Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Head of Democratic National Convention, Utah Dems to honor Sen. Karen Hale

SALT LAKE CITY – The Rev. Leah Daughtry, CEO of the 2008 Democratic Convention, will speak at a Democratic event on Oct. 26 honoring former state Sen. Karen Hale.

The annual Eleanor Roosevelt Award Luncheon celebrates the person who best personifies the ideals of Eleanor Roosevelt, who worked tirelessly throughout her life - as a Democrat, first lady and spokesperson for the United Nations – on behalf of the underprivileged.

“The award luncheon promises to be inspiring, entertaining and informative. It promises to be a perfect opportunity for the community to recognize Karen Hale’s on-going contribution,” said Robyn Matheson, chair of the event. “She embodies many of the qualities of Eleanor Roosevelt and serves our community and the Democratic Party with exceptional dedication and commitment.”

Background, Rev. Daughtry

Rev. Daughtry was recently appointed CEO of the 2008 Democratic National Convention Committee. She had been chief of staff of the Democratic National Committee, in charge of managing day-to-day strategy and operations as well as the party’s faith outreach program.

Among her many accomplishments, Daughtry served at the U.S. Department of Labor as assistant secretary for administration and management during the Clinton Administration. In that capacity, she oversaw the development of the department's management programs and policies, including responsibility for the department's $35 billion budget.

In addition, Rev. Daughtry is pastor of The House of the Lord Church in Washington, D.C., a member of the Board of Visitors of The Rockefeller Center at Dartmouth College, as well as the Boards of Directors of The House of the Lord Churches, and The Randolph Evans Memorial Scholarship Fund. She has previously served on the Board of Directors of the National AIDS Action Council.

Background, Sen. Hale

Karen Hale has demonstrated her dedication to public service and the Democratic Party in countless ways. She served with distinction in the Legislature, quickly becoming a champion for education and social services. Widely admired and well-liked on both sides of the aisle, Karen was a leader on many issues. She became a prominent voice on legislation addressing seatbelt safety, hate crimes, and political ethics reform. In addition, she has served on many legislative committees, task forces and commissions.

Sen. Hale brought a voice of reason and compassion to issues ranging from transportation to urban trails to healthcare reform to the arts. Her mentoring of and raising funds on behalf of numerous candidates—and recruitment of enthusiastic youth to help them—continues to make a difference in Utah’s political landscape.

Event details

When: Friday, Oct. 26, 2007; 11 a.m. (private reception), 12 noon (luncheon and program)

Where: Sheraton City Centre Hotel, 150 W. 500 South, Salt Lake City

How much: $75 per person, $750 table host (10 tickets)

For tickets: (801) 328-1212, ext. 205

The luncheon will be open to the media and Rev. Daughtry will be available for interviews.

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1 comment:

Bill Hansen said...

It's good to see them honor Senator Karen Hale. She's done so much for our state.

Thank You Karen!!