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Dinner in Honor of Women’s Achievement Welcomed Peggy Noonan on April 27, 2017


Peggy Noonan, presidential speechwriter and New York Times best-selling author was honored at the 8th Annual Padua Academy Dinner in Honor of Women’s Achievement, April 27th, at the Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington, Delaware.

Noonan was a special assistant to President Ronald Reagan from 1984 to 1986. In 1988 she was the chief speechwriter for Vice President George H. W. Bush when he ran for the presidency. Before entering the Reagan White House, Noonan was a producer at CBS News in New York. In 1978 and 1979 she was an adjunct professor of journalism at New York University. She holds honorary doctorates from Miami University, St. John Fisher College, University of Portland, Adelphi University, St. Francis College, Ave Maria University, and her Alma Mater, Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Peggy Noonan’s book, Patriotic Grace, published by Collins in 2008, is written in the pamphleteering tradition of Tom Paine’s Common Sense and is a call for a more elevated national politics. John Paul the Great: Remembering a Spiritual Father, a look at the life of John Paul II, was published by Viking in 2005. Her collection of post-9/11 Wall Street Journal columns, A Heart, a Cross and a Flag, was published by Free Press in 2003. When Character Was King: A Story of Ronald Reagan, published by Viking in 2001, was a New York Times best-seller. Her first book, What I Saw at the Revolution was called “A love letter to the American political process,” by TIME Magazine. Her second book, Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness was called “the voice of our times” by USA Today. Noonan also worked as a consultant on the American television drama The West Wing.

Padua’s Annual Dinner in Honor of Women’s Achievement recognizes the exceptional accomplishments of women who lead lives of faith, charity, leadership, and entrepreneurial innovation. Past recipients include: Rwandan Genocide Survivor, Immaculee Ilibagiza; former United States Ambassador, Mary Ann Glendon; New York Times best-selling author Liz Murray; former First Lady of the United States, Laura Bush, the inspirational subject of “The Blind Side,” Leigh Anne Tuohy, business mogul and philanthropist, Kathy Ireland, and record-setting adventurer Alison Levine. Voted one of America’s Top 50 Catholic High Schools, Padua offers a unique, cutting-edge, and transformational college preparatory education for young women.

Proceeds from the gala benefit the Padua Academy Annual Fund to help transform the lives of young women into the Christ-centered leaders of tomorrow. More information on the event, including ticket and sponsorship information, can be found at or by contacting 302-421- 2778.

Individual tickets and sponsorship opportunities can be seen online for the Dinner in Honor of Women’s Achievement.

Who: Peggy Noonan

What: Dinner in Honor of Women’s Achievement

When: April 27, 2017, Reception 6:00 – Dinner & Program 7:00

Where: The Chase Center on the Riverfront

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