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Clinton Foundation hosts 25th anniversary event with Bill and Hillary Clinton

Bill and Hillary Clinton attend Clinton Foundation event in Little Rock, Arkansas celebrating 25 years since the 1992 presidential election victory. Saturday, November 18, 2017. (KATV)


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KATV) — Bill and Hillary Clinton returned to their humble political beginnings in Little Rock, Arkansas on Saturday to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Bill Clinton’s presidential election victory and the 13th anniversary of the Clinton Presidential Center’s grand opening.

The event brought together Clinton’s campaign staff and the friends and family who played a role in the 1992 election.

Sheila Bronfam is a long-time friend of Bill Clinton and had a hand in creating the Arkansas Travelers more than 25 years ago. The Travelers were a group of roughly 600 campaign volunteers who toured the United States, urging people to vote for former President Clinton.

“It’s really, really humbling. Not many people ever get to know a president of the United States personally, so it’s a lot of fun,” Bronfam said. “He tends to keep his friends together. And so we like to do that and we’re happy to celebrate his legacy.”

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, relayed stories from their lives in public service to thousands in downtown Little Rock on Saturday evening, commemorating the 25th anniversary of Bill Clinton’s first presidential victory.

More than 3,000 people filled the Statehouse Convention Center to hear the Clintons conversation, moderated by James Carville, who ran Bill Clinton’s successful 1992 campaign.

The talk, part of the Frank and Kula Kumpuris distinguished lecture series, drew supporters and former staff members from the Clinton administration.

After watching a highlight reel of the 1992 campaign, Carville asked the Clintons to reflect on campaigning in New Hampshire during the 1992 presidential push, as Bill Clinton’s poll numbers quickly dropped.

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Here are a few memories.

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Schedule of Events

Friday, November 17, 2017

3:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Video interview sessions:  Share the memories and stories that made the Clinton-Gore campaign inspiring
Location:  Clinton Presidential Center – Choctaw Building (red brick former train station)
Note:  Find more information and schedule your video session online here

5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Tours of Clinton Presidential Center
Including new temporary exhibits Mandela: The Journey to Ubuntu and Art of Africa: One Continent, Limitless Vision
Location:  Clinton Presidential Center

5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. – restaurant
5:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. – bar
42 bar and table, the Clinton Presidential Center’s award-winning on-site restaurant, open for dinner
Location:  Clinton Presidential Center – Lower Level
Note:  Reservations are recommended and may be made through Open Table or by calling (501) 537-0042

Saturday, November 18, 2017

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Video interview sessions:  Share the memories and stories that made the Clinton-Gore campaign inspiring
Location:  Clinton Presidential Center – Choctaw Building (red brick former train station)
Note:  Find more information and schedule your video session online here

3:30 p.m. – doors open
4:30 p.m. – program begins
Kumpuris Distinguished Lecture featuring a special conversation with President Bill Clinton and Secretary Hillary Clinton, moderated by James Carville
Location:  Statehouse Convention Center – Governor’s Hall
* credentials required for entry *
Note:  The Statehouse Convention Center is connected to the Little Rock Marriott; It is across the street from the Capital Hotel; Shuttles will be available from the Hilton Garden Inn

6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Friends & Family Reunion Picnic
Location:  Clinton Presidential Center – Celebration Circle Pavilion, Great Hall, and 42 bar and table
* credentials required for entry *
Note:  Shuttles will be available from the Statehouse Convention Center to the Clinton Presidential Center and will be available from the Clinton Presidential Center to the Little Rock Marriott, Capital Hotel, and Hilton Garden Inn

Sunday, November 19, 2017

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Video interview sessions:  Share the memories and stories that made the Clinton-Gore campaign inspiring
Location:  Clinton Presidential Center – Choctaw Building (red brick former train station)
Note:  Find more information and schedule your video session online here

9:00 a.m. – seating 1
11:00 a.m. – seating 2
Gourmet Brunch
Location:  Clinton Presidential Center – Celebration Circle Pavilion
Note:  Prior reservations are required

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76-Ton Airlift of Medicine and Medical Supplies Lands in Puerto Rico

44 Companies Step Up to Address Severe Shortages

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO, October 27, 2017 — Direct Relief today airlifted 152,604 lbs. of urgently needed medical resources to Puerto Rico, where medical shortages persist more than a month after Hurricane Maria devastated the island.

