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Nicklaus Coming To Grand Rapids To Honor Ford

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WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 12: Golfer Jack Nicklaus arrives for a ceremony for Arnold Palmer receiving the Congressional Gold Medal at the U.S. Capitol on September 12, 2012 in Washington, DC. Palmer was presented with the medal, and was recognized for his contributions to the game of golf and historic contributions to the nation. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 12: Golfer Jack Nicklaus arrives for a ceremony for Arnold Palmer receiving the Congressional Gold Medal at the U.S. Capitol on September 12, 2012 in Washington, DC. Palmer was presented with the medal, and was recognized for his contributions to the game of golf and historic contributions to the nation. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Golf legend Jack Nicklaus will be in Grand Rapids next month to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of President Gerald Ford.

The 73-year-old will speak at a luncheon on Sept. 12, at the JW Marriott’s International Ballroom.

Proceeds from the event will be used for curriculum development at a new learning center being built at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids.

It costs $100 to attend “A Conversation with Golf Legend Jack Nicklaus,” which includes lunch.

Ford’s son, Steve, says Nicklaus “played many rounds of golf with” the president, “and he was a close family friend for many of those years.”

Nicklaus served as an honorary pallbearer during Gerald Ford’s funeral in 2007.

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http://www.geraldrfordfoundation.org

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