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Chelsea Clinton visited Dutchess County in April 2016 to speak on the accomplishments of her mother, Hillary Clinton, in the midst of her Presidential campaign.
Next month, the former first lady, Secretary of State and U.S. Senator will return the favor for her daughter, when Hillary Clinton presents Chelsea Clinton with a Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Medal.
The former first daughter and current author and professor will be one of five recipients of the honor, which remembers the legacy of of the late Eleanor Roosevelt, Dutchess County’s very own first lady.
Hillary Clinton is counted among the list of those who have previously been given the prestigious honor — a recipient in 1995.
The 32nd Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Medal Ceremony on Oct. 13 will be held at the Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site in Hyde Park, which is also known as Val-Kill.
Hyde Park residents and philanthropists John and Gloria Golden; humanitarian, author and journalist Zainab Salbi; and Celebrity Cruises President and CEO Lisa Lutoff-Perlo will also receive medals, The nonprofit Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill announced Friday. The organization, its educational programs and annual medal ceremony celebrate and showcase the late first lady’s sweeping vision and impact on the nation.
“Dedicated to serving others, these inspiring honorees have made an irrevocable impact on the global community,” said April Gozza, executive director of the center. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to honor and celebrate their contributions, which put into action Eleanor’s ideals.”
Chelsea Clinton is joined by her grandmother, Dorothy Rodham, and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, on Chelsea’s wedding day, July 31, 2010 in Rhinebeck. (Photo: Genevieve de Manio Photography, Barbara Kinney)
Chelsea Clinton, an author and vice chair of the Clinton Foundation who was married in Rhinebeck in 2010, selected her mother as presenter. The duo are the first mother-daughter recipients of the medals.
Chelsea Clinton, whose father Bill Clinton was the 42nd U.S. President, teaches at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and is the author of several, books, two of which were New York Times bestsellers. “The Book of Gutsy Women,” authored by mother-and-daughter, is set for publication on Oct. 1.
The Goldens selected former Hyde Park Supervisor Pompey Delafield as their presenter. Information on the others was not available.
The Goldens “have dedicated themselves to serving the Hyde Park community,” The Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill said in a release, through various landmark restoration, advocacy and fundraising projects. The organization also noted Gloria Golden “had the honor of spending a good deal of time in Mrs. Roosevelt’s company,” as her father was a friend of the former first lady who “presided over her funeral.”
The Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill described Lutoff-Perlo as a “gender equity champion” and philanthropist, who is “responsible for hiring the (cruise) industry’s first American female captain.”
Salbi, according to her website, founded Women for Women International, a grassroots humanitarian and development organization. As a journalist, she has been featured on PBS, Yahoo News and MSNBC; and in the Huffington Post, according to www.zainabsalbi.com.
In addition to HIllary Clinton, past medal recipients include Gloria Steinem, Pawling resident James Earl Jones, the late Dutchess Junction resident Pete Seeger and Tarana Burke, founder of the “Me Too” movement.
Val-Kill, the only National Park Service site dedicated to a specific first lady, served as Eleanor Roosevelt’s retreat and is made up of two buildings, one of which is now a museum. A proud Dutchess County native, Franklin D. Roosevelt served as the nation’s 32nd president and was commander-in-chief during World War II.
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If you go
The 32nd Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Medal Ceremony
When: 11:30 a.m. Oct. 13
Where: Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site, Hyde Park
Information: Visit www.ervk.org/events or call 845-229-5302.
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