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Dec 18, 2007

Source: Times-Picayune

Watchdog group’s fundraiser on track

Watchdog group’s fundraiser on track
BGR’s annual lunch features an NPR host
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
By John Pope
Staff writer

A drive to mark the Bureau of Governmental Research’s 75th birthday by raising $3 million to underwrite the governmental watchdog’s work has reached more than two-thirds of that goal, the leader of the anniversary celebration reported Monday.

By providing long-term financial stability, the fund will let BGR “continue to be a formidable organization,” Anne Milling said. “It will ensure that BGR remains visible and relevant in the year ahead.”

Milling, a former BGR board chairwoman, spoke at the organization’s annual luncheon meeting at the New Orleans Marriott.

The speaker was Robert Siegel, a host of NPR’s “All Things Considered,” who has visited New Orleans frequently on assignments since Hurricane Katrina struck in August 2005.

“I am under no illusion that the recovery is complete,” he said, “but the change is palpable.”

Siegel, who is part of the NPR team covering the presidential campaign, commiserated with New Orleans’ rejection as a site for one of next year’s presidential debates.

Because questions arising from the government’s performance after the monster storm are inevitable during the campaign, “I can imagine no better place for the questions to be addressed than in New Orleans,” he said. “Sorry about that.”

At the luncheon, David Guidry, chairman of the nominating committee, announced that the board officers have been elected to another term. They are Lynes “Poco” Sloss, chairman; Hans B. Jonassen, vice chairman; Robert W. Brown, secretary; and Sterling Scott Willis, treasurer.

New board members are Herschel Abbott, Arnold Baker, James B. Barkate, Ludovico Feoli, Julie Livaudais and Madeline West.

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John Pope can be reached at or at (504) 826-3317.

Dec 18, 2007

Source: Times-Picayune

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