Gala Honors Lee Hamilton's 46 Years of Service in Washington

Oct 06, 2010, 12:44 ET from Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

WASHINGTON, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars honored Lee Hamilton on October 5, 2010, at a Gala Dinner that paid tribute to his 12 years of service as the Woodrow Wilson Center's president and director, as well as the previous 34 years in which he served as a distinguished member of Congress.

Veteran ABC newsman and Wilson Council President Sam Donaldson emceed the event, which included a video tribute to Lee's lifetime of service in Congress and at the Woodrow Wilson Center, and a special performance by Indiana University's Singing Hoosiers. Robert Fitch, senior vice president of government relations of BAE Systems, and Joseph B. Gildenhorn, chairman of the Wilson Center's Board of Trustees, gave remarks praising Hamilton for his leadership and commitment to finding practical solutions through compromise. The evening ended with a final toast to Hamilton, wishing him well in his return to his native Indiana and appreciating his nearly 50 years of service to our country.

Several former members of Congress attended the event to honor Hamilton, as well as several current members and current Secretary of Energy Steven Chu. BAE Systems was the presenting sponsor for the Gala and Joseph B. Gildenhorn and Alma Gildenhorn served as the international sponsors.

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is the national, living memorial honoring President Woodrow Wilson.  In providing an essential link between the worlds of ideas and public policy, the Center addresses current and emerging challenges confronting the United States and the world.  The Center promotes policy-relevant research and dialogue to increase understanding and enhance the capabilities and knowledge of leaders, citizens, and institutions worldwide.  Created by an Act of Congress in 1968, the Center is a non-partisan institution headquartered in Washington, D.C. and supported by both public and private funds.

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