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Tribute Dinner in Dallas to honor retiring State Rep. Bob Hunter

Politicians, educators and hundreds of friends will gather Oct. 26 in Dallas to honor 20-year Texas State Rep. Bob Hunter with dinner, tributes and a symphonic concert by Grammy-winning recording artist Amy Grant.

The 7 p.m. event at the InterContinental Hotel will celebrate Hunter and his wife, Shirley, for their dedication to the state of Texas and to higher education. The evening is co-chaired by Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Speaker Tom Craddick.

In addition to his role with the legislature, Hunter serves as vice president emeritus at Abilene Christian University. The event, titled, "Deep in our Hearts: A Lone Star Tribute to Bob Hunter," will benefit the soon-to-be-built Bob and Shirley Hunter Welcome Center at ACU.

"Bob Hunter has provided many unique, distinctive contributions to ACU and to higher education," said Dr. Royce Money, ACU president. "After three decades of full-time service to ACU, Bob stepped up to the challenge of public service, dedicating 20 years to his community and the state of Texas."

The evening will include a pre-event reception for underwriters and sponsors, tributes and greetings for Hunter from associates and longtime friends, and a 45-minute performance by Grant.

Hunter has served on numerous state, regional and national boards in the field of higher education. From 1970-80 he served as executive vice president of the Independent Colleges and Universities in Texas (ICUT).

One of Hunter's most enduring accomplishments during his tenure of public service was his role in the passage of the Texas Tuition Equalization Grant program. This program, which since its inception has given more than $1 billion, provides financial assistance to help students attend the private college or university of their choice in Texas. He also served on the Advisory Council for Technical-Vocational Education in Texas from 1977-83 by appointment of Gov. Dolph Briscoe. He was elected a member of the Texas Legislature in 1986.

As a Texas State Representative, Hunter served as Texas' vice chairman for the American Legislative Exchange Council and on the Task Force on Trade and Transportation. He served on the Arts and Tourism Committee for the National Conference of State Legislatures, on the Intergovernmental Affairs Committee for the Southern Legislative Conference, and on the International Committee for the Council of State Governments.

Hunter received his bachelor's and master's degrees in business administration from ACU. He was awarded a Doctor of Laws degree from Pepperdine University in 1974; a Doctor of Humane Letters from Texas Wesleyan College in 1979; a Doctor of Letters from the University of St. Thomas in 1983; a Doctor of Laws from his alma mater, ACU, in 1993; and a Doctor of Laws from Hardin-Simmons University in 1997.

Limited individual seating and sponsorships are still available by contacting 325-674-2824 or purchasing tickets online at www.acu.edu/bob. All gifts and sponsorships are tax deductible, and checks should be made payable to ACU for the Bob and Shirley Hunter Welcome Center. The university will provide gift receipts.

The 57,000-square-foot facility will have banquet rooms and other features to be used for community and university events.