'A Conversation With a Living Legend' Hosts Charlie Wilson
Event Welcomes Special Guests Tom Hanks and Mike Nichols as 'Face the Nation' anchor Bob Schieffer Interviews WilsonM. D. Anderson News Release 10/26/07
The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Centerwelcomes former Congressman Charlie Wilson Nov. 15 to a Washington, D.C. fundraiser as it continues the tradition of "A Conversation With a Living Legend." Following Mr. Wilson's recent heart transplant surgery, Wilson plans to be able to engage in conversation with CBS News' Chief Washington correspondent and moderator of Face the Nation, news veteran Bob Schieffer. In an extraordinary show of support, both Tom Hanks and Mike Nichols will attend the event as special guests. The conversation and dinner will take place at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.
Wilson is the subject of Universal Pictures' highly anticipated film CHARLIE WILSON'S WAR, set for release on Christmas Day. Oscar® winners Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts and Philip Seymour Hoffman team with Academy Award®-winning director Mike Nichols and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin to bring George Crile's best-selling book to the screen.
"M. D. Anderson is extremely grateful to Mr. and Mrs. Wilson for the incredible gesture of support they are showing the institution and for the gracious manner in which Mr. Hanks and Mr. Nichols have agreed to be part of this wonderful event," says M. D. Anderson President John Mendelsohn, M.D. "Truly it's testament to the tenacity and enduring spirit of these individuals, who, while enduring their own challenges or busy schedules, reach out to help others."
Wilson was a United States naval officer and Democratic United States Congressman from the 2nd congressional district in Texas. He has become known for leading Congress into supporting the largest CIA covert operation to supply the Afghan Mujahideen during the Soviet-Afghan War.
Also, that evening, M. D. Anderson will present the inaugural Making Cancer History® Award to Schieffer. The award will honor Schieffer for embodying M. D. Anderson's core values of caring, integrity and discovery.
Schieffer, who grew up in Fort Worth, has covered Washington, D.C., for CBS News for more than 30 years. He is one of the few broadcast or print journalists to have covered the capital's four major beats: the White House, the Pentagon, the State Department and Capitol Hill. The six-time Emmy Award winner is the author of Face the Nation: My Favorite Stories From the First 50 Years of the Award-Winning News Broadcast and This Just In: What I Couldn't Wait to Tell You on TV. In March 2005, his alma mater, Texas Christian University, named its journalism school the Schieffer School of Journalism in his honor.
In July 2007, M. D. Anderson once again was named the best place in the nation to receive cancer care according to U.S. News & World Report's "Americas Best Hospitals" survey. M. D. Anderson has ranked as one of the nation's top two cancer centers since the survey began in 1990 and has been named the number one cancer center in five of the past eight years.
The event is chaired by M. D. Anderson supporters, Beth and Wayne Gibbens, Janice and George Kettle, Nancy and Tom Loeffler, Donna and Mack McLarty, Marlene and Fred Malek and Cecile and Billy Tauzin. As the 2007 Washington, D.C. honoree, Wilson carries on the Living Legend tradition, which in past years has focused the topic of conversation on Carol Burnett, Rudolph Giuliani, James Baker III, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Colin Powell, Barbara Bush, George H. W. Bush, Nolan Ryan, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lance Armstrong, Norman Schwarzkopf, Margaret Thatcher and Cal Ripken Jr., among others.
Tickets for the event are $1,000 for individual seats; tables of 10 start at $10,000. For information, please call 713-563-3525. Invitation to 'A Conversation With a Living Legend'.