Leon Panetta will receive the Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award

03/11/2014 2:54 PM

03/11/2014 8:37 PM

Leon Panetta will receive the 2014 Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award.

The former defense secretary and Central Intelligence Agency director is expected to accept the award May 14 at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown’s Muehlebach Tower.

Panetta was selected “because of his lengthy and distinguished service to the United States,” Karl Zobrist, award foundation president, said in a statement.

“Spanning both domestic and foreign affairs, his career encompasses 16 years as a member of Congress, including chairman of the House Budget Committee, as well as director of the Office of Management and Budget and chief of staff to President (Bill) Clinton.”

The Good Neighbor Award has been given every year since 1973 on or near the anniversary of Truman’s May 8 birthday. Previous honorees include former presidents Bill Clinton and Gerald Ford, former Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O’Connor, news anchor Walter Cronkite and historians John Hope Franklin and David McCullough.

Admission is $75 per person, with tables of 10 available at $750 each. To make reservations, call

913-722-1211.

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