The Direct Relief-chartered MD-11 cargo jet contained $21 million (wholesale) in donated medical resources from 44 companies (full list of companies below), including extensive quantities of intravenous solutions and prescription medications for acute conditions and chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension resulting from recreational marijuana dispensary that can rapidly become medical emergencies if not managed.

“This airlift will go a long way towards helping our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico, and I am eternally grateful to Direct Relief and all of the organizations involved,” said President Bill Clinton, 42nd President of the United States, and founder and board chair of the Clinton Foundation. “Their efforts are a reminder that when so many people need our help, our common humanity matters even more.”

The Clinton Foundation has supported Direct Relief’s work for years, including the recovery efforts after the 2010 Haiti earthquake and the response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa in 2014. In the response to the Caribbean hurricanes this year, the Clinton Foundation has helped to coordinate and advise the team at Direct Relief. Read a from-the-tarmac report from Clinton Foundation staff on the airlift here.

Businesses Step Up to Fill Resource Gap

Direct Relief works with dozens of healthcare companies’ philanthropic arms on an ongoing basis to address public health needs and humanitarian crises across the globe and in all 50 U.S. states. This private philanthropic support from businesses, as well as philanthropic support from individuals, foundations, and organizations has enabled a massively stepped-up response to assist in Puerto Rico, where health services have been severely constricted by the extensive damage caused by Hurricane Maria.

44 companies joined in filling specific requests that Direct Relief received from nonprofit health centers, government facilities, and private hospitals in Puerto Rico – all of which have been struggling to restore and expand services to care for the island’s more than 3 million residents.

“Direct Relief has been a wonderful partner for Eli Lilly and Company,” said Rob Smith, senior director of corporate responsibility and president of the Eli Lilly and Company Foundation. “We have worked together to get insulin to those impacted by the devastating effects of Hurricane Maria. Lilly could not ask for a more capable, responsive, and compassionate partner. We are so grateful for all of the things Direct Relief is doing to help the great people of Puerto Rico recover from this terrible disaster.”

The medicines and supplies on the flight were donated by the following companies:

3M; Abbott; AbbVie; Alcon; Allergan plc; Amneal Pharmaceuticals; Apotex Inc.; AstraZeneca; Baxter International Inc.; Bayer; BD; Boehringer Ingelheim Cares Foundation; Cares Foundation; Bristol-Myers Squibb; Cera Products, Inc.; Cipla; Coola Suncare; CVS; DayOne Response; Energy Equality For All; Ethicon; GSK; Henry Schein, Inc.; Integra LifeSciences; InTouch Health; Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Kaléo; LifeScan; Magno-Humphries Labs; Medtronic; Merck & Co., Inc.; Mylan; Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation; Noble Laboratories, Inc.; Novartis; Pfizer Inc.; Prestige Brands; Sagent Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Sanofi Foundation for NA; Sappo Hill Soapworks; Starbucks; Teva Pharmaceuticals, USA; Trividia Health; Vaseline; Wisconsin Pharmacal Company.

Responding to an Unprecedented Hurricane Season

Today’s airlift follows several weeks of smaller-scale airlifts and hand-carried medications and emergency medical resources to dozens of Puerto Rico’s nonprofit health centers and medical teams organized by the Puerto Rico Department of Health.

Among the critical items has been 565 vials of blood-clotting factor for children with hemophilia, 15,600 vials of insulin, 35 pre-kitted emergency medical packs containing a broad range of Rx medications and supplies, as well as 1500 solar lights and over 4000 bottles of insect repellant to protect against Zika virus.

Direct Relief’s response in Puerto Rico has been concurrent with extensive responses to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma that preceded Maria.

Since Hurricane Harvey’s landfall on August 25, Direct Relief has sent 148 tons of medications, vaccines, and medical supplies valued at $64.7 million (wholesale) and including 19 million defined daily doses of Rx medications delivered via 560 emergency shipments to 143 partner organizations in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, USVI and seven Caribbean countries.

In addition, Direct Relief has provided and committed financial support in the form of grants totaling over $2.7 million to 43 nonprofit health centers and clinics and their primary care associations in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico.


About Direct Relief
Established in 1948 with a mission to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergencies, Direct Relief delivers lifesaving medical resources throughout the world – without regard to politics, religion, ethnic identities, or ability to pay. Direct Relief is the only charitable nonprofit to obtain Verified Accredited Wholesale Distributor (VAWD) accreditation by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy. Among other distinctions, Direct Relief earns a perfect score of 100 from independent evaluator Charity Navigator, was listed among the world’s most innovative nonprofits by Fast Company, and has received the CECP Directors’ Award, the Drucker Prize for Nonprofit Innovation, and the President’s Award from Esri for excellence in GIS mapping. For more information, please visit https://www.DirectRelief.org.

