Hundreds of people were enthused and entertained during the annual Lincoln Day Dinner in Yakima on Saturday held at the Yakima Convention Center. The event, sponsored by the Yakima County Republican Party, is held every year as a big fundraiser and a time to gather local conservatives in one place.

Yakima County Republican Party Chair Matthew Brown, who is also a member of the Yakima City Council, says it was one of the largest crowds ever, with 901 people. Many were there to listen to the national talk show host and podcaster Charlie Kirk, but they also heard from Washington State gubernatorial candidate Semi Bird.


Kirk is a political activist and founder of Turning Point USA, an organization dedicated to educating and empowering young people to promote conservative values. His daily radio show can be heard on KIT from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Brown says the party raised upwards of $120,000 through its fundraising efforts during the evening, including a 'raise the paddle' event, and an area where people could bid on a wine wall.


Every year, local Republican party officials say the Lincoln Day Dinner "is an opportunity to celebrate the legacy of Abraham Lincoln, one of America’s greatest presidents, and to reflect on the timeless principles of freedom, liberty, and the republic that he championed." Brown says the event is "also a chance to connect with fellow conservatives and hear from Charlie Kirk, one of the most influential voices in the conservative movement today." Brown says the Yakima County Republican Party will soon start working on next year's event.

If you want to get involved, check the website here.

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