The George W. Bush Presidential Center opened in the Spring of 2013 to much fanfare, housing not only the former President’s official library, but offices for both the George W. Bush Policy Institute and President Bush’s own personal foundation. The Bush Institute works to assist veterans of our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and ensure that they are well cared for. Remarking on this momentous occasion, Highland Capital’s President Jim Dondero stated that he was “highly impressed” by the Center and it’s local and national impact. Learn more about Highland Capital at Crunchbase.
To support the Engage at the Bush Center program open to the public, Highland Capital Management has given the G.W. Bush Presidential Center a $10 million gift, alongside another $10 million from Boeing Corp. Followers of Highland Capital will remember it’s status as a founding benefactor of the Center, with $15 million in donations to date since the Center’s founding.
The Engage series seeks to bring authors, historians, and other influential public speakers to the Center to give presentations on various topics and connect with visitors. The series starts with it’s inaugural double-header program on February 5th at 6:30pm, entitled “Constitutional Conversations: Justice Scalia’s Memorable Speeches” and “James Madison & Today’s Media”. The public are invited to attend free of charge, but must first RSVP at bushcenter.org. The first event will feature a talk from the late Justice Scalia’s son, Christopher, author of a compendium of his father’s writings and speeches. Read more at bloomberg.com.
Also in attendance will be Mr. Jeffrey Rosen, CEO of the National Constitution Center; Mrs. Amy Mitchell, Director of Journalism Research for the Pew Research Center; and Mike Wilson, reporter for the Dallas Morning News.
Boeing Corporation’s $10 million gift to the Bush Center is but one third of a larger $30 million gift to various groups aimed at assisting veterans transition back to civilian life and rehabilitation and recovery for our wounded veterans. Last year, Boeing donated $50 million in the form of grants aimed at not only veterans, but engineering, science, and math education, in addition to programs that assist in workforce development. A portion of those funds were also allocated to assist communities with environmental and civic initiatives.