Thank you to Congressman Keith Ellison (MN) and the families of Annie Brown Kennedy and Bert Bennett for taking part in our Spring Gala fundraising celebration. We were proud to honor Mrs. Kennedy and Mr. Bennett with Lifetime Achievement Awards, showing everyone how important these two Democrats are to Forsyth County and North Carolina. Senator Dan Blue spoke about his experiences and admiration of Mrs. Kennedy, and her son, Harold Kennedy III, accepted the award on her behalf. Judge William Freeman gave a heartfelt speech about his relationship with Mr. Bennett, including a few funny tales, and then presented the award to Bert Bennett IV. We presented video interviews of both Mrs. Kennedy and Mr. Bennett, hoping to post them soon so everyone can see them. We thank Gregg Jamback for his video expertise and Carrie Vickery for conducting the interviews.
FCDP Chair, Susan Campbell introduced over 40 elected officials and the candidates in attendance, as well as Party officials, and thanked them for supporting our local Democratic Party. She singled out Justice Robin Hudson and encouraged everyone to vote for Justice Hudson, since she’s the only statewide judge with a primary opponent. Ms. Campbell highlighted the grassroots effort of volunteers, which is the work that really elects candidates. Delmas Parker of the Senior Democrats gave an award to Harry Weiler for his work.
State Senator Earline Parmon told us what to expect in Raleigh for this upcoming session. Since many legislators will be campaigning for re-election, this will be a short session.
Congressman Keith Ellison spoke passionately about issues such as voting rights, immigration reform, minimum wage, healthcare…and especially about the positive impact our Moral Monday protests are having on the nation. Congressman Ellison had spent the afternoon at a book signing, speaking to the group, taking questions, and patiently spending time with everyone. He also attended the private reception before the Gala, once again impressing us all with his intellect and passion. We appreciate the Congressman spending time in Winston-Salem and helping us raise money for our election work. Thank you to Eric Ellison for bringing his brother back to North Carolina.
We appreciate the support of our event sponsors and donors, as well as all who attended our event. We couldn’t get all our fine candidates elected without your help. As Sen. Parmon said, “Let’s party tonight, but work tomorrow!”
The Gala couldn’t have succeeded without the help of our dedicated team. Thank you to Cynthia Chapman, Natasha Smith, Carrie Vickery, Cam Choiniere (who also designed the invitations/programs/posters), Ann Guill for organizing the reception, Helen Etters for designing the awards, Gregg Jamback for creating the videos, and also our many volunteers from WSSU, WFU, and FCDP for helping to make the event a success. We also thank Imagine Flowers, DJ Arthur Gray of Gray and Gray Productions, and Ralph Womble for their services.