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Former First Lady Laura Bush will be Guest of Honor, Featured Speaker at Children's Benefit

BIRMINGHAM – Children’s of Alabama will welcome former First Lady Laura Bush to Birmingham for “A Night of Hope” on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, at 6 p.m. at The Club (1 Robert S. Smith Dr., Birmingham 35209.) The event, which benefits patients treated at Children’s, will feature dinner followed by remarks from Mrs. Bush.

During her first visit to the Magic City, Mrs. Bush will tour Children’s, the state’s only freestanding medical facility devoted solely to pediatric health care.

Individual and group seating is available at Seating is limited.

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 Woman’s Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute, Mrs. Bush continues her work on global health care innovations, empowering women in emerging democracies, education reform, and supporting the men and women who have served in America’s military.

Born in Midland, Texas, to Jenna and Harold Welch, Laura Bush holds a degree in education and a master’s degree in library science. She taught in public schools in Dallas, Houston, and Austin, and worked as a public school librarian. In 1977, she married George W. Bush. The Bushes are the parents of twin daughters, Barbara and Jenna, and proud grandparents of Mila Hager.

Since 1911, Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children, offering inpatient and outpatient services throughout central Alabama. Last year, families made more than 670,000 outpatient visits and experienced nearly 14,000 inpatient days at Children’s, coming from every county in Alabama and from 45 other states and four foreign countries. With more than 2 million square feet, Children’s is the third largest pediatric medical facility in the U.S. and is ranked among the top children’s hospital programs in the country by US News & World Report. More information is available at