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Former Reagan speechwriter heads RTC dinner

Published 11:44 am, Saturday, March 8, 2014
  • Bently Elliott, a 23-year resident of New Canaan, was the head speechwriter for President Ronald Reagan in the 1980s. He will be the guest speaker at the New Canaan Republican Town Committee's eighth annual Lincoln/Reagan Dinner Friday, March 28. Photo: Contributed Photo, Contributed / New Canaan News Contributed
    Bently Elliott, a 23-year resident of New Canaan, was the head speechwriter for President Ronald Reagan in the 1980s. He will be the guest speaker at the New Canaan Republican Town Committee's eighth annual Lincoln/Reagan Dinner Friday, March 28. Photo: Contributed Photo, Contributed

 

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The New Canaan Republican Town Committee will host its eighth annual Lincoln/Reagan Dinner at 7 p.m. Friday, March 28, at Woodway Country Club in Darien.

Bently T. Elliott, former speechwriter for President Ronald Reagan, is guest speaker.

Elliott, a 23-year New Canaan resident, joined Reagan's speechwriting team in 1981 and served as director of White House speechwriting from 1983 to 1986.

After serving Reagan, Elliott focused his career on speechwriting and communications correspondent for corporations and CEOs of American businesses, including IBM, Goldman Sachs, Pepsico, the New York Stock Exchange and Merrill Lynch.

He is a graduate of the Haverford School, which honored him with its Distinguished Alumni Award in 2007. He also played free safety as a member of the Bucknell University football team, which won the Lambert Cup in 1964, and graduated in 1966. He is also a 1970 graduate of L'Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Paris.

James T. O'Hora, the outgoing New Canaan RTC chairman, said, "We are thrilled that longtime New Canaanite Bently Elliot has agreed to be our speaker for the now eighth annual New Canaan RTC Lincoln/Reagan Dinner. Ben Elliott spent an enormous amount of time with President Reagan and he shaped and refined Ronald Reagan's speeches, directing themes and approach. He is a great writer and I'm really looking forward to his remarks on March 28."

The Lincoln Dinner is the primary fundraiser for the RTC, providing funds to help elect Republicans on the local, state and national levels, and also serves as its annual meeting.

Tickets are $150 per person or $250 for patrons. For information or reservations, email ncrtcchairman@gmail.com or visit newcanaanrepublicans.org.