Lincoln Day Dinner tickets selling fast

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Tickets are selling quickly for the Routt County Republicans' annual Lincoln Day Dinner on May 14.

Party Chairwoman Jennifer Schubert-Akin estimated the group already has sold 100 tickets to the 125-person event at Old Town Pub in Steamboat Springs.

The fund-raiser will feature keynote speaker Lt. Gov. Jane Norton and Steamboat Springs police Officer Dwight Murphy, who will talk about the time he spent in Iraq training Iraqi police officers.

The event also will include silent and live auctions.

"It's really become known as a fun event," Schubert-Akin said.

Named for Republican Party founder Abraham Lincoln, the dinner helps raise money for political campaigns and candidates and activities such as the annual Senior Citizen dinner that the party hosts in October.

For the first time, Routt County Republicans also will present a $1,000 scholarship to a senior graduating from a Routt County high school. The party developed the scholarship in con--junction with a new student-initiated Young Republicans Club at Steamboat Springs High School.

The Lincoln Day Dinner will kick off with cocktails and a silent auction at 5 p.m. Dinner will start at about 6 p.m. Norton's and Murphy's speeches and a live auction will follow dinner.

The auctions will feature a wide range of items of varying value, and credit cards will be accepted this year.

Former state Sen. Ken Chlouber of Leadville again will serve as auctioneer for the live auction. Chlouber, known for his wild shirts and crazy antics, will have the audience in stitches, Schubert-Akin said.

"He's really entertaining," she said.

The Routt County Rep--ublicans comprise the Routt County Republican Central Committee, made up of local elected officials, a group chairperson, three vice chairpeople, a secretary and a treasurer.

Representatives from each of the 20 precincts in Routt County also sit on the central committee.

Motivated by the 2004 elections, which saw most of Routt County sway toward Democratic candidates, the Routt County Republican Central Committee is focused on strengthening its grassroots base as it looks toward the 2006 elections.

"Anytime you see your county swing back the other way, it gets your attention and makes you want to try harder," Schubert-Akin said.

The committee hopes to bring nationally known conservative speakers to Steamboat Springs and also wants to continue encouraging the conservative spirit in youths.

"I think it is very important to focus on young Republicans as well as getting the message out to fellow citizens," Schubert-Akin said.

Tickets for the Lincoln Day Dinner are $40. Call Jeanne Whiddon at 879-6048.


-- To reach Tamera Manzanares call 871-4204 or e-mail tmanzanares@steamboatpilot.com

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