Nicklaus to hold media briefing in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Sept. 9, 2013) – On September 12, golf legend Jack Nicklaus will participate in a luncheon conversation in honor of President Gerald R. Ford’s Centennial Birthday. Steve Ford, son of President and Betty Ford, will join Nicklaus on stage during the conversation. Also, Zach Hope, actor and grandson of entertainer Bob Hope, will be participating in the program.

The luncheon, A Conversation with Golf Legend Jack Nicklaus, will take place at noon in the JW Marriott’s International Ballroom. Proceeds will go towards curriculum development at the new Learning Center being constructed at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids.

Editor’s Note: Prior to lunch, media is invited to attend a press conference with Jack Nicklaus beginning at 11:50 p.m. sharp. Luncheon immediately follows the press conference and will be open to media. Please RSVP to attend.

WHERE: JW Marriott, 235 Louis Campau Promenade NW, Grand Rapids

WHEN: Thursday, September 12
11:50 a.m., Press conference with Jack Nicklaus
JW Marriot’s Zapopan Room – mult-box will be provided

Noon, Luncheon begins, A Conversation with Golf legend Jack Nicklaus begins at 12:30 p.m.
JW Marriot’s International Ballroom – media riser and mult-box will be provided

Nicklaus, known to many as “The Golden Bear,” served as an honorary pallbearer during President Ford’s funeral. He is regarded as one of the most accomplished professional golfers of all time. Nicklaus ranks third behind Sam Snead and Tiger Woods with 73 PGA career victories.

Tickets are still available for the event. The cost for tickets is $100, which includes lunch. Individuals interested in attending should contact the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation at 616-254-0396 or email event@38foundation.org. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.geraldrfordfoundation.org.