Sauk Valley Community College will be part of an incredible one-day sojourn for Michael Reagan, eldest son of President Ronald Reagan. Michael will, for the first time in his life, visit the birthplace and boyhood home of his father.
As part of this day, Sauk will host the Ronald Reagan 99th Birthday Luncheon at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 6, in Sauk’s Cafeteria.
“It is truly exciting for Sauk to welcome President Reagan’s son Michael to our campus on a day that is very profound and personal for him,” said SVCC President Dr. George Mihel.
Michael will be guest of honor and keynote speaker at this non-partisan luncheon, which is part of Eureka College’sobservance of the 99th anniversary of the birth of alumnus Ronald Reagan on Feb. 6. This observance includes a breakfast and a tour of the Ronald Reagan Museum at Eureka College, a charter bus tour to the Ronald Reagan Birthplace in Tampico, the luncheon at Sauk, and a trip to Dixon to visit the Ronald Reagan Boyhood home.
A unique aspect of this non-partisan luncheon is that part of the proceeds will go toward developing a new academic scholarship for Sauk students that transfer to Eureka College. Amy Viering, director of the Sauk Valley College Foundation, said that Sauk and Eureka College hope to make this an ongoing opportunity for deserving students.
“The Sauk Valley College Foundation is thrilled to be working with Eureka College to provide new scholarships for Sauk students,” said Viering. “We are very proud of the record of academic success of Sauk students that transfer to four-year institutions.”
Michael Reagan is president of the Reagan Legacy Foundation, which raises support for institutions that continue the legacy of his father (including Eureka College). He has written several books, including his recent autobiography Twice Adopted, and was host of the Michael Reagan Talk Show. According to information from reagan.com, Michael, who set world records in power-boat racing, has raised more than $1.5 million for charities through his racing. Charities include the United States Olympic Team, the Cystic Fibrosis and Juvenile Diabetes Foundations, and the Statue of Liberty Restoration Fund. A recipient of the Victor Award for outstanding sports and humanitarian achievement, Michael and his wife, Colleen reside in Sherman Oaks, California with their two children.
Tickets for the Ronald Reagan 99th Birthday Luncheon are $99 each and are available by calling the Sauk Valley College Foundation at 815-835-6345. This non-partisan luncheon is sponsored by SVCC, the Sauk Valley College Foundation, Eureka College, and the Dixon Reagan Centennial Commission.