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Clinton visit highlights importance of Ford Education Center

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Wednesday night's speech by former President, Bill Clinton is a fundraiser for the Wendell H. Ford Government Education Center, but it's just part of the fundraiser for the Center, whose mission is learn to serve, serve to learn.

For the Ford family, that's especially true when it comes to young people.

"We want them to have the opportunity to learn that it's okay to compromise," said Clay Ford. "It's good to compromise. We want them to be able to have civil discourse and learn about how they can make a difference in their community in the best fashion possible," he said. 

Over the years, Clay Ford says there were times President Clinton and his grandfather relied on those concepts that are crucial to the center.

"No question, no question. I think he and my grandfather went through lots of different situations and scenarios where they had to figure out a way to work with people from all walks of life," said Clay. 

The center encourages government involvement at every age and level.

Kathy Olson, with the Owensboro Museum of Science and History, notes that knowledge is power.

"When you understand it, you develop a passion for it, and then take care of it," said Olson. 

That's what the center's all about.

"They can make a difference locally," said Clay. "They can make a difference in their state or they can make a difference in their country, but you have to get started somewhere," he said. 

Organizers say they hope that some of the students who get to hear Clinton speak will be inspired by his words and maybe go into government themselves one day.

Some of the programs that will benefit from the fundraiser include Difference In A Day and the Wendell H. Ford Statesmanship Academy. 

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