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Polk Democrats Hosting Celebrate Blue Gala Virtual Fundraiser Sept. 12

The Polk County Democrats will be holding their annual fundraising gala from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12 as a unique, virtual event. The Celebrate Blue theme reflects ongoing efforts to elect Democrats in the upcoming Nov. 3 election.

Keynote speaker will be Nikki Fried, commissioner of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Special guest speaker will be U.S. Rep. Val Demings from Orlando. Others participating include U.S. Rep. Darren Soto, Florida Democrat Party Chair Terrie Rizzo, Florida Hispanic Caucus president and first vice chair of the Polk County DEC Cesar Ramirez, Florida Democratic leader Rep. Anna Eskamani, attorney Sean Shaw, Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith and U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy.

Attendees will sit at a virtual seat at a virtual table and can visit with those at their table and other tables as well – all virtually. Attendees can sign in and socialize beginning at 6 p.m .; the program begins at 7 p.m. and there will be time to socialize after the program until the event ends at 9 p.m.

Entertainment will be provided by American musician Jon "Bowzer" Bauman, a committed Democrat best known as a member of the band Sha Na Na.

Tickets are on sale now and tables and sponsorships are available. Individual tickets are $46, student tickets are $20 and tables of six are $250. Go to for details and to purchase tickets.

For more information and questions, go to or call 863-668-7199. Deadline for ticket purchase is Sept. 10.


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