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Kansas City, MO (January 13, 2014) – The Salvation Army is proud to announce that former First Lady Mrs. Laura Bush will be the keynote speaker at its 2014 Civic Luncheon on May 8th at the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center.

One of the most beloved and admired American First Ladies, for decades Laura Bush has championed key issues in the fields of education, health care and human rights. The author of the bestselling memoir, Spoken From The Heart, Mrs. Bush also founded both the Texas Book Festival and the National Book Festival in Washington D.C. Today, as the Chair of the Women’s Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute, Mrs. Bush continues her work on global healthcare innovations, empowering women in emerging democracies, education reform and supporting the men and women who have served in America’s military. Mrs. Bush also serves on The Salvation Army’s National Advisory Board.

“We are honored to welcome Mrs. Laura Bush to Kansas City,” said Major Charles Smith, divisional commander of The Salvation Army, Kansas and Western Missouri division. “Her tireless work to advance humanitarian causes around the world is inspiring.”

The Salvation Army will also present two of its highest awards at the Civic Lunch. The William Booth award recognizes an individual who demonstrates dedication to The Salvation Army’s goals of service to humankind as well as outstanding service to the community.  The Others Award is bestowed on an individual or organization exemplifying extraordinary service to others.

For more information about the Civic Luncheon, please call 816-968-0395 or go to www.tickets.salvationarmy.us.