The last few months have seen a whirlwind of campaign fundraisers for Millennials. Getting the youth vote, as well as acquiring new, young donors is a process that Secretary Clinton’s campaign has facilitated heavily. It’s a blast to feel part of a political campaign, especially as the political climate is so inherently toxic right now– standing up for what I believe in feels particularly empowering. In that sense, I must toast the multitude of interesting, engaging fundraising events I’ve attended. for45 recruits politically relevant speakers and hosts, and pairs them with a fun venue, to make for a great, rallying experience.
This past weekend, I travelled to my cousin’s in D.C. to attend a Tim Kaine event. The four hour drive was far from a deterrent, as I love a good car ride, and I was really fascinated to hear Senator Kaine speak. First things first, for45 events provide fabulous opportunities to network with politically inclined young professionals. Second, the starting ticket price is $45 (clever). And third, these speakers are no joke. I have seen Chelsea, Secretary Clinton and Senator Kaine! Coming up, Amy Poehler is hosting a comedy night in Manhattan.
Senator Kaine spoke briefly, after a wonderful introduction from his very accomplished wife. I was incredibly disappointed when an audience member shouted, “Let Tim speak!”, as Virginia’s Secretary of Education, and Kaine’s wife, Anne Holton said a few words. It seemed so antithetical to everything that the Clinton campaign is about…Definitely some food for thought, and something to chew on for fellow Liberals. How disappointing.
Still, I love the fact that in targeting Millennials, the hosts actually value and choose hip venues. This weekend’s event was at Town Danceboutique, a popular D.C. gay club, and I couldn’t get enough of D.J. Cassidy (our emcee). My favorite quote of the night? D.J. Cassidy shouting, “Tim Kaine will funk you up!” to the tune of “Uptown Funk”. After the event, we hit up Takoda Restaurant and Beer Garden– a southern-inspired eating establishment that I’d absolutely recommend to D.C. visitors.