Celebration Banquet


The Hoover Presidential Foundation Celebration Banquet came about as a way to recognize and celebrate recent achievements of programs and activities on the Hoover campus during the year. The celebration continues, as each year more and more gets accomplished! This year, for example, we've seen growth in the Library's S.T.E.M. programming, author talks and special speakers, and programs within the National Historic Site. As you can see, we have a lot to celebrate!

The Foundation works in support of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, the Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, and participates in programs led by the West Branch Community Development Group and the City of West Branch. Gifts to the Foundation are used in support of a multitude of projects where they fit the Foundation's mission and vision. The Celebration Banquet is our largest, most prestigious fundraising event of the year. Reserve your seats now, or a table for 10, to hear Margaret Hoover share her stories of reviving the long-running PBS series Firing Line and her interviews with today's top opinion makers.

Help us celebrate our 80th year of service on Thursday, Oct. 17 at the Hotel at Kirkwood in Cedar Rapids and take advantage of our special ticket prices (for a limited time only)! A cash bar reception for all guests begins at 5:30 p.m. in the lobby. The doors open to the banquet hall at 6:15 followed by the program at 6:30. Enjoy a short chat and a photo opportunity with Margaret before the program.


Margaret Hoover is an American conservative political commentator, political strategist, media personality, author, and great-granddaughter of Herbert Hoover, the 31st U.S. President. She is the author of the book American Individualism: How A New Generation of Conservatives Can Save the Republican Party, published by Crown Forum in 2011.
Margaret worked for the George W. Bush administration as Associate Director of Intergovernmental Affairs. She worked on Bush's 2004 reelection campaign and was Deputy Finance Director for Rudy Giuliani's presidential bid in 2006–07. She also worked as a staffer on Capitol Hill for Congressman Mario Díaz-Balart and as Advisor to the Deputy Secretary at the Department of Homeland Security.
She is on the Board of Overseers at Stanford University's Hoover Institution, and on the boards of the  Hoover Presidential Foundation and the Belgian American Educational Foundation. She serves on the Advisory Council of The American Foundation for Equal Rights and GOProud.
Margaret, along with the entire Hoover family, is committed to publicizing her great-grandfather Herbert Hoover's legacy.
From 2008 to 2012, Margaret was a Fox News contributor, appearing on Bill O'Reilly's The O'Reilly Factor. In the branded segment "Culture Warrior", she jousted with O'Reilly on a range of topics from entertainment news to popular culture to Hollywood and politics. Since 2012, she has been a political contributor at CNN.
Margaret is married to fellow CNN contributor John Avlon, a former Rudy Giuliani speechwriter, senior columnist for Newsweek, and former Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Beast. They have a son, Jack, born in 2013, and a daughter, Toula Lou, born in 2015.

Last year, Margaret made a successful bid to revive the long-running news series Firing Line, and will share the story of how she did it in her address.
Firing Line with Margaret Hoover is a refreshing reprisal of William F. Buckley’s iconic PBS program, a smart, civil and engaging contest of ideas. The series maintains the character of the original, providing a platform that is diligent in its commitment to civility and the rigorous exchange of opinion. Firing Line with Margaret Hoover comes at a time when meaningful discourse is needed more than ever. Interviews and debates will highlight leading lights from the left and right, complemented by archival footage from the original Firing Line to remind viewers of longstanding conservative and liberal arguments, where they’ve been disproved or reinforced over time. It is an opportunity to engage in the debate about the America that we want to create for the 21st century — and summon Americans of every political persuasion to a rigorous examination of the choices we must make together in the challenging years ahead.