When President Ronald Reagan needed the right words to heal a nation in mourning, or to mobilize the world against communist oppression, he turned to speechwriter Peggy Noonan, who will be honored at the 8th Annual Padua Academy Dinner in Honor of Women’s Achievement on April 27 at the Chase Center on the Riverfront.
Noonan, who served as Reagan’s special assistant from 1984 to 1986 and went on to be chief speechwriter for then-Vice President George H. W. Bush during his successful presidential run in 1988, famously penned Reagan’s “Boys of Point du Hoc” tribute on the 40th Anniversary of D-Day, and his moving address following the Challenger space shuttle explosion. She has gone on to be a best-selling author of such books as “What I saw at the Revolution,” is a columnist for the Wall Street Journal, a regular television commentator and has just been recognized with a Pulitzer Prize for commentary.
Padua’s annual dinner recognizes the exceptional accomplishments of women who lead lives of faith, charity leadership and entrepreneurial innovation. Past recipients include former US Ambassador Mary Ann Glendon, New York Times best-selling author Liz Murray, First Lady Laura Bush and business mogul and philanthropist Kathy Ireland.
Cindy Hayes Mann, Head of School at Padua Academy, shared her excitement of honoring Peggy Noonan at Padua’s 8th Annual Dinner in Honor of Women’s Achievement. “We are thrilled to be hearing from such a leader among women who has crafted some of the most influential political and presidential speeches of her generation.”
“Peggy is a rare combination of grace and grit,” noted Hayes Mann, “her language of conviction, faith, and humanity have left an indelible mark on our nation.”
Proceeds from the event support the Padua Academy Annual Fund, which help support student opportunities at the Wilmington school, which has been voted one of America’s Top 50 Catholic High Schools.
For more information on the event including ticket and sponsorship information, go to www.paduaacademy.org or call 302-421-2778.