Chicago, IL — Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was treated to a warm reception Wednesday from attendees at the fifth annual Chicago House Speakers Series Luncheon at the Chicago Hilton, 720 S. Michigan Ave.
"We all have our own obligation to find ways to serve," Clinton told the crowd of nearly 2,000 people gathered in the Chicago Hilton's beautiful International Ballroom.
"There's still so much that needs to be done," Clinton added.
The Annual Speaker Series, which originated from a desire to raise awareness and education around the key issues of HIV/AIDS and homelessness, has featured great minds in philanthropy, business, entertainment and politics, including former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, award-winning actor Whoopi Goldberg and designer Kenneth Cole.
In its inaugural year in 2009, the organization welcomed President Bill Clinton to kick off what has now become its largest and most impactful annual fundraising event.
On Wednesday, Clinton joked the crowd was bigger than the turnout for her husband, who drew about 950 guests.
FILE-- Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is shown in this Jan. 23, 2013, file photo on Capitol Hill in Washington.
By Marc Caputo
mcaputo@MiamiHerald.comHillary Clinton quietly slipped into Miami on Thursday to address a travel agents convention in a speech in which the former secretary of state said little about troubles abroad or the future ambitions of the likely presidential-race frontrunner.
When the event moderator asked what it would take for the United States to elect its first female leader, Clinton was quick with a joke.
“Well, it’ll take a crazy person,” she said, drawing laughs from the crowd at the American Society of Travel Agents’ global convention.
“I hope we break that final glass ceiling,” she said, adding nothing about her plans.
Clinton’s speech was tightly stage-managed.
At one point, a member of the audience, Andrew Rothberg, had his Galaxy Note II smartphone taken from him by security, which removed his picture of Clinton onstage and then gave his device back in front of a Miami Herald reporter in the auditorium stands.
Now we know why there were no twitpics. It is not clear where this edict originated, but it is more likely to have come from the event management than from Hillary who never shies away from the camera (which loves her) and has no reason to.
As for future events, a few new items arose this week. We knew she would be holding a fundraiser at the house in Georgetown on September 30 for Terry McAuliffe. A second has been added to be held in New York City on October 15. No venue has been announced, but it will make for a rather busy day for our girl who will keynote the closing of the National Association of Convenience Stores Show 2013 in Atlanta that day and will be honored with the Elton John Foundation's Founder's Award in New York City on the same date.
Clinton will host a second fundraiser on Oct. 15 in New York City, with a private reception costing $25,000 per couple, two sources said.
It wasn’t immediately clear where the event will be held.
Her west coast events in November include an award from the International Medical Corps at a gala fundraiser in Santa Monica on November 8, an appearance at the National Association of Realtors convention at the Moscone Center in San Francisco on November 9, and a Millennium Network Event, a Clinton Foundation fundraiser, which Hillary will co-host with Chelsea also on November 9 in San Francisco.
A new L.A. area event was added to the packed schedule as announced today. The Mexican American Leadership Initiative (MALI) will be honoring Hillary with an award at USC on November 8.
Those honors and awards just keep on coming, and no one is more deserving than our Hillary. Congratulations, Mme. Secretary!
November 09, 2013 - Los Angeles, CAFormer Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will be honored by the Mexican American Leadership Initiative (MALI) of the U.S.-Mexico Foundation at its Awards Brunch in Los Angeles on Saturday, November 9, 2013. Join Hillary and her fellow former Secretaries Henry Cisneros (HUD) and Carlos Gutierrez (Commerce), as well as ImpreMedia CEO and La Opinión Publisher Monica Lozano, in supporting MALI and the Foundation's mission of fostering constructive partnerships between the societies of the United States and Mexico.