WILD ABOUT HARRY! 17th Annual Gala Dinner ★ April 7, 2016


April 7, 2016 | Marriott-Muehlebach Hotel, 1213 Wyandotte, Kansas City, Missouri

Wild About Harry

Thank you, Kansas City, for a record breaking ‪#‎WildAboutHarry2016‬! The sold-out fund-raising dinner for Truman’s presidential legacy and library drew a record crowd (840!) and raised more than $526,000. Gifts are still coming in to support the nationally acclaimed education programs, exhibits, public programs and outreach at the Truman Library.

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Wild About Harry is the Truman Library Institute’s premiere signature event and annual fund raising dinner benefiting the presidential library and legacy of Harry S. Truman. Now in its 17th year, Wild About Harry has raised nearly $5 million in support of nationally acclaimed education and outreach programs created to foster civic engagement and to nurture the next “greatest generation.”


It’s not too late to support this record-breaking event. To be part of Wild About Harry 2016, please contact Kim Rausch, director of development, at 816.268.8237 or kim.rausch@nara.gov.


Heilemann_Halperin_Joint_Alternate_07.16.15Mark Halperin and John Heilemann are the managing editors of Bloomberg Politics, which leads Bloomberg’s political and policy coverage, including news, analysis, commentary, narrative, data analytics and more across all platforms. They also co-host With All Due Respect, a daily news and analysis program on Bloomberg TV and are regular contributors to MSNBC’s Morning Joe.

Halperin and Heilemann are the co-authors of runaway bestsellers on the past two presidential elections: GAME CHANGE: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime (2010) and DOUBLE DOWN: Game Change 2012 (2013). Game Change debuted at No. 1 on The New York Times best seller list and has been reprinted in eight languages. HBO Films adapted the book for a movie of the same name, which debuted in March 2012 to 2.1 million viewers, making it one of HBO’s most-watched original movies ever. The film won five Emmy Awards, three Golden Globes, including outstanding TV movie or miniseries, and a Peabody Award. HBO has also optioned the rights to DOUBLE DOWN.

Prior to joining Bloomberg, Mark Halperin was an editor-at-large and senior political analyst at TIME. He is a graduate of Harvard College, and was a joint Fellow at the Institute of Politics and the Shorenstein Center in 2007. John Heilemann came to Bloomberg from New York Magazine, where he served as national affairs editor and columnist. Heilemann is a graduate of Northwestern University and received an MPA from Harvard Kennedy School in 1990.


HK WebpageThe 2016 Harry S. Truman Legacy of Leadership Award will honor Henry Alfred Kissinger. Dr. Kissinger is an American diplomat and political scientist. He served as National Security Advisor and later concurrently as Secretary of State in the administrations of Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford.

Foreign Policy Magazine named Henry Kissinger one of the “Top 100 Global Thinkers” for a “half-century ruling the U.S. foreign policy community.” World-renowned for his unparalleled skills in the art of diplomacy, Dr. Kissinger is one of the shrewdest, best-informed and most articulate figures ever to occupy a position in Washington. A vital presence in international and national politics, Dr. Kissinger understands firsthand the delicate balance of world power and America’s influence. Read more.


Kristin J. Amend
Merilyn K. Berenbom
Dori Boers
Kirk W. Carpenter
Mary Coble
Patricia & Dean Davison
Jill Dean
Nancy & John Dillingham
Bill Dunn, Sr.
Bob Dunn
Susannah Evans
Susie Evans
Colleen Foudree
Tim Gordon
Pam Gradinger
Sharon Greenwood
Donald Hall
Cathy Hedlund
Joy Hobick
Mary Hunkeler
Martha Immenschuh
Donna Katz

Michael Kelley
Nancy Lee Kemper
Barbara & Allen Lefko
Kay Martin
Jean & Tom McDonnell
Maureen McMeel Carroll
Larry McMullen
Jennifer Murphy
Karen Pack
Barbara Potts
Cappy Powell
Margo Quiriconi
Page Reed
Cathy Schultz
John Sherman
Linda Sigler
Patty Skelton
Charlie Sosland
Susan Spaulding
Joan Toomey
Jean Wagner
The Hon. Eileen Weir