2018 Ann Richards Dinner with Special Guest, Bakari Sellers

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2018 Ann Richards Dinner

Thursday, April 12, 2018 7:00 PM

Plano Event Center, Plano, Texas

The Collin County Democratic Party's Annual Ann Richards Dinner honors the legacy of Governor Ann Richards, a strong and fearless Texas Democrat.  Join us Thursday, April 12, for an inspirational night!


Event Timeline:

6:00 - 7:30 PM - Sponsors Only VIP Reception

7:00 - 7:30 PM - Dinner Begins

7:30 PM - Program Begins

Keynote Speaker

This year, we are proud to welcome our keynote speaker, Bakari Sellers - CNN Political Analyst, Lawyer & Activist.

Bakari Sellers made history in 2006 when, at just 22 years old, he defeated a 26-year incumbent State Representative to become the youngest member of the South Carolina state legislature and the youngest African American elected official in the nation. In 2014, he was the Democratic Nominee for Lt. Governor in the state of South Carolina.

Sellers has followed in the footsteps of his father, civil rights leader Clevelend Sellers, in his tireless commitment to service taking championing progressive policies to address issues ranging from education and poverty to preventing domestic violence and childhood obesity.

Sellers is widely considered to be a rising star within the Democratic Party and a leading voice for his generation.

He has served as a featured speaker at events for the National Education Association, College Democrats of America National Convention, the 2008 Democratic National Convention and, in 2007, delivered the opening keynote address to the AIPAC Policy Conference, an organization for which he currently serves on the National Council.

Sponsorship Levels

Benefactor ($10,000): 8 Dinner Tickets (full table), 8 VIP Reception Tickets, 16 Drink Tickets and Full-Page Program Advertisement.

Underwriter ($5,000): 8 Dinner Tickets, 8 VIP Reception Tickets, 8 Drink Tickets, Full- Page Program Advertisement

Platinum ($2,500): 8 Dinner Tickets, 8 VIP Reception Tickets, Half-Page Program Advertisement

Gold ($1,000): 4 Dinner Tickets, 4 VIP Reception Tickets, Quarter Page Program Advertisement

Silver ($500): 2 Dinner Tickets, 2 VIP Reception Tickets, Listing in Program

Thank You to Our Sponsors


Bruce and Elaine Culver
Craig and Kathryn Hall
Judge Ken Molberg for Justice, 5th District Court of Appeals
Mark Phariss, Senate District 8
Women Organizing Women (WOW) Democrats


Diane and Bill Bolak
Robin and John Caldwell
Sharon Hirsch for Texas House District 66
Laura Kayata - metro-graphix (In-Kind)
Manu and Jagreet Lail
Rod and Karen Miller
UAW Southwestern States Cap Council
Judge Steven Kirkland for Texas Supreme Court, Place 2
Judge R.K. Sandill for Texas Supreme Court, Place 4
Kathy Cheng for Texas Supreme Court, Place 6
Judge Maria Jackson for Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, Presiding Judge


Rebecca Arredondo
David Azad for County Commissioner, Pct. 3
Leigh Bailey
Lou Ann and Jeff Bode
Ron and Sharmila Bose
Lorie Burch for Congress
David Chevalier for County Clerk
Phillip and Eileen Disraeli
Tanner Do for County Commissioner, Pct. 2
Hamilton/Wingo LLP
Melissa Hewson
Sam Johnson for Congress
Kathleen D. Kennedy
Jeanie Lemons
Julie Luton for Texas House District 70
Tom Metcalf
Rob and Janet Miller
Nancy and Robert Myers
JC Puckett
Mike Rawlins
Barb Walters
K.D. Warach for Frisco City Council
Juley and Lee Welch
Caroline Werner