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Dec 12, 2015

Source: | The Times-Picayune

Maureen Dowd headlines Bureau of Governmental Research luncheon

By Sue Strachan | The Times-Picayune

December 12, 2015

A who’s who of the New Orleans area business community filled the ballroom of the Marriott New Orleans Hotel for the Bureau of Governmental Research Annual Luncheon Thursday (Dec. 10). Bank presidents, lawyers, accountants, local news media figures and philanthropists came not only to support BGR but to honor its recently retired president and chief executive, Janet Howard, and to hear Maureen Dowd, the Pulitzer Prize award-winning New York Times opinion columnist, share anecdotes from covering politics and presidents past and present.

After a brief welcome by BGR Chairman Mark Mayer and an announcement of new board members, Lynes R. “Poco” Sloss and Anne Milling got on stage to pay tribute to Howard and to announce a new endowment funded by an anonymous donor in honor of Howard. Also sitting on stage were new BGR President and chief executive Celeste Coco-Ewing and board members J. Kelly Duncan, Hardy Fowler and Ludovico Feoli, as well as Mary Matalin, who introduced Dowd, and retired television news personality Dennis Woltering, who would later moderate the question-and-answer with Dowd.

As to be expected, Dowd was a natural raconteur, showing that no president or politician of any party affiliation escaped her all-seeing eye and erudite commentary. Woltering’s questions after her speech focused mainly on the upcoming presidential election, about which one candidate she said was, “like covering a Kardashian rather than a presidential candidate.” Dowd also mentioned her love of New Orleans, and she was seen a day later at the Preservation Resource Center’s Holiday Home Tour Patron Party at Mary Clare and Danny Conwill’s home, taking in the New Orleans social scene — and a beautiful Henry Howard-designed home — with her sister, Peggy Dowd.

The luncheon raises money for BGR, an independent research organization that monitors local government to make informed public policy through analysis and publication of reports.

Dec 12, 2015

Source: | The Times-Picayune

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