There were 515 in attendance at fundraising dinner hosted by the Democratic Club of Sarasota and Longboat Key Democratic Club. The event was held on Sunday evening, October 7 at the Hyatt Regency in Sarasota.
Robert Gary, LBK Democratic Club Board member, introduced the featured speaker, Jill Wine-Banks, a prosecutor during the Watergate Scandal and a current legal analyst for MSNBC. As the Trump Administration chips away at the First Amendment and the core tenets of American democracy, Wine-Banks examined the abysmal state of a country divided by hatred, discrimination and “alternate facts”. She recounted exactly what happened at the Watergate burglaries, drawing parallels with current events. "Trumpgate", as she calls it, is worse than Watergate because it involves a foreign hostile power meddling in our elections. Wine-Banks made the point not to call it the Mueller investigation but to call it "Trumpgate".
We also heard remarks from Chris King candidate for Florida Lieutenant Governor and David Shapiro, who is running for House seat against Vern Buchanan. Liz Alpert, current Mayor of Sarasota, gave a welcoming speech. JoAnne DeVries, Chair of the Sarasota Democratic Party introduced the four field organizers of the Florida Democratic Party, and Kindra Munz, spoke about the Sarasota Alliance for Fair Elections.
Many of the Democratic candidates for national and local positions where in attendance including Tracy Pratt, Florida House,District 71, Faith Olivia Babis, Florida Senate District 23, Russ Battiata, Sarasota Memorial Hospital Board, Wesley Beggs, Sarasota County Commission District 4, and Ruta Maria Jouniari, County Commission District 2.
On the night before Jill Wine-Banks' speech the LBK Democratic Club presented her with a One of a Kind Pin as a gift from all of us and Pin designer Susie Silver Fink for all of Jill's hard work for our cause and for supporting Democratic values. Shown below is an image of the One of a Kind Pin, Jill with Susie Silver Fink, a senior local jewelry designer and artist, Jill with LBK Democratic Club VP, Arlene Skversky and Robert and Karen Gary with Mr. and Mrs. Wine-Banks. Susie Silver Fink designs One of a Kind pins from her home studio. Her work has sold in museums from New York, Michigan, and the Ringling Museum in Sarasota.