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Grand Rapids, MI - On October 11, 500 friends and supporters of the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty will gather at Grand Rapids' Amway Grand Plaza to celebrate the think tank's eleventh anniversary. The evening will feature a keynote address from Tony Snow, a nationally syndicated political commentator and television news personality.

The Acton Institute is the only think tank in the country that works internationally to instruct religious and business leaders—of all denominations—in the moral potential of free markets. And it does so from its home base of Grand Rapids.

This black-tie event serves one of the Institute's major activities this year. In addition to the keynote address by Tony Snow, Acton Institute president Rev. Robert A. Sirico will provide his thoughts on the recent terrorist attacks and the subsequent military response.

About the Acton Institute

With its commitment to pursue a society that is free and virtuous, the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty is a leading voice in the national environmental and social policy debate. The Acton Institute is uniquely positioned to comment on the sound economic and moral foundations necessary to sustain humane environmental and social policies.

The Acton Institute is a nonprofit, ecumenical think tank located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Institute works internationally to "promote a free and virtuous society characterized by individual liberty and sustained by religious principles."

Interviews with Institute staff may be arranged by contacting John Couretas at (616) 454-3080 or at