New date scheduled for Anderson Cooper Economic Club presentation

As you may have already heard, a scheduling conflict will prevent Anderson Cooper from presenting on Wednesday, May 17, as part of The Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan Speakers Series. We are pleased to tell you that we have been able to reschedule his presentation for Sunday, June 11.


A few special notes about the final speaker event of the 2016-2017 season:


  • Grand Upton Hall dinner members and individual meeting ticket holders who have purchased the dinner option will be served a special buffet-style dinner with a variety of delicious choices including a carving station. Servers will be available for those with mobility concerns. Doors open at 5:30 pm.


  • The regular format of the evening remains unchanged for Mainstage members. Doors open at 6:30 pm.


  • Cooper’s presentation will be delivered in a moderated interview format, using pre-submitted topics and questions from members and attendees. If you would like to submit a question for consideration, please email it to The Mendel Center Box Office at or mail it to The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College, 2755 E. Napier Ave, Benton Harbor, MI 49022. Please email or postmark your question by Monday, June 5.


If you already have tickets for Anderson Cooper and are able to attend, your tickets will be honored on the new date. THERE IS NOTHING FURTHER YOU NEED TO DO.


If you are unable to use or share your tickets for the new date, please let us know as soon as possible. This is important, even if you have a Grand Upton Hall speaker-only ticket, so that we may properly set the room and prepare for the correct number of guests.


To receive a refund for your dinner ticket or individually purchased non-member ticket, send your refund request to the Box Office at, or call 269-927-8700, option 1. Please include the ticket purchaser’s full name and the order confirmation number, if possible. Refund requests will be honored through Wednesday, May 17, at 6 pm.


If you do not already have tickets to the Anderson Cooper presentation, you may order them now through the Box Office or online. Mr. Cooper’s appearance has generated a tremendous amount of interest. We encourage you to order your tickets as soon as possible.