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Americans for Prosperity Foundation to honor Noble Laureate Milton Friedman on July 29

July 26, 2011

Topeka, Kan. – The Kansas chapter of Americans for Prosperity Foundation (AFPF) will honor Dr. Milton Friedman on July 29 as part of a national day of recognition for the Nobel Laureate, his work, theories, and contributions. The Friedman Legacy for Freedom Day is being celebrated in every U.S. state and in six countries.

The lunch meetings are being sponsored by the Foundation for Educational Choice, the continuation of the Milton and Rose D. Friedman Foundation. The events will explore how Dr. Friedman and his free-market theories have benefited mankind and how they can move our country forward amidst current economic uncertainty.

“It is just so important for us to recognize the life of Dr. Friedman and his dedication to economic freedom,” said AFPF-Kansas state director Derrick Sontag. “His efforts to promote school choice and freedom in all aspects should be celebrated by all, especially with so many of our government leaders promoting higher taxes, more government and less freedom.”

It is the 99th anniversary of the birth of Dr. Friedman, who passed away in November 2006. He is regarded as one of the world’s most influential promoters of economic freedom. He argued that the voluntary choices of individuals, not the dictates of government, should be the default mode of human life. His revolutionary work in economic theory earned him the Nobel Prize in 1976.

“Now, more than ever, our nation and world need the wise ideas of Dr. Friedman,” said Robert Enlow, president and CEO of the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice. “With the American economy in crisis and the constant threat of increased government control, Dr. Friedman’s simple, profound belief that humans ought to be free carries fresh, urgent relevance.”

“We’re delighted to have AFP Foundation join us in celebrating Dr. Milton Friedman’s legacy for freedom,” said Enlow.

Although he typically is recognized for his economic contributions, Dr. Friedman spent the last decade of his life fighting to bring educational freedom to all of America’s children. In 1996, he and his wife Rose founded the Foundation for Educational Choice to promote his vision for universal school choice—an idea he first proposed in 1955.

The events will be held at noon on July 29 at the AFPF-Kansas office in Topeka (2348 SW Topeka Blvd., Suite 201), and at the Petroleum Club in Wichita (100 N Broadway St., Suite 900). The Wichita meeting cost is $10; there is no charge for the Topeka meeting. For more information about the Topeka event contact Jen Rezac at 785-354-4237. In Wichita, contact Susan Estes at 316-681-4415.

Last year, 46 organizations throughout the country participated in the Friedman Legacy for Freedom Day.

Americans for Prosperity Foundation (AFPF) is a nationwide organization of citizen-leaders committed to advancing every individual’s right to economic freedom and opportunity. AFFP believes reducing the size and intrusiveness of government is the best way to promote individual productivity and prosperity for all Americans. AFPF educates and engages citizens to support restraining state and federal government growth and returning government to its constitutional limits. AFPF is more than 1.7 million activists strong, with activists in all 50 states. AFPF has 31 state chapters and affiliates. More than 85,000 Americans in all 50 states have made a financial contribution to AFP or AFP Foundation. For more information, visit http://www.americansforprosperityfoundation.com/
Americans for Prosperity does not support or oppose candidates for public office.

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