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PHOTO STORY
Twentieth Anniversary Dinner
April 8, 2014
The Century House, Latham, N. Y.

(All photos by Peter J. LaGrasse)


The rapt audience for William Perry’s evening address at the Property Rights Foundation of America’s Twentieth Anniversary Dinner.

Old friends — Founding board members Carol LaGrasse and Robert Prentiss share a humorous moment from the podium at the Twentieth Anniversary Dinner.
Carol W. LaGrasse and Robert G. Prentiss

Carol W. LaGrasse

Carol LaGrasse, President of the Property Rights Foundation of America, Inc., delivers the Welcome at the Twentieth Anniversary Dinner.

There is a widespread, deliberate and somewhat successful misconception that advocacy for private property rights somehow means that the speaker means to stand for big business and that the little guy is not important to the advocate.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Private property rights, assumed in the Constitution and specifically protected in the Fifth Amendment, are a harbor of safety for the little guy, for farmers and small businesses, for women and children, for families, and for the communities, associations, and even for the religious groups that help to secure them.

Robert G. Prentiss announces the presentation of the “Freedom Award” to
William Perry Pendley, while Carol LaGrasse looks on.
Carol W. LaGrasse and Robert G. Prentiss

Robert G. Prentiss, a Founding Member of the Board of Directors of the Property Rights Foundation of America, Inc., bestows PRFA’s first “Freedom Award” to William Perry Pendley, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mountain States Legal Foundation, at the Property Rights Foundation’s Twentieth Anniversary Dinner, while Carol W. LaGrasse, the Foundation’s President, looks on. The engraved plaque reads:

Property Rights Foundation of America, Inc.
April 8, 2014

Twentieth Anniversary
FREEDOM AWARD

Presented to
~William Perry Pendley~
President & Chief Operating Officer
Mountain States Legal Foundation
In Recognition of His Unwavering Defense of
Fundamental Private Property Rights & Right of Association
Guaranteed by the United States Constitution

Carol W. LaGrasse, Robert G. Prentiss and William Perry Pendley

William Perry Pendley

 William Perry Pendley delivers the Evening Address, “Defending Freedom in an ‘Anti-Constitutional Era,’” describing the great victories for private property rights that Mountain States Legal Foundation has won at the United States Supreme Court and the victory in federal court on behalf of the traditional oil producers in Pennsylvania against the United States Attorney General. These victories, whether for a rancher faced with the federal government trying to take the defunct railroad route through his land or against a “sue and settle” conspiracy between radical environmentalists and the EPA, were won in spite of the assault on the Constitution by the current Administration.

In closing, Mr. Pendley recalled first-hand the days of Ronald Reagan, with this remark:

He knew what he believed. He was unwavering in doing that. And I believe that is something that we must follow and I know the challenges are difficult. No one knows that more than you in this room who fought on these issues for twenty years against all incredible opposition. You know that if not us, who, and if not now, when. And that should be our guiding principle.

William Perry Pendley outlines the significance of his new book, Sagebrush Rebel: Reagans Battle with Environmental Extremists and Why It Matters Today.
William Perry Pendley

Mr. Pendley meets many of the men and women who came to the Property Rights Foundation of America’s Twentieth Anniversary Dinner while autographing copies of his book, Sagebrush Rebel: Reagans Battle with Environmental Extremists and Why It matters Today, as the event came to a close.
William Perry Pendley signing books

Lis and Perry Pendley together for the camera when his book signing was over.
Lis and William Perry Pendley

 

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