Dinner With Kennedy

Sandra Day O’Connor Institute hosts Caroline Kennedy

The Sandra Day O’Connor Institute honored President John F. Kennedy at its Annual History Dinner on Nov. 9 at the Phoenician Resort. Dinner With Kennedy – an Evening in Camelot featured Ambassador Caroline Kennedy. The sold-out evening was attended by 950 guests and raised more than $800,000 for the Institute and its educational programs.

The ambassador spoke of her father’s message “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.” Her speech stressed the important topics of civil discourse, civics education and civic engagement. She shared stories from her childhood and discussed President Kennedy’s vision for the country and his renowned space challenge. Ambassador Barbara Barrett conducted a fireside chat with her following the presentation.

Jacquie Dorrance and Penny Gunning co-chaired the elegant evening.


Scott and Joanie O’Connor, Ambassador Caroline Kennedy, and Shawn and Brian Day O’Connor

The Honorable Ed Pastor and Verma Pastor; Joe Anderson and Mary Dewane, presenting dinner sponsors; and Ronnie and Angie Lopez

Jan and Tom Lewis, Gay Wray and Harriet Friedland

Sandy Pierson, Major General Richard Pierson, Rebecca Pierson, Doug Young and Fred Pakis

Penny Gunning, Kolby Moffat, Jacquie Dorrance, Jennifer Cushing, Katie Mueller, Dr. Armity Simon and Catherine Jacobson

Peter M. Hayes; Ambassador Caroline Kennedy and Ambassador Barbara Barrett

Dr. Nelson Mar, Kimberly Yee, and Deborah and Tim Bateman

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