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Center and ViewPoint Bank Presentation to Focus On Kennedy Family Legacy

(DALLAS) The AT&T Performing Arts Center and ViewPoint Bank will present an exclusive Charlie Rose Live event to honor the legacy of the Kennedy family. On January 11, 2013, veteran television journalist Charlie Rose will interview Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and his sister, Rory Kennedy, two children of the late U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy, at the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House. Robert Jr. is an author and environmental attorney. Rory is a filmmaker and recently premiered the HBO documentary Ethel, about her mother Ethel Kennedy.

Over the next year, many local events will be planned and increased media attention will revolve around the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. The Center’s program, sponsored by ViewPoint Bank, will be among the first. The Center felt Mr. Rose’s legendary interviewing skills would make for a fascinating evening and set the right tone going forward.
“The Kennedy family has shaped our nation,” said Douglas T. Curtis, president and acting CEO of the nonprofit AT&T Performing Arts Center. “We felt this was an appropriate and constructive way to honor President Kennedy and his family and be respectful to the sensitive nature of this painful chapter in our city’s history.”

Mr. Rose will utilize his familiar format by interviewing the guests at a simple, round oak table with a black backdrop on the Shannon and Ted Skokos Stage at the Winspear Opera House. The discussion will examine the family’s influence on politics, culture and history from Mr. and Ms. Kennedy’s unique perspective.

ViewPoint Bank, a 60-year old institution based in North Texas, has a long history of supporting local arts organizations, including the AT&T Performing Arts Center.
“We’re pleased to sponsor what is sure to be a fascinating event,” said ViewPoint Bank CEO Kevin Hanigan. “It’s an honor to be able to support this observance of such a significant episode in our country’s history.”
Charlie Rose Live will begin at 8:00 pm. Tickets go on sale next week at Ticket prices will range from $25 to $150.

Emmy Award-winning Charlie Rose is synonymous with smart conversation. He is the host of Charlie Rose, the nightly PBS program that, since 1993, has engaged America’s best thinkers, writers, politicians, athletes, entertainers and newsmakers. USA Today calls Charlie Rose “TV’s most addictive talk show.” Mr. Rose, who has been awarded a prestigious Peabody Award, has co-anchored CBS This Morning since January 2012 and Person to Person, also for CBS. He has also been a correspondent for 60 Minutes.

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. is the third son of Ethel and Senator Robert Kennedy and has a reputation as a staunch defender of the environment. Kennedy was named one of Time magazine’s “Heroes for the Planet” for his work as a clean water advocate in New York. He served as an assistant district attorney in New York City and is currently a professor of environmental law at Pace University School of Law. He is an author of several books and his articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Village Voice and many other publications. Robert is a licensed falconer and pursues a life-long enthusiasm for white water paddling.

Emmy Award winner Rory Kennedy is the youngest of the eleven children of Ethel and Robert Kennedy. She is a prolific independent documentary filmmaker. Her impressive body of work confronts some of the most pressing social concerns – poverty, political corruption, AIDS, human rights and mental illness. Her documentaries have appeared on HBO, PBS, A&E, The Oxygen Network and more. Her most recent project, Ethel, is her most personal project to date, providing an intimate look at the remarkable life of her mother. It premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and was broadcast on HBO in October. She lives in Los Angeles and Brooklyn.

ViewPoint Bank is a community bank that has been serving consumers and businesses in North Texas for 60 years. Based in Plano, ViewPoint Bank is one of the largest financial institutions headquartered in Collin County, with $3.64 billion in assets. It has 31 bank branches in North Texas.

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