WASHINGTON (CBS/AP) — President Barack Obama is planning to attend the dedication of the new Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate in Boston later this month.
Kennedy widow and institute co-founder Victoria Reggie Kennedy announced Monday that the president, first lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden all plan to attend the ceremony on March 30.
The institute is being built on the campus of the University of Massachusetts Boston next to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. The centerpiece is a full-scale representation of the U.S. Senate chamber.
Those who donate to the institute’s fund by 11:59p.m. on March 16 will be entered into a promotional “Luck of the Irish” drawing to win two tickets to attend opening dedication. The winner will be announced on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17.
Ted Kennedy died in 2009 from brain cancer after serving 47 years in the Senate. Kennedy’s endorsement helped Obama win the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination.
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