Saturday, September 25, 2010

Botetourt GOP ham dinner a huge success

Botetourt GOP Chair Christine Broughton had a successful event tonight at Lord Botetourt High School with 200+ in attendance at the 44th annual ham dinner fundraiser.

Driving back to Augusta on I-81 with SWAC Husband and Suzanne, it's still fresh in my mind as I pull from my memory those who spoke and those who attended.

Adnan Barqawi talks with SWAC Girl on Bloggers Row
at 2009 Virginia Republican Convention.
Photo by Tom White of Virginia Right!

The guest speaker was Adnan Barqawi, that wonderful young man who was a Virginia Tech cadet and captivated the 2009 Virginia Republican State Convention when he addressed the coliseum full of enthusiastic Republicans. Tonight he did not disappoint. Though it had been 16 months since the convention, and he had traded his cadet uniform for a business suit, his ability to inspire, captivate, and move those in the room had not changed. He electrified those who had not heard him in the past, and brought tears to the eyes of those who had watched his journey since moving to America. More about Adnan as I upload photos in the next few days.

The evening was emceed by Adrian Cronauer of "Gooooooooood Morning, Vietnam!" fame. Speakers included Congressman Bob Goodlatte (who attended with Mary Ellen), State Sen. Mark Obenshain, a rep from the Heritage Foundation, State Sen. Ralph Smith, and others.

All those in Republican leadership were recognized including Suzanne Curran as "volunteer extraordinaire." There was food, fellowship, music, door prizes, and fun all around.

More about tonight to follow....

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