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Sen. Lamar Alexander to speak at 221st Founders Day Luncheon
Sen. Lamar Alexander to speak at 221st Founders Day Luncheon

The Historic Homes of Knoxville are pleased to invite the public to a luncheon on Wednesday, October 10, 2012, from 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM at The Foundry to celebrate the founding of the City of Knoxville 221 years ago.

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander will be the featured speaker. Knoxville's key leaders will come together to celebrate and promote the city and its most precious properties, including Blount Mansion, Crescent Bend House & Gardens, Historic Ramsey House, James White’s Fort, Mabry-Hazen House, and Marble Springs State Historic Site. Proceeds from the luncheon will benefit the Historic Homes.

“Knoxville and the State of Tennessee owe their existence to the events that took place within these historic landmarks and the people who built them,” says Arts & Culture Alliance Executive Director Liza Zenni. "We are very fortunate that they have been preserved. The funds raised through this event will help ensure that they continue to give our city its unique sense of place and history."

Lamar Alexander was born in Maryville, the son of a kindergarten teacher and an elementary school principal. He is a seventh generation Tennessean. He is chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, ranking Republican on both the energy appropriations subcommittee and rules committee and co-chairman of the TVA caucus. He is the first Tennessee Governor elected to consecutive four-year terms and the only Tennessean ever popularly elected both governor and U.S. Senator. Sen. Alexander has been U.S. Education Secretary, University of Tennessee president, and professor at Harvard's School of Government. He chaired the National Governors’ Association and President Reagan's Commission on Americans Outdoors. In private life, he helped found what has become the nation’s largest provider of worksite day care.

In his campaign for governor, Lamar Alexander walked 1,000 miles across Tennessee in his now famous red and black plaid shirt. Once elected, he helped Tennessee become the third largest auto producer and the first state to pay teachers more for teaching well. He is a classical and country pianist and the author of seven books, including Six Months Off, the story of his family’s life in Australia after he was governor. Lamar Alexander and Honey Buhler were married in 1969. They have four children and five grandchildren. He is a Presbyterian elder.

The Historic Homes of Knoxville are uniformly significant in Tennessee’s accession as the 16th state in 1796. Apart from the paramount importance of their preservation, each house museum offers events and educational opportunities that benefit the community at large. For more information on the Historic Homes, visit www.hhknoxville.org.

The luncheon will be held on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 from 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM at The Foundry, 747 World’s Fair Park Drive in downtown Knoxville. WBIR's Robin Wilhoit perform the duties of Mistress of Ceremonies. Advance single tickets are $50 ($60 at the door); a table of ten is $500. Supporters may donate an additional $100 to the Historic Homes for the opportunity to talk one-on-one with Senator Alexander. Purchase tickets through www.KnoxTIX.com or by calling 865-523-7521.

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