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Former President George W. Bush served as keynote speaker Thursday at the Cuyahoga Community College Foundation’s 2014 Presidential Scholarship Luncheon, which raised a record $1.6 million to benefit veterans’ initiatives and student scholarships.

More than 1,200 people attended the sold-out luncheon at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel to help raise critically needed funds for those who might otherwise be unable to afford a college education.

The luncheon featured a moment of silence to remember the lives lost in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. President Bush reflected on the events of that day during a question-and-answer session moderated by Alex Johnson, president of Cuyahoga Community College.

This year’s luncheon put a special emphasis on veterans’ initiatives, which are also a focus of the Bush Institute. The institute’s Military Service Initiative honors the service and sacrifice of post-9/11 veterans and military families by improving their well-being and unleashing their potential.

President Bush commended Tri-C for its veterans’ programs: “You are doing an excellent job of educating vets and helping them find jobs,” President Bush said of the College.

Throughout its history, Tri-C has demonstrated its commitment to the men and women who served in the U.S. Armed Forces by providing specialized services that assist them in transitioning from military to civilian life. Tens of thousands of veterans have attended Tri-C since the College opened in 1963.



Article and Picture Courtesy of WOIO 19 Action News

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