Fort Polk Progress is set to honor U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-New Orleans, for her efforts on behalf of Fort Polk at a special luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m. Monday, May 13 at the Landmark Hotel, located at 3080 Colony Blvd. in Leesville.
According to a news release from the organization, tickets for the event are $18 per person and should be purchased ahead of time by calling the Vernon Parish Chamber of Commerce at 337-238-0349; the Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce at 318-442-6671; the Beauregard Parish Chamber of Commerce at 337-463-5533; or the SWLA Economic Development Alliance at 337-433-3632.
"Sen. Landrieu's unwavering support during her entire Senate career has positioned Fort Polk to be one of the most modern bases in the Army with training capabilities that are unmatched anywhere else in the United States," said Fort Polk Progress Chairman Michael Reese.
"In addition to her efforts to properly resource Fort Polk, Sen. Landrieu was also instrumental in encouraging the off-base communities to work together to accelerate the improvement of schools, roads and planning for future growth and development. Because of all of these achievements, we are convinced that Fort Polk, if properly evaluated by military leadership, will continue to be the vibrant base it is today in the future. As the projected decision date for troop strength looms at the end of June, Sen. Landrieu remains a cornerstone in our effort, and this luncheon is our way of showing her how very much we appreciate her enduring support," Reese continued.
Keynote speaker for the event is James Carville, who is credited with guiding William Jefferson Clinton to the United States Presidency in 1992. That same year, Carville was also honored as the Campaign Manager of the Year by the American Association of Political Consultants for his leadership of Clinton's campaign, the release states.
An author, speaker and talk show host, Carville resides in New Orleans with his family and focuses on foreign consulting. For more information about Carville and his career, visit http://www.carville.info/.