By: Yvette Mendoza
On April 30th, LEAP Ambassadors volunteered and attended the annual Reagan Dinner, the annual fundraising event for the Walker County Republican Dinner. This year’s keynote speaker was Col. Allen West, with numerous other notable officials also taking the stage, all of whom helped make this a fun, informative, and successful event.
As we arrived at the Huntsville Fairgrounds, we were greeted by the host and Chair of the Walker County Republican Party, Linda McKenzie.
The LEAP Ambassadors were assigned certain tasks a few hours beforehand to help prepare for the event. We made sure all the tables were properly configured for the formal dinner. As the event time drew closer, we helped sign each guest and sponsor in. Through this process we got to meet many politicians and local citizens of Huntsville.
Once everyone was seated, we took a seat at a table that was sponsored by U.S. Congressman Kevin Brady, who was gracious enough to sponsor seats for students. Mrs. McKenzie then gave her opening remarks and introduced judges, council members, and many other important people. She was followed by District Attorney Will Durham, who led us in the pledge of allegiance. Then all 300 people were served savory ribeye steaks, mashed potatoes, bread rolls, and homemade cheesecake, all catered by the local Huntsville restaurant, Humphreys. While we ate dinner, Mrs. McKenzie ably emceed the program.
Speakers such as County Judge Danny Pierce…
Representative Ernest Bailes…
…and Congress Kevin Brady…
… updated attendees about happenings in the County, the state legislature, and the US Congress.
Our keynote speaker, Lieutenant Colonel Allen West, had a motivational speech that touched on an array of topics about conservatism. He specifically spoke on the importance of voting in local government races, emphasizing the impact young people will have on the future of our country.
Lastly, Colonel West gave us the opportunity to ask questions. One gentleman asked, “Will you be running for President?” He responded that he will be following the path of God wherever that may lead him. After Colonel West was done answering questions, he was kind enough to take a picture with the LEAP Ambassadors.
As the event came to an end, LEAP Ambassadors helped with the clean-up process. We would like to thank Linda McKenzie for the opportunity to help out with such an exciting event.