Friday, April 29, 2011

Roanoke Valley Democratic Women make fundraising an art

Councilman Bill Bestpitch

While the officials were hashing out redistricting in Richmond the Roanoke Valley Democratic Women were putting on a feast. It was the 13th year for their annual Wine and Cheese Democratic fundraising event at the Ramada Inn on Franklin Road.

The event almost didn’t happen. In January the RVDW were fined $1500 for not registering as a PAC. On January 31 before the Virginia State Board of Elections their fine was reduced to $200 after they had registered.

This threw them into a tizzy for awhile with thoughts of disbanding. After assurances from Democratic leaders that the paper work for PAC status was minimal the RVDW charged on.

“Who has more fun then the Democratic women … certainly not the Republicans,” said Mayor David Bowers.

Speakers were sparse since Senator John Edwards and Delegate Onzlee Ware were in Richmond Thursday evening. Mayor Bowers filled the void and honored Margaurite Garman, 90 who has been an outspoken Democrat all her life. He thanked her for “her loyalty, her honesty, her hard work and cheerfulness.”

Margaurite Garman

Garman kept throwing “zingers” at Bowers and at one point he offered her the podium in jest. He said, “speaking to you folks is like speaking to the Knights of Columbus.”

Bowers named off the Mayors Garman had witnessed starting with Wick Anderson, Murray Stoller up to present day.

He recalled being a teen Democrat meeting Garman. Interrupting Bowers again Garman yelled out, “I remember when you graduated high school.”

Council members Bill Bestpitch, Court Rosen, County and City treasurers and Commonwealth Attorney and Roanoke City chair Don Caldwell were there. Roanoke County sheriff Mike Winston who is up for reelection attended. The Roanoke County Democratic chair, Brian Lang was tending bar. I was corrected by Lang when I called it booze, “it is the wine of Democratic sophistication,” said Lang.

Political Committee fined by the Virginia State Board


Posted By Valerie Garner

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