She’ll be speaking at a fundraiser for the Exceptional Foundation in Point Clear, Alabama on May 3rd:
The foundation is being established to help special needs children and adults in Baldwin County, Bob Callahan Sr., foundation board president, said. Palin, whose son Trig was born with Down syndrome, agreed to speak after being contacted, he said.
“This is something that is near and dear to her heart —children and adults with special needs — and that’s what brought her down here,” Callahan said. “We were thrilled. This is something that is really awesome.”
Work began in 2010 to start the foundation in Baldwin County. Organizers are working with the Exceptional Foundation established in Birmingham, which serves about 400 people and their families.
When efforts began to raise money for a building, staffing, activities and other needs, supporters decided to approach Palin about speaking, Craig Dahle, Callahan’s son-in-law and another of the group’s organizers, said.
“She was the logical person to kick start this with her background,” Dahle, who has a 19-year-old son with Down syndrome, said.
Callahan, who helped organize efforts that brought former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to speak on the Eastern Shore in 1998 and 2001, said he asked for assistance from people who had helped with previous Palin visits to other areas of the state. After being passed along to several groups, he was able to set up the visit.
Callahan said organizers are still working out the price of tickets and other details for the dinner. The event will be held in the grand ballroom of the Point Clear hotel and about 600 seats should be available.
Gang, once again I wouldn’t jump to any conclusions. She’ll actually be in the vicinity of both as she has another speaking engagement on May 1st. This event does not conflict with either the May 2nd or May 5th debate. You can learn more about the organization holding the fundraiser and how you can attend the event here.