Atlanta — The Georgia Public Policy Foundation 25th Anniversary Celebration Dinner and Freedom Award takes place 7 p.m. November 11, 2016, at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Reserve your ticket online here.
The keynote speaker for the event is television personality and author John Stossel, host of “Stossel,” a weekly program on Fox Business Network. Mr. Stossel, who joined Fox Business Network in 2009, also appears regularly on Fox News Channel, providing signature analysis. Before joining Fox, he co-anchored ABC’s, “20/20.”
Mr. Stossel’s economic programs have been adapted into teaching kits by a non-profit organization, “Stossel in the Classroom.” High school teachers in American public schools use the videos to help educate their students on economics and economic freedom. They are seen by more than 12 million students every year.
A 19-time Emmy Award winner, Mr. Stossel has been honored five times for excellence in consumer reporting by the National Press Club and received the George Polk Award for Outstanding Local Reporting and the George Foster Peabody Award. The Dallas Morning News named him “the most consistently thought-provoking TV reporter of our time;” The Orlando Sentinel said he “has the gift for entertaining while saying something profound.”
The Foundation’s prestigious Freedom Award will be presented to Dr. Michael Mescon, once called, “The Pied Piper of Private Enterprise,” by The Wall Street Journal. Dr. Mescon established and held the first-ever Chair of Private Enterprise, created at Georgia State University in 1963. Today, more than 200 such chairs exist.
The Association of Private Enterprise Education, created by educators and businesspeople committed to furthering economic understanding, originated from the Chair of Private Enterprise established at Georgia State. APEE members’ programs that teach teachers economic theory and how it can be taught reach thousands of teachers and millions of students each year.
Dr. Mescon also created the university’s Center for Business and Economic Education, which worked with metro Atlanta teachers to introduce K-12 students to the fundamentals of private enterprise and its relationship to every facet of national life. When the Georgia Council on Economic Education was created in 1972, the Center became affiliated with the Council, and is now one of 12 Centers on campuses across Georgia.
About the Freedom Award
The Georgia Public Policy Foundation presents the Freedom Award to a Georgian who has exemplified the principles of private enterprise and personal integrity. Previous Freedom Award recipients include U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, Flowers Industries chairman emeritus William Flowers, the late former U.S. Attorney General Griffin Bell, Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy; Deen Day Smith, chair of the Cecil B. Day Investment Company; former Georgia Governor and United States Senator Zell Miller; former Southern Company president Bill Dahlberg, the late General Raymond G. Davis, U.S. Marine Corps; United States Senator Phil Gramm; the late Henry F. (Hank) McCamish, founder and chairman of the McCamish Group and founder of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, and Rogers Wade, former President of the Foundation.
In honor of Veterans Day (November 11), the National Anthem will be performed by “The Singing Soldier,” U.S. Army Maj. Carlos W. Morgan (ret.), who spent 20 years in the U.S. Army before joining the Atlanta VA Medical Center. Maj. Morgan has performed for the Charlotte Hornets, Texas Rangers, Atlanta Braves, Gwinnett Braves, 100 Black Men of Charlotte and the Atlanta Falcons, among others.
The Dinner will be preceded by a cocktail reception from 6-7 p.m.
What: 25th Anniversary Celebration Dinner and Freedom Award
When: 7 p.m. Friday, November 11, 2016 (Networking reception begins at 6 p.m.)
Where: Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Ballroom, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta GA 30339
Cost: $150 per person.
About the Georgia Public Policy Foundation: Established in 1991, the Foundation is an independent, state-focused think tank that proposes market-oriented approaches to public policy to improve the lives of Georgians. Regular events include Leadership Breakfasts and Policy Briefing Luncheons. Weekly publications are the Friday Facts and Friday Idea commentaries. Visit our Web site at georgiapolicy.org. Join The Forum at forum.georgiapolicy.org. Like the Foundation’s Facebook page at facebook.com/GeorgiaPolicy and follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/gppf.
The Foundation’s Criminal Justice Initiative pushed the problems to the forefront, proposed practical solutions, brought in leaders from other states to share examples, and created this nonpartisan opportunity. (At the signing of the 2012 Criminal Justice Reform bill.)