Blue Wave? NO! Blue Tsunami!!!

What a night! It was terrific to see Democrats having a great time laughing, dancing and enjoying the evening.

Perry Berkowitz and Debra Kaplan at the 2018 Blue Gala

Perry Berkowitz and Debra Kaplan

Several 2018 candidates attended the gala including
Nancy Soderburg for U.S. Congressional Representative District 6
Stephen Sevigny, MD forU.S. Congressional Representative District 6
Debra Kaplan for Florida State Representative House Seat 31
Dana Cotrell for U.S. Congressional Representative District 11
David Walker for Florida Commissioner of Agriculture
Perry Berkowitz for Lake County School Board District 1 Facebook Page
Bob Doyel for Florida State Senate District 22
Mike Sykes for Lake County School Board District 1 Facebook Page 

The 2018 Blue Gala would not have been possible without Rose Fitzpatrick the Event Coordinator and her team:
Connie Albright
Bill Boyer
Diane Carlin
Jane Hepting
Nancy Hurlburt
Patty Jackson
Lillian Lockette
Janet Manchon
Marianne Snyder
Pat Spear
Bill Wallace
Kathy Weaver
Kathy Williamson
Greg Wilhelm
We would also like to thank the staff at Lake Receptions for helping to make this a very special night.


Master of Ceremonies- Choice Edwards

Choice Edwards as our Master of Ceremonies used his humor and his passion to keep us on track.
Thanks for all your help, Choice!


Featured Speaker-Judy Mount, Vice-Chair of the Florida Democratic Party

Our featured speaker, Judy Mount, Vice-Chair of the Florida Democratic Party lit up the room with her beautiful smile and passionate determination to energize Democrats to bring the Blue Tsunami to Lake County! She did not hold back when she explained how vital even our smallest efforts are to making sure that Democrats fill as many seats at every level of government. Judy’s words were inspiring, honest and motivating. 

Kathy Weaver- 2018 Claude Pepper Award Winner

Kathy Weaver- 2018 Claude Pepper Award Winner


This year’s recipient of our Annual Claude Pepper award was Kathy Weaver. 

Kathy embodies the values that guided Claude Pepper throughout his life of service to others. Prior to his passing in 1989, Claude Pepper worked diligently to improve the lives of others. He was honored by Geroge S.W. Bush with the Presidential Medal, he served as a Florida Representative, a Florida Senator and as U.S.Congressional Representative. Not unlike Claude Pepper, Kathy also lives a life of advocacy through her caring for others, her intelligence and her passionate support of the Democratic Party. Congratulations, Kathy!



Thank you, Alan Darcy, for the terrific entertainment!

A big thank you to Alan Darcy who’s impressive saxophone playing entertained throughout the night. Later in the evening, his energy got everyone up dancing! 

Thank you to all the area businesses, and sponsors that made the 2018 Blue Gala possible. It is your dedication and support that allows us to shine!


OK, Democrats let’s get to work!

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