Florida Democratic Party hosts its Leadership Blue Gala In Hollywood

Florida Democratic Party

This weekend the Florida Democratic Party hosts its fourth annual Leadership Blue Gala (formerly known as the Jefferson-Jackson dinner) from Diplomat Hotel in Hollywood, with over 1,200 Democrats expected to attend the event.
Saturday night’s speaking schedule kicks-off with comments from the new FDP regime: Chair Stephen Bittel and President Sally Boynton Brown. Party officials are reporting the $800,000 they’ve raised this year for the event through ticket sales and sponsorships to fund the FDP's new community engagement program, aimed at growing the party's grassroots infrastructure in advance of the 2018 election cycle.
While Bittel has been traversing the state in getting himself acquainted with grassroots party members since his election in January, this will be the first time for many Dems to hear from Brown, the former Idaho Democratic Party executive director
Senator Bill Nelson, DNC Vice Chair Michael Blake and a handful of state legislators are on the agenda scheduled to speak, leading into the keynote address by former Vice President Joe Biden.


As usual, there will be meetings by the various party caucuses Like Ours The LGBTA Democratic Caucus, throughout Saturday, as well as a panel featuring the three announced gubernatorial candidates, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham and Winter Park businessman Chris King.

The Leadership Blue Gala is an opportunity for Democrats across the state to come together, celebrate the party and prepare to turn Florida blue in 2018. The event will add to the growing excitement and engagement throughout the state as the party organizes to elect Democrats up and down the ticket during the next campaign cycle. 
Former Vice-President Joe Biden 
 Saturday, June 17th, 2017 at 7:00 pm
 The Diplomat Hotel
             3555 S. Ocean Drive
             Hollywood, FL 33109


Update From The FDP

tickets Still Available!
There is a limited quantity of tickets for the gala still available for purchase at the link below:
UPDATED Leadership Blue Schedule
Please find attached the updated schedule of events for this year’s Leadership Blue Weekend!

Two Important notes regarding the DCCA: 

The DCCA regular meeting has been set for 10AM on Saturday in Room 307
  
Additionally, all Democrats are invited to attend the Friday evening Welcome Reception & Dance Party, hosted by the DCCA from 7-9pm.  NOTE NEW LOCATION:  CONCIERGE LOUNGE ON THE 33rd FLOOR, ACCESSIBLE VIA THE NORTH & SOUTH TOWERS!   Wear your shades & put your dancing shoes on!

Panel Members and Moderators Released
As an update from our last email, we are pleased to introduce our Panel members and moderators:
The Resistance Panel
A discussion on protests, direct action, and coordinating to make change. 
The Moderator:
DeRay McKesson.............................Black Lives Matter/This is the Movement
Introducing the Moderator.……………………………Aaron McKinney
The Panel:
Ida Eskamani ………………………………………………..Organize Florida
Carrie Feit..……………………………………………Women March Florida
Thomas Kennedy……………….People's Progressive Caucus of Miami Dade
Karla Hern├índez-Mats……………………………...United Teachers of Dade
Charo Valero……………………………...Florida Latina Advocacy Network
Dominik Whitehead….....................American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees/ Secretary DeVos Protest Organizer
Our Voice, Our Issues: Panel on Intersectionality
A candid panel discussion on the intersections of race, culture, and the issues affecting our state.
The Moderator:
State Representative Cynthia Stafford……………...........State Representative
Introducing the Moderator…………………………….. Kristellys Estanga
The Panel:
State Senator Oscar Braynon, II………………………………...State Senator
Tom Conboy………………...South Florida Engineering and Consulting LLC
Anna Eskamani.............Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida
Mary Greene………...President of the Brevard Democratic Disability Caucus
Ghazala Salam………………………..American Muslim Democratic Caucus
State Representative Carlos Smith……………………….State Representative
Event RSVPs
To help us determine attendance, please find the links below to RSVP to each training.
·         Ideas for Action: Janet Reno Challenge Grant Presentations: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ideas-for-action-2017-janet-reno-challenge-grant-presentations-tickets-34913364814
·         Candidate Recruitment Training: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/candidate-recruitment-training-tickets-34890135334
·         How to Talk to Your Neighbors Training: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-to-talk-to-your-neighbors-training-tickets-34890284781
·         Our Voice, Our Issues: Panel Discussion on Intersectionality: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/our-voice-our-issues-panel-on-intersectionality-tickets-34890441249
(Please note: Space in all panels, training, and the Gubernatorial forum are provided on a first come, first served basis.)

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