It used to be called the Lincoln Day dinner, but about three years ago the Sheridan Republican party changed the name to the Reagan Day dinner. Saturday night at the Holiday Inn, Sheridan Republicans gathered for their version of the event. Organizer Russ Hart explains why the change in name.
Most counties in the state hold either Lincoln Day or Reagan Day dinners. For Sheridan County, Saturday evening's event is their major fundraiser of the year. Attendees to the dinner enjoyed the music of Celtic Sage and a buffet dinner before viewing a video highlighting President Reagan's life and legacy.
The big draw this year was to be Liz Cheney speaking in person to the crowd, but she recorded a video speech from Virginia because she's helping her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, write his memoirs. Then, Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis was to speak in person, but she had to stay in Washington D.C. to vote on the Health Care bill. She, too, sent a video message.
Coming in at the Eleventh Hour, Wyoming Secretary of State Max Maxfield saved the day, serving as Keynote Speaker.
Following Maxfield's good-humored speech, longtime Sheridan Republican Party leaders, Bill and Carol Perkins, were presented with the "Better World" award, for their years of service to the Party.
As well as holding Saturday's Reagan Day Dinner, Sheridan will be the host of the Wyoming Republican Party State Convention on Friday, April 30th and Saturday, May 1st.