By Peter Wong

Two nationally prominent speakers will be the keynoters for this year’s Oregon Statesman dinner of the Oregon Business Association.

The dinner will start at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, at the Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Portland.

Speakers are Mark Penn, a former political strategist and pollster for President Bill Clinton, now a corporate vice president at Microsoft, and Ron Shaich, founder of Panera Bread and co-founder of No Labels, a bipartisan group seeking to break political gridlock.

Information: (503) 641-0990, or Attendance is limited to 800.

This year’s dinner will honor 11 people, including three legislators, for their work in overhauling health care.

Among the honorees are Sen. Alan Bates, D-Medford, and Reps. Tim Freeman, R-Roseburg, and Tina Kotek, D-Portland.

Others are Commissioner Tammy Baney, Deschutes County; Dr. George Brown, chief executive, Legacy Health; Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, Roseburg; Dr. Megan Haase, chief executive, Mosaic Medical, Prineville; Andrew McCulloch, chief executive, Kaiser Permanente; Dr. Joe Robertson, president, Oregon Health & Science University; Lillian Shirley, director, Multnomah County Health Department, and Greg Van Pelt, chief executive, Providence Health & Services/Oregon Region.

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