Last night’s PWCRC Lincoln-Reagan dinner at Heritage Hunt went way beyond expectations for a local committee’s fundraising dinner. Sure, you had the usual speeches — and they were very good, especially Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s keynote address, but it was the extras this year that put this event way over the top. The committee brought in the “Swing Shift Big Band” for the crowd’s entertainment and dancing, and they were just phenomenal. They were a dead-on young Frank Sinatra vocals and super-tight instrumentals kind of blow-the-roof-off-the-joint wowness that really made the event memorable. I’ve heard (and years ago played) a lot of this big band stuff and rarely have heard anything approaching this kind of silky-smooth awesomeness, ever.
Swing Shift Big Band, photo from their website
Of course not all the greatness of this event came from the tremendous sounds of Swing Shift and DJ Arnoldo backing them up as DJ, but in the nearly over-capacity crowd and the speakers. The always entertaining, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli gave another brilliant address defending liberty and especially explaining why the EPA’s recent decision to regulate carbon dioxide emissions was so dangerous to our economic future and our freedom. Near the end of his address he let the committee know that soon, they’ll have a new member as Ken is planning to relocate to Prince William County. Watch this space for more about Ken’s remarks, as there’s a ton of great stuff in there worthy of its own discussion.
I was too busy taping to have much time to speak to a lot of the good friends who attended, but it was great to see not only a lot of our favorite elected officials but a number of people I expect to be running for election soon. Jay O’Brien, who I expect to take on George Barker in the next Senate elections made his appearance, and I saw people who are gearing up to challenge incumbents on the Prince William County School Board and Board of County Supervisors, as well as House and Senate districts in Prince William County. There are a lot of really capable and well qualified people sitting on the bench just waiting for an opportunity to run for office, and it’s heart-warming to see.
Perhaps best of all, not a hint of divisiveness or intramural infighting was seen last night. This committee is one solid group, and it showed up in the number of volunteers working the event. I was there pretty early to set up video and audio equipment and there was a steady stream of people coming in to set up the silent auction, put centerpieces on the tables, and help run the event. You don’t get a legion of volunteers to pull off something this big without a lot of unity and dedication to the big picture. There’s a lot of reasons why this is the case, but the biggest reason is Lyle Beefelt. He’s done a terrific job with the committee, and it shows.
I shot about three hours of footage that I’ll be putting together over the next day or so and will have videos of the dinner up as soon as I can.
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