Dr. Ben Carson, who was a candidate for president in 2016 and later became the secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development under President Donald Trump, will keynote an event for the Anchorage Republican Women’s Club on Aug. 22.
Club President Judy Eledge sent out a “save the date” notice to her membership on Saturday.
Carson is a neurosurgeon who performed the first successful separation of conjoined twins whose heads were attached to each other. In 1987, when the operation was undertaken, Carson led a team of 70 surgical professionals, and the entire operation took 22 hours.
Carson later became known for his groundbreaking work on the brains of those who have severe epilepsy.
In 2016, when Carson was among the earlier Republican candidates to file for president, he was the first to sign up to participate in the Alaska Republican Party’s Presidential Preference Poll, which is the state party’s caucus-by-ballot method for determining who it will support for president.
“ARWC is very excited to bring an American of this caliber to Anchorage. I want to make sure people know it is a fundraiser, and that ARWC gives everything it makes to supporting conservative candidates. I especially want to thank the board of ARWC — they work so hard to make memorable events like this happen,” Eledge said.
The details of the event will be announced shortly, Eledge said.