Former President George W. Bush, his brother, Jeb, coming to Naples to give lecture

For the ninth consecutive year, former Gov. Jeb Bush hosts Florida's Celebration of Reading in Bonita Springs, benefitting the Family Literacy Initiative. The initiative has provided grants to more than 120 family literacy programs around the state. On Feb. 13 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa, Bush will be joined by his wife, Columba Bush, former President George H.W. Bush. Lexey Swall-Bobay/Staff

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For the ninth consecutive year, former Gov. Jeb Bush hosts Florida's Celebration of Reading in Bonita Springs, benefitting the Family Literacy Initiative. The initiative has provided grants to more than 120 family literacy programs around the state. On Feb. 13 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa, Bush will be joined by his wife, Columba Bush, former President George H.W. Bush. Lexey Swall-Bobay/Staff

— Former President George W. Bush and his brother, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, have signed on to speak at a Naples lecture series early next year.

The Bush brothers will highlight the Naples Town Hall Distinguished Speakers lecture series for the coming season. They are to speak Feb. 16, 2010, at the Naples Grande Beach Resort.

The February lecture will be the second of four events hosted by the Naples Town Hall Distinguished Speakers.

The event titled, “The Special Moderated Event,” will have a different format than the other events. It will feature FOX News Channel’s chief Washington correspondent Jim Angle.

“Having deep connections to our community, it was a natural fit when we approached the brothers about the possibility of talking to our lecture stage,” Rick Borman, the Town Hall series producer, said in a prepared statement.

Tickets are available for the event, but seats are only sold as a subscription of four, said Alexis Lassow, the event coordinator.

The cost of tickets are in the following levels for the series: $550, $1,275 and $4,500.

There is a tax-deductible opportunity for subscribers, Borman said in a prepared statement.

Town Hall supports local education organizations and Alzheimer’s research and provides opportunities for Collier County teachers.

The Naples Town Hall Distinguished Speakers is a nonprofit lecture series that produces four lectures annually during season.

“We are excited about this season, featuring the very best speakers from the world of politics, fine arts, journalism and international leadership,” Borman said in a prepared statement.

The following speakers also are scheduled for the lecture series’ 2010 lineup: former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Jan. 13; Philippe de Montebello, the first director Emeritus of The Metropolitan Museum of Art on Feb. 28; and New York Times best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell along with his friend and co-New Yorker Magazine essayist, Adam Gopnik, on March 26.

For information: (239) 596-6524 or www.naplesdistinguishedspeakers.org.

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u2cane writes:

I hope the lecture doesn't involve teaching Math or English.

Yankee writes:

Hey Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dumb are coming! Maybe I should say Dumb and Dumber are coming!
I can just see Naples drooling. The wealthy and careless being spoken to by two of their own.

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