This year’s honorees will be Jesse Cleveland, the late Brian Townsend and Jimmy Allen of Clay County.
Riley served three terms in U.S. Congress representing Alabama’s Third District before being elected the state’s fifty-second governor in 2002. He was elected to a second term in 2006.
According to a press release, “during his eight years leading our state, few can doubt the former governor’s astounding success record in education reform, ethics reform and economic development. He has been called one of the most prolific job creators in the nation. During his tenure, unemployment fell to its lowest level ever recorded in the state's history. From small manufacturers to the single biggest economic development project in the nation, Governor Riley turned our economy around. He is often lauded as having one of the few administrations in Alabama history that was completely void of scandal or impropriety. In the waning days of his administration, in a special session, the legislature passed seven bills aimed at restoring honesty and integrity to the halls of the Alabama Statehouse, a cause Riley had championed for all eight years. Moreover, while Bob Riley was in the Governor's Mansion, classroom funding rose to record levels and students moved from last place in many rankings to first. Today, when he is not spending time with his eight grandchildren, the former businessman has returned to the private sector, where he continues to create jobs for Alabama.”
Tables at the dinner are $300, or $50 for a single seat.
For more information or to reserve tickets, please contact Thomas Ritch at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 256-452-5135.
Tickets are also available at Griffin’s Jewelers on Battle Street, please call Becky Griffin at 256-362-5282.