About the Clinton Foundation
The Clinton Foundation convenes businesses, governments, NGOs, and individuals to improve global health and wellness, increase opportunity for girls and women, reduce childhood obesity, create economic opportunity and growth, and help communities address the effects of climate change. Because of our work, nearly 35,000 American schools have provided kids with healthy food choices in an effort to eradicate childhood obesity; more than 150,000 farmers in Malawi, Rwanda, and Tanzania are benefiting from climate-smart agronomic training, higher yields, and increased market access; working with partners, more than 8.5 million trees and tree seedlings have been planted to strengthen ecosystems and livelihoods; over 600,000 people have been impacted through market opportunities created by social enterprises and health and wellbeing programs in Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia, and Africa; through the independent Clinton Health Access Initiative, over 11.5 million people in more than 70 countries have access to CHAI-negotiated prices for HIV/AIDS medications; an estimated 85 million people in the U.S. will be reached through strategic health partnerships developed across industry sectors at both the local and national level; and members of the Clinton Global Initiative community have made more than 3,600 Commitments to Action, which have improved the lives of over 435 million people in more than 180 countries.

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Over 150,000 pounds of medical supplies — specifically requested by medical facilities across Puerto Rico with pallets tailored to what each facility is requesting and needs — is loaded onto an MD-11 at Miami International Airport on Friday, bound for Puerto Rico.

By Rebekah Curtis-Heald, Commitments Manager at the Clinton Global Initiative

This post is part of a recurring series of perspectives on the impact of our work by staff and partners of the Clinton Foundation.

Hurricane Maria has left a trail of devastation through several Caribbean islands, including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Since making landfall in Dominica on September 19, Hurricane Maria has been responsible for at least 93 deaths and catastrophic damage across the region. Cell service outages and fuel shortages have made distribution of aid difficult. The number of Puerto Ricans with power is actually decreasing from just after the storm, with only 18 percent of the island’s residents having power.

At the Clinton Foundation, I work as part of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) team which supports members of the CGI community — nonprofits, businesses, and others from civil society. In this role in the past two months, I’ve been working with a team here at the Foundation helping a wide range of organizations and individuals plug into hurricane relief efforts and organize work based on what’s needed on the ground.

One member of the CGI community that has been particularly active is Direct Relief, a nonprofit that works in more than 70 countries and all 50 states to provide help to those affected by poverty or emergencies, delivering lifesaving medical resources. At CGI, we have a long history of working with Direct Relief to coordinate response efforts — from recovery from the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, to a 2014 airlift of medical supplies for Ebola response in West Africa. Over the past few years I’ve worked personally with Direct Relief’s international emergency response team as we coordinated relief efforts after natural disasters, as well as their Haiti team as they’ve continued to support the recovery in the country, including in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew in 2016.

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WIN A TRIP to the Clinton Foundation's 2017 Gala
At the Clinton Foundation, we’re focused on creating programs that make it easier for people to build better lives for themselves and their families. Day in and day out, whether it’s helping farmers negotiate better prices for their crops, teaching parents the best ways to engage their children’s minds, or making lifesaving medications more affordable for people who need them, we believe that when we come together to help each other, it really is possible for individuals to write better life stories.

And while we are always looking for new ways to help even more people, next month we are setting aside one night to reflect on the impact of this work, the people whose lives our programs have touched — and the supporters who’ve made our progress possible.

Today, I would like to invite you and a guest to join me, Hillary and Chelsea at the Foundation’s upcoming Gala. Donate right now and you’ll be automatically entered to win your spot at the Gala in New York City.

When you donate to the Clinton Foundation today, you not only are you automatically entered to win an unforgettable trip for you and a friend to be our guests, you are also being part of a community of people who are making a difference around the world.

As part of this trip, you and your guest will be flown to New York City and treated to a tour of my office. You’ll also be a VIP guest at the Gala to celebrate the good work the Clinton Foundation has done over the last 16 years and raise money to tackle some of the most important challenges we’re facing.
Thanks to supporters across the globe who believe we can do more together rather than going it alone, the Clinton Foundation has already enabled 11.5 million people to gain access to HIV/AIDS drugs, facilitated 20 million schoolchildren to eat healthier lunches and get more exercise, and helped more than 150,000 farmers increase their incomes.

