NCDP Changes Date of JJ Dinner to May 2

The North Carolina Democratic Party has changed the date and venue of the annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner to May 2.

It will be held at the J.S. Dorton Arena, located on the NC State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Road.

The changes were made to accommodate the growing interest and enthusiasm among Democrats surrounding the upcoming presidential primary on May 6.

“With our State playing a critical role in the Presidential nominating process, this year’s dinner promises to be one you won’t want to miss,” said NCDP Chair Jerry Meek.

Senators Clinton and Obama have been invited to come. Keynote speakers to be announced.

A reception will kick off this year’s event at 5:30 p.m. with dinner following at 7 p.m.

The North Carolina Democratic Party has changed the date and venue of the annual JJ Dinner to May 2.

It will be held at the J.S. Dorton Arena, located on the NC State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Road.

The changes were made to accommodate the growing interest and enthusiasm among Democrats surrounding the upcoming presidential primary on May 6.

“With our State playing a critical role in the Presidential nominating process, this year’s dinner promises to be one you won’t want to miss,” said NCDP Chair Jerry Meek.

Senators Clinton and Obama have been invited to come. Keynote speakers to be announced.

A reception will kick off this year’s event at 5:30 p.m. with dinner following at 7 p.m.

Ticket prices are as follows:

  • $250 for reception and dinner
  • $125 per person for dinner
  • $25 theater seating, dinner not included

Table prices are as follows:

  • Chair’s Club: $4,000
  • Jefferson Club: $2,500
  • Jackson Club: $1,500
  • Democratic Club: $1,250

Theater seating is $25 and tickets are available online only. Dinner is not included with theater seating. However, concession stands will be open.

Tickets are available at www.ncdp.org.

RSVP to Sallie Leslie at jjinfo@ncdp.org or by calling (919) 821-2777 x206.

To purchase a table, please contact John Gardner at jgardner@ncdp.org or by calling (919) 821-2777 x202.

Beginning April 21, tickets may be picked up at the North Carolina Democratic Party Headquarters, 220 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh.

Comments

Holy crap that's expensive.

One of the pitfalls of childhood is that one doesn't have to understand something to feel it. - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

You got that straight, pardner.

Is there somewhere a person could apply for a scholorship or something?

North Carolina. Turning the South Blue!

North Carolina. Turning the South Blue!

Poor people/students/parents need not apply.

To the balcony with you!!!

One of the pitfalls of childhood is that one doesn't have to understand something to feel it. - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

precisely!

with the telephoto lens!

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

yeah you especially

To the balcony with you!

yeah you especially

I'm going to set up a whole special free speech zone for you Robert.

>:(

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volunteering at JJ

JJ is accessible to everyone, but we all have to give something. The NCDP has a limited number of work-trade positions (aka volunteer jobs) the day of JJ. These heart-of-our-Party volunteers will be able to sit in the arena seating once their shift is up. If you are interest in work-trade, ie volunteering for JJ, please contact Kristen at kward@ncdp.org. We can’t take everyone, so please let her know soon if you’re interested.

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Well someone has to pay the light bill

JJ and VA are the 2 major fundraisers that fund the state democratic party. Would you rather they take corporate donations?
Most of that $250.00 goes to running the party. It has to be paid for someway.

Actually, HLW

I just wish that I could afford those kinds of donations on a regular basis. I'd do it if I could.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

Who's disagreeing with you?

Why not have it in a school gymnasium and serve hot dogs and hamburgers and allow folks to pay $50 to get in? I'm sure the people who give $250 are STILL going to give $250.

I heart the NCDP, but that doesn't mean I can't complain about things I don't like.

One of the pitfalls of childhood is that one doesn't have to understand something to feel it. - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

You can pay $25 to get in!!!

It only costs $25 to get it. And there will literally be hot dogs.

Theater seating is $25 and tickets are available online only. Dinner is not included with theater seating. However, concession stands will be open.

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There literally will be hot dogs?

Concession stands and theater seating? JJ at the Dorton Arena?

Dorton Arena??? That's where I go to the Exotic Pet Show and eat cotton candy next to a guy with a plastic bin full of snakes, not to pay $250 a plate... The acoustics there are terrible, and the atmosphere is...well, you know how it is.

I'm a student, and I know several other students or young professionals who usually attend annually. It's nice to feel like a VIP for a night, have an opportunity to network in a smaller setting and actually be able to hear the keynote speaker. It's an investment in the party, but it's also a professional development opportunity for a lot of young people.

If you want to have a rally for the masses, then have one. If you want to have a fancy exclusive high-dollar dinner, then have one. But I think trying to combine them in to one event is just tacky.

