Residents and history buffs are invited to step back in time to experience a pivotal moment in history — a White House dinner between Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt — at an event this fall in the Town of Paradise Valley to benefit the Sandra Day O’Connor Institute.
“Dinner with Churchill” will be held Saturday, Oct. 17 at the Camelback Inn and feature Winston Churchill scholar Cita Stelzer, author of “Dinner With Churchill: Policy Making At The Dinner Table.”
The evening will be moderated by former Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl.
The event will take guests back to December, 1941. On the same day as the Dec. 7 attack on Pearl Harbor, Great Britain was also struck by Japan at British Hong Kong. In the wake of these attacks, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill sailed on a top secret and dangerous 10-day transatlantic voyage to meet with President Franklin Roosevelt.
The fate of the world hung in the balance. Over the course of Churchill’s stay at the White House, he and President Roosevelt would craft the “Grand Alliance,” to join nations together to defeat Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany during World War ll.
“Dinner With Churchill” will take place in the Arizona Ballroom at the Camelback Inn, which opened in 1936. To honor this significant time in history, the chefs of the Camelback Inn will re-create the White House dinner menu prepared for President Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Churchill on Dec. 25, 1941.
Dinner co-chairs for the event are Sandy and Marion “Mac” Magruder and Lois and Steve Savage.
Individual seats are $250. Guests will receive a copy of the book, “Dinner With Churchill: Policy Making At The Dinner Table.”
In the spirit of Winston Churchill, who preferred to dress for dinner, attire will be black-tie optional. Tables and event sponsorships are also available.
The Sandra Day O’Connor Institute continues the legacy and lifetime work of Sandra Day O’Connor in solving important social, economic and political problems through constructive dialogue and civic action. The O’Connor Institute works to build consensus, form collaborations and help craft solutions to vital public issues, in an environment of mutual respect and shared purpose for a better state and nation.
Future plans call for a location open to the public, which will include a civic center, auditorium, educational classrooms, collaborative work space, public forums and debates, library, tours and a permanent exhibit honoring the life of Sandra Day O’Connor, a former resident of Paradise Valley.