YAKIMA - In this time of negativity with wars, unsustainable debt and dissension, the Yakima County Republicans are offering an uplifting evening by presenting A Musical Tribute to America at its annual banquet on Friday, April 29, at 6 p.m.
The musical tribute will detail the nation's history through word and song. The hope is to look to the past to remember what made America great and by doing so, renew the commitment to a strong future.
A Musical Tribute to America is an original script written by Dr. Mathew Manweller, professor of political science at Central Washington University. Manweller will also serve as the emcee for the evening, as well as read the script tracing the country's history from 1776 to the present.
Vocalists from around the Yakima Valley have been recruited to perform songs from the nation's musical heritage.
Featured speakers at the event will include U.S. Congressman Doc Hastings, chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources, and Fredi Simpson, national committeewoman for the Republican state party.
Another highlight of the evening will be the appearance of former U.S. senatorial candidate Dr. Sean Salazar, who has recently written a book, The Babylon Prophesy. He will be on hand to sell and autograph his new book.
The event will be held at the Clarion Hotel, located at 1507 N. First Street, in Yakima. The event begins at 6 p.m., with dinner being served at 6:30 p.m.
The cost to attend is $40 per person. Additional information can be obtained by calling Rita Hanses at 509-972-0038, or Norma Joiner at 509-673-2055.
To purchase tickets send a check payable to the Yakima County Republican Central Committee, P.O. Box 1583, Yakima, WA. 98907.
The evening also includes a raffle with a grand price of $1,000. Raffle tickets are available for $5 each.
"Come and enjoy an exciting evening of unique entertainment plus get an insider's view on what's happening behind the headlines at our nation's capitol," said Max Golladay, county chairman.