, featuring keynote speaker Tom Brokaw.

Officials are asking businesses and individuals to sponsor tickets for area vets.

Brokaw, an acclaimed author, historian and award-winning journalist, wrote the best-seller, “The Greatest Generation,” in reference to those who fought in World War II.

“In partnership with Eastern Iowa Honor Flights, we’re asking for public support to donate a seat or a table for veterans to attend this event,” said Jerry Fleagle, executive director of the Hoover Presidential Foundation.

The banquet takes place from 5:30-9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, at the Coralville Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, 300 E. Ninth St.

“It’s Veterans Day Eve,” Fleagle said. “What better way to honor a vet or even join with them at this event?”

Veterans who wish to purchase tickets themselves may do so at a special rate of $125 each, $50 off the regular non-member price.

In addition to Brokaw’s address, Iowa State Sen. Tim Kapucian and Iowa House Speaker Linda Upmeyer are to be recognized as the 2016 Uncommon Public Service Award recipients. All guests are invited to attend a reception in the foyer from 5:30-6:30 p.m. An exclusive VIP reception is available to certain table sponsors and banquet guests who purchase a special VIP pass.

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For more information or to purchase tickets, visit HooverPresidentialFoundation.org or call (319) 643-5327 weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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