The Birthday Luncheons began in 1953 when 21 of President Truman’s friends, mostly businessmen of the area, held a birthday luncheon for him at Max Bretton’s Restaurant in Kansas City. The luncheons became an annual event and at President Truman’s passing in 1972, the core group, by then called the Eddie Jacobson Foundation in honor of one of its deceased founders, adopted the present name and incorporated as a not-for-profit Missouri corporation and charitable tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code to conduct activities honoring the late president.