Bill Clinton to receive Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award at Kansas City event

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Former president Bill Clinton will be in Kansas City Wednesday to receive an award in honor of Missouri native Harry S. Truman.

Clinton, the 42nd president of the United States, will receive the Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award at a luncheon at the Downtown Marriott in honor of Truman's birthday.

The award has been given each year since 1973.

"President Bill Clinton has built a remarkable record of public service," said Karl Zobrist, president of The Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award Foundation. "The accomplishments of his presidency are numerous, from peacekeeping efforts in the
Balkans and the Middle East and the expansion of international trade to unprecedented economic prosperity and welfare reform at home."

Prior to his presidency from 1993 to 2001, Clinton was the governor of Arkansas, the state's attorney general and law professor at the University of Arkansas.

But it's Clinton's work after his presidency that has earned him this honor.

"Bill Clinton's support of charitable causes and the promotion of innovative solutions to address the world's most pressing issues through the William J. Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative have set a new standard in post-presidential leadership," Zobrist said.

Previous honorees include President Gerald R. Ford, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, General H. Norman Schwarzkopf and news anchor Walter Cronkite.

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