The Sangamon County Republican Party held another successful Lincoln Day Dinner on April 19. Nearly 900 people attended at the Bank of Springfield Center to visit with friends and hear this year’s keynoter, Charlie Kirk. At 28 years old, Charlie Kirk is a young conservative who inspires his generation to see the wisdom of limited government and to believe in the freedom of opportunity offered to the citizens of this great country.
The evening’s festivities were led by Republican County Chair Dianne Barghouti-Hardwick, Event Chair John Milhiser, former Sangamon County State’s Attorney & candidate for Illinois Secretary of State, and Event Co-Chair Paul Palazzolo, Sangamon County Circuit Clerk. The Sangamon County Republican Women’s Club also presented $1,000 scholarships to three young ladies graduating from local high schools. They each read their essays to the crowd explaining why they believe in the principles of the Republican Party for success in their futures.
For over a century, the Sangamon County Republican Party has been celebrating everybody’s favorite United States President with its annual Lincoln Day Event. The purpose of the gathering is to honor the service legacy of a Sangamon County resident who nobly led our country during a tumultuous time. Since Abraham Lincoln was the first Republican U.S. President, the dinner also serves as a fund raiser for local GOP activities and good government initiatives.
Previous keynote speakers at the event have included George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Dr. Ben Carson, Judge Jeanine Pirro, Candace Owens, Michael Reagan and Karl Rove.