Benefit Dinner

The Benefit Dinner provides you with an opportunity to not only help bridge the financial gap that many students face with rising tuition costs, but also to hear one of the nation’s leading personalities or entertainers.

Although winter weather forced former first lady Laura Bush to cancel her travel plans to FHU for the 2013 benefit dinner, the event still raised in excess of $1.4 million. Dinner and an abbreviated program were held for those who were able to make their way to campus.

Plans are underway for the 50th annual benefit dinner, Dec. 5, 2014. If you have questions or concerns, please email your thoughts to the Vice President for University Advancement, Dave Clouse, at

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Previous Benefit Dinner Speakers

2013   Laura Bush*   1989   Jerry Clower
2012   Condoleezza Rice   1988    Edwin Newman 
2011   Bob Newhart   1987   Paul Harvey, Jr.
George W. Bush
Arkady Shevchenko
Mike Huckabee
Gerald Ford
  Tim Conway
  1984   Howard K. Smith
  Tom Brokaw   1983   Paul B. Faulkner 
2006   Cal Ripken, Jr.   1982   Zig Ziglar
2005   Barbara Bush   1981   James A. Lovell
2004   Walter Cronkite   1980   Art Linkletter
2003   Bill Frist   1979   Paul Harvey
2002   Regis Philbin   1978   Willard Collins
2001   Norman Schwarzkopf   1977   Ira North
2000   George Bush   1976   Thomas B. Warren
1999   James Earl Jones   1975   Don Gardner
1998   Elizabeth Dole   1974   Clifton Ganus
1997   Fred Thompson   1973   George Benson
1996   Sam Donelson   1972   George Bailey
1995   Archie Manning   1971   Abe Plough
1994   Tom Landry   1970   Chester H. Lauch
1993   Mary Lou  Retton   1969   James O. Baird
  Merlin Olsen   1968   Ira North
1991   Willard Scott   1967   Jimmy Allen
1990   Gene Stallings   1966   V.P. Black

  1965   Jim Bill McInteer



* Laura Bush was unable to attend due to winter weather.