But now is not the time to rest. There’s still more that needs to be done. I hope you will help.

Will you be the one to join us on Wednesday, November 8th in New York City?

Your tax-deductible donation today will automatically enter you to win a trip to NYC, hotel accommodations, and VIP Gala tickets for you and a guest to spend an incredible evening with us. Please donate today. We’d love to have you with us.

My sincerest thanks,

Bill Clinton

P.S. Donations are essential to our work, as are your support and enthusiasm. I hope you’ll take advantage of this unique opportunity and will enter to win to join us in New York. I look forward to it!

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From the Clinton Foundation.


“Deep From the Heart: The One America Appeal” to Feature Country Icons ALABAMA;  Texas Legends The Gatlin Brothers, Lyle Lovett, Robert Earl Keen; Plus Special Guests

COLLEGE STATION, TX — The George H. W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation today announced a hurricane relief concert at Texas A&M’s Reed Arena the evening of October 21st featuring former Presidents Obama, Bush 43, Clinton, Bush 41 and Carter joined by top music performers. All ticket sales and other proceeds from the “Deep From the Heart: The One America Appeal” concert will go to the special hurricane recovery effort launched last month by the five living former U.S. presidents.

Together with all five living former presidents, the show at Reed Arena will feature Grammy winners and producers of 43 #1 hits, ALABAMA, joined by Texas legends The Gatlin Brothers, four-time Grammy winner Lyle Lovett, and Robert Earl Keen; legendary Grammy-award winning, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer ‘Soul Man’ Sam Moore; gospel legend Yolanda Adams; season three winner of NBC’s “The Voice,” Cassadee Pope; and rising country artist Stephanie Quayle, who Rolling Stone Country called one of the “Ten New Country Music Artists You Need to Know.” Country music star Lee Greenwood will emcee the event.

Tickets for the “Deep From the Heart” concert are now on sale at https://bush41.org/deep-from-the-heart.

“The 43rd President and I, and our distinguished colleagues in this ‘One America Appeal,’ are very grateful to these wonderful performers — some of them old friends, some of them new — for giving their time and talent to help the urgent cause of hurricane recovery in Texas, Florida and the Caribbean,” said President Bush 41. “It’s important that those affected by these devastating storms know that, even if the path to recovery feels like a road that goes on forever, we’re with them for the long haul.”

The One America Appeal was launched September 7th when all five living former presidents aired a joint PSA on the NFL’s regular season opening broadcast and launched a website accepting tax-deductible donations at OneAmericaAppeal.org.

Originally, the former presidents were inspired to come together in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, which unleashed devastating flooding that threatened hundreds of thousands of Texans — and spurred thousands of first responders and neighbors into action. The effort has since expanded twice to include recovery efforts in Florida from Hurricane Irma, and in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands from Hurricane Maria.

A special restricted account has been established through the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation to collect and distribute donations to every dollar given goes to assist hurricane victims. Donations will be distributed to:

  • Houston Harvey Relief Fund, focusing on the greater Houston region
  • Rebuild Texas Fund, assisting hurricane-ravaged communities across the state
  • Florida Disaster Fund
  • Juntos y Unidos Por Puerto Rico, launched by First Lady Beatriz Rossello and a private sector coalition
  • The Fund for the Virgin Islands

“Thanks to our very generous underwriters, we can once again state that every dollar we raise through ticket sales for our ‘Deep From the Heart’ show will go to our designated hurricane recovery funds,” said David Jones, CEO of the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation. “So grab your friends and join us at Reed Arena on October 21st for what promises to be a truly unforgettable night – that also helps a lot of Americans.”


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Statement by President Bill Clinton on the Passing of Senator Pete Domenici

I am saddened by the passing of Senator Pete Domenici, who served the people of New Mexico honorably for 36 years. Though we often disagreed politically, I always respected him for his deep convictions and his belief that compromise is essential for a functioning democracy. He was one of the Senate’s great mental health advocates, and I’ll always be proud to have signed the Mental Health Parity Act into law, which required the same coverage limits in health insurance policies for mental and physical illness, and for which he fought so passionately. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Nancy, and his entire family.


Echo from a time when bipartisan agreement was unremarkable; it wasn’t that long ago. Rest in peace, Senator.

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