More than 200 area residents enjoyed an evening of family anecdotes and rare personal glimpses into U.S. history as David Eisenhower, grandson of 34th U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, and his wife Julie Nixon Eisenhower, daughter of U.S. President Richard Nixon, discussed their book Going Home to Glory: A Memoir of Life with Dwight D. Eisenhower 1961-1969, at a Joy of Reading fundraising event held recently.
The event raised more than $12,000 to support tuition assistance at Critchlow Adkins Children’s Centers (CACC), Easton, and included a VIP reception at Scossa Restaurant & Lounge as well as the featured presentation at the Avalon Theatre.
“The Eisenhowers were not only charming, but also very engaging speakers,” says Tara O’Barsky, executive director of Critchlow Adkins Children’s Centers. “We don’t often get to meet prominent people who have grown up in politics who are humble and make you feel like you are talking with a neighbor. Attendees were treated to personal insights into presidential history delivered as if you were in the kitchen talking with your family. We can’t thank them enough for being such great speakers and advocates for education,” she added.
David Eisenhower is a professor and public policy fellow at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and the author of several books. His book, Eisenhower: at War, 1943-1945 was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in history. David is son of the military historian John S. D. Eisenhower, who lives in Trappe, Md., with his wife, Joanne T. Eisenhower. Julie Nixon Eisenhower is a public speaker on such topics as Life in the White House, Women in Politics and the Presidency, and the author of several books, including Pat Nixon: The Untold Story.
Critchlow Adkins Children’s Centers (CACC), Easton, is an accredited, educationally-based childcare program serving more than 450 children aged two through 15 in five locations throughout Talbot County. For more than four decades CACC has touched the lives of more than 8,000 children and adults. Each year it provides $120,000 in tuition assistance to more than 115 families. Forty percent of its families receive some level of tuition assistance.
To learn more about Critchlow Adkins Children’s Centers, call (410) 822-8061 or visit www.cacckids.org.
In photo: Maryland State Delegate Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio (R-District 37B), second from right, and Senator Richard F. Colburn (R-District 37), right, speak with David Eisenhower and Julie Nixon Eisenhower at the Joy of Reading fundraiser, benefiting Critchlow Adkins Children’s Centers, Easton.