A former New York mayor and presidential candidate is coming to Peoria.
The Creve Coeur Club of Peoria is bringing former Mayor Rudy Giuliani to town to be the keynote speaker for the 118th annual George Washington Banquet, one of the nation’s oldest celebrations of the founding President of the United States.
Over the years, world-class speakers like Presidents Gerald Ford and George Bush, First Lady Barbara Bush, Senator John McCain, George Tenent-Director of the CIA, Steve Forbes, Karl Rove, and entertainers Bob Hope and Danny Thomas have headlined the event.
Rudolph Giuliani, the former Mayor of New York City, was born in 1944 in Brooklyn, New York. As the grandson of Italian immigrants, he was taught the value of a strong work ethic and a deep respect for America’s ideal of equal opportunity.
After the inauguration of Ronald Reagan in 1981, Giuliani was named Associate Attorney General, the third highest position in the U.S. Department of Justice.
In 1993, Giuliani was elected Mayor of the City of New York. In 1997, he was re-elected with 57-percent of the vote in a city in which Democrats outnumbered Republicans five to one.
After the attacks on the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, Giuliani led the recovery of the city as it faced its darkest hour. Mayor Giuliani was widely lauded for his steady hand during challenging times. He was named “Person of the Year” by TIME magazine, knighted by the Queen of England, and presented the Ronald Reagan Presidential Freedom Award by former First Lady Nancy Reagan.
In 2008, Giuliani ran for the Republican nomination for President of the United States. During his campaign, hhe galvanized the national debate on such critical issues as national security, education, energy independence, healthcare, and the economy.
The Creve Coeur Club of Peoria will release details about the event and ticket information soon on their website. A link is HERE.