I give up

There is a story about a miller and his son who were driving their donkey to market. They had not gone far when some girls saw them and broke out laughing. "Look!" they cried. "Look at those fools! How silly they are to be trudging along on foot when the donkey might be carrying one of them on his back."

This seemed to make sense, so the father lifted his son onto the donkey and walked along contentedly by his side. They trod on for a while until they met an old man who spoke to the son scornfully. "You should be ashamed of yourself, you lazy rascal. What do you mean by riding when your poor old father has to walk? It shows that no one respects age anymore. The least you can do is get down and let your father rest his old bones." Red faced with shame, the son got down and made his father get onto the donkey's back.

They had gone only a little further when they met a group of young fellows who mocked them. "What a cruel old man!" jeered one of the fellows. "There he sits, selfish and comfortable, while the poor boy has to stumble along the dusty road to keep up with him."

So the father lifted his son up, and the two of them rode along. However, before they reached the market, a townsman stopped them. "Have you no feeling for dumb creatures?" he shouted. "The way you load that little animal is a crime. You two men are better able to carry the poor little beast than he you!"

Wanting to do the right thing, the miller and his son got off the donkey, tied his legs together, slung him on a pole, and carried him on their shoulders. When people saw this spectacle, they laughed so loudly that the donkey was frightened. The animal kicked through the cords that bound him, fell off the pole into the river and drowned.

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You've done an admirable job in an untenable position.

You can no more please everyone in this than, well, carry a donkey across a river. It's not a perfect world, and I'm sure that when the original plans for this event were being made, no one expected to have the opportunity to have not one but two Presidential candidates possibly show up for the evening.

I am grateful to NCDP for being flexible and trying to please everyone. I'm grateful for the opportunity to attend. I never thought that JJ would be within my reach.

Jerimee, you're a gentleman and a diplomat. Don't cast any more pearls down before us swine. Tell us to like it or lump it, and be done with it. There's just no pleasing some people.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

No other building large enought

I know that Raleigh has raised the Civic Center downtown and is building another.
That being said there is no other building with the floor space that I know of,to hold this event.
There is no question that Dorton Arena would not be the first choice for an event like this,but it is all there is.
Due to NC being finally relevent in the primary process, this will be the largest JJ ever.
And hell,the way it is going, this primary could be a three ring curcus anyway.

Get Jerry a top hat and cane. He can open the event "Ladies and gentleman, children of all ages"

I think it is a good move.Students and others that would love to see what is going on but could never go because of the price, will be able to go and be apart of it.

It is all relative. It is like the worst seat at the ACC tournament. Even if it is the worst seat in the house,don't tell me you wouldn't go.

Donkey imagery intentional?

Donkey imagery intentional? :)

I'll be there.

I'm in for dinner. Just paid and RSVP'd.

This sounds wonderful! I wish I could go!

I would gather a bunch of my friends and see if we couldn't get tickets all together in theater seating. We wouldn't have to remember which fork to use or worry about dripping sauce on expensive duds. We could probably get away with a little more chatter that we could at a table too. Forget concessions....my friends and I would have a huge BlueNC tailgate party.....if I could go.

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Oh....and my friends and I

would most certainly refrain from throwing food at Gregflynn sitting at a fancy table. :D

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Make my day

By all means throw food. As one of the three vegetarians who show up for group dinners I'm usually shorted by the assumption that everyone is going to eat the same thing. I'd even wear a tux if it made me a better target.

Easy target

I'll make it easier to acquire the target. I'll wear one of these illuminated hats.

Check out the date on this patent.

That is a most excellent hat.

If you wear a hat like that, I promise to toss all kinds of veggie goodies your way.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

How many can a table seat?

BlueNCers could get together and chip in for one couldn't they?

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Progressive Discussions

It really depends on how many the table seats.

It's a great idea, though.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

You beat me to it.

I think it's a good idea. We can let Jerimee know who pays his salary ;-)

Some of my friends got together and started a blog about technology and change. IT is pretty good.

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

I'm in for the BlueNC table

or one of them?

aw, c'mon, Sam.

Be nice. Jerimee's job makes life easier for anyone running a campaign or a county party. One of the best hires NCDP made, IMO. (and no, I don't need anything, either, Jerimee.)

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

That is being nice!

That's what the smiley is for.

Some of my friends got together and started a blog about technology and change. IT is pretty good.

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

Oh, sorry.

My bad. I missed the smiley.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

I'm in for theater seating

for the evening JJ to-do, but I'm gonna try and go the the DWNC JJ breakfast. I hear that's always a good time.

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."