Press Release from the Tennessee Democratic Party, May 19, 2014:
Jackson Day event brings in over half-million dollars
NASHVILLE, Tenn.- The Tennessee Democratic Party set a new record with its annual Jackson Day fundraiser this past Saturday evening at the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, with the dinner raising over $500,000 for the TNDP.
“Our event was the most successful party fundraiser in Tennessee Democratic Party history,” said Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Roy Herron. “We will net half a million dollars, and over 95 cents of every single dollar will go directly toward electing Democrats.”
According to Chairman Herron, one previous Jackson Day event grossed more money than this year’s, one at which President Bill Clinton, Vice-President Al Gore, Governor Phil Bredesen, Governor Ned McWherter, and Congressman Harold Ford, Jr. all appeared and spoke. But this year’s event was the most successful in party history in terms of net dollars raised.
The dinner featured Kentucky U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes as the keynote speaker, as well as the presentation of awards to several Tennessee Democrats.
The 2014 Governor Ned McWherter Legacy Award was given to House Democratic Leader Rep. Craig Fitzhugh (D-Ripley), for his leadership on a range of issues, among them supporting public education and fighting to raise the minimum wage and expand Medicaid.
The 2014 Political Courage Award was given to two recipients: one given posthumously to Cecil D. Branstetter, prominent civil rights advocate, former Democratic official and founder of the law firm Branstetter, Stranch and Jennings, PLLC; and one to Sen. Charlotte Burks (D-Monterey), longtime champion on women’s issues during her tenure in the state senate, including fighting to protect victims of domestic and sexual assault.