Heartland Anniversary Benefit
On Thursday, August 9, 2012, The Heartland Institute celebrated the 28th anniversary of its founding with 574 guests with a reception and dinner in the Grand Ballroom on Chicago’s historic Navy Pier, one of Chicago’s grandest settings. Built in 1916, the Grand Ballroom features an 80′ domed ceiling and panoramic views of Lake Michigan. There is simply no other venue that compares.
Heartland celebrated nearly three decades of discovering, developing, and promoting free-market solutions to social and economic issues. Since 1984, Heartland has been the preeminent free-market think tank in the Midwest, and in recent years has become the leading source of research and commentary for the nation’s state and local elected officials.
This year’s scheduled keynote speaker, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, was forced to cancel at the last minute when his wife had an emergency appendectomy the day before our event. But the substitute speaker provided by the Governor’s office, the Hon. Mike Huesbsch, did a terrific job. Huesbsch is former speaker of the house, former majority leader, and currently secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Administration … essentially the State of Wisconsin’s COO.
Secr. Huesbsch gave an outstanding account of what it was like to be in Madison during the public union riots last year. The audience showed its appreciation with repeated outbursts of applause and a standing ovation at the end.
Our thanks to everyone who attended to help make this the most successful Heartland Anniversary Benefit ever.