Last week, I was honored to serve as the mistress of ceremonies for the Women’s National Republican Club’s 97th Annual Awards Dinner. The event was a celebration honoring two exceptional public servants, Edward F. Cox, chairman of the New York Republican State Committee, with the WNRC Republican Leadership Award, and the Hon. Loretta A. Preska with the WNRC Outstanding Public Service Award.
I kicked off the night pointing out that I was proud of President Trump for standing in the face of evil by cutting off the wealth spigot to Iran, which is bankrolling terrorism around the world thanks to the previous administration’s flawed nuclear deal, whose sunset provisions alone made the deal essentially worthless for purposes of denuclearization. It’s sad that the mainstream media has been afraid to correctly identify the comprehensive risks posed by the Iranian regime.
Cox has a prolific resume and he’s also the son-in-law of President Richard M. Nixon and First Lady Pat Nixon after marrying Tricia Nixon in a White House Rose Garden ceremony. Cox served in the Reagan administration as the senior vice president and general counsel of the United States Synthetic Fuels Corporation. He’s also served on the Commission on Judicial Nomination (nominating candidates for New York’s highest court, as Chairman of the New York Council of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, as Chairman of the New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, as a Trustee of the State University of New York and as a director of the New York Institute for Special Education.
Preska is a senior U.S. District Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. She was nominated by President George H. W. Bush to a seat on the District Court in 1992, confirmed by the U.S. Senate on August 11, 1992, and received her commission on August 12. She has been a beacon of freedom and voice of reason on the bench ever since. Preska served as Chief Judge of her court for a seven-year term from 2009 through 2016.
During the evening, we were also lucky to hear from singer Mary Millben, who performed the national anthem, as well as “God Bless America” and “America the Beautiful.” Millben sang for the White House Holiday Season as a featured soloist in 2011 under President Obama and also for the 58th Presidential Inauguration Victory Celebration for President Trump. Millben was also the featured entertainment for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture Opening grand opening dinner and soloist for the 102nd NAACP National Convention in Los Angeles, California, and at the Fame-Wall/Actor’s Fund New York fundraiser. Millben was also accompanied by The Joyce Garrett Singers – the annual choir for the Kennedy Center Honors, Super Bowl Halftime Show and Christmas In Washington Special on TNT.