JACKSON, Tenn. – Sept. 23, 2003– Union University has announced former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani will be the keynote speaker for the Seventh Annual Scholarship Banquet at the Jackson's Carl Perkins Civic Center at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 27, 2003. He is replacing former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who was forced to cancel his forthcoming trip to the U. S. for security reasons.
As mayor of New York, Giuliani directed the city's response to the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. His efforts to restore order and provide relief to the victims led to worldwide praise including being knighted by the Queen of England and named Person of the Year by Time magazine.
"While we are disappointed that Mr. Netanyahu will not be available for this year's scholarship banquet as originally scheduled, we are pleased and thankful that Mayor Rudy Giuliani is available to be with us," said Union President David S. Dockery. "He is a picture of leadership and has become a true American hero. The event promises to be an outstanding evening."
Lead sponsors for this year's banquet include BancorpSouth, Carl and Alice Kirkland, Pentair Tools Group (Porter-Cable, Delta and DeVilbiss) and Jack and Faye Porter . Premier sponsors currently include Chip and Rita Christian, Benny and Norma Fesmire, First Bank, Jack and Zan Holmes, Gary and Lisa Taylor, West Tennessee Healthcare, Inc., Schilling Enterprises, Inc., White Investments LLC., Roy L. White, President and CEO.
The Scholarship Banquet is supported by Union's Board of Presidential Associates for the purpose of raising funds to provide student scholarships. Last year's event raised more than $400,000, bringing the total funds raised by the banquet series to over $2 million since its inception in 1997.
For ticket information, including table sponsorships and individual balcony seating, contact the Union University Office of Institutional Advancement at (731) 661-5050.