The 108th Annual Ada County Lincoln Day Banquet was held recently at the Boise Center.  The night was filled with laughter, information, and a Pulitzer Prize Winner.The Ada County Lincoln Day Banquet is the oldest Lincoln Day event West of the Mississippi.  Over 600 people attended this year to celebrate the president saved the Union.


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Senator Jim Risch and Senator Mike Crapo were at the event.  Congressman Mike Simpson and Congressman Russ Fulcher were there representing Idaho's entire Congressional Delegation.  Governor Brad Little and Lieutenant Governor Janice McGeachin represented the state delegation.  Several constitutional officers, plus state senators and representatives, had a festive time at this historical event.

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Governor Little and Ada County Lincoln Day Association President Ann Bechen presented the Lincoln Leadership Award to Senator Risch.  The award honored the senator's continued leadership in the senate and back home in the Gem State.  Here's how the Association describes the recipient of the award: The award winner exemplifies President Lincoln's steady leadership and resolve to ensure that a "government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."

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Every year the Association gives back to local charitable groups by 'passing the hat.'  This year almost three thousand dollars was raised benefiting the Brave Hearts Idaho organization.  The group is dedicated to helping returning veterans with their bills or emergency situations.

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Pulitzer Prize Winner Dorris Kearns Goodwin entertained the crowd by relaying her years of researching and writing about President Lincoln.  She had fun joking with the audience about her love of the Boston Red Sox.

Feeling left out?  Well, click this link for info on the 109th Lincoln Day Dinner here.

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