Over 500 Republicans Attend Broward Grand Old Party BBQ


On a hot and sunny south Florida afternoon where the weather held out until shortly after the event ended, Chairman Richard DeNapoli lived up to a campaign promise and his Eight Point Platform for the Broward Republican Party in staging yet another successful fundraiser.

Over 500 Republicans attended the inaugural Grand Old Party BBQ at the famed Bergeron ranch in far western Broward County.  Famed vocalist Lou Galterio met them with the National Anthem.

The “Country Afternoon” featured a keynote speaker in Congressman Allen West (FL-22), as well as Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, Florida House Representatives Matt Hudson and George Moraitis, Broward Sheriff Al Lamberti, and Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca.

Returning to the Grand Old Party BBQ from his appearance as Emcee at the Republican Party of Broward County – 2011 Lincoln Day Dinner was Highlands County Commissioner Don Elwell.  Standing tall above the crowd, Elwell held his Weiner jokes until the very end.

Making an appearance at the GOP barbecue was special guest Sharon Day, Co-Chair of the Republican National Committee.  She cheerfully thanked everyone for their support of the Grand Old Party.

In the race for the Republican nomination to unseat Bill Nelson (D-FL) in the United States Senate were Florida’s 34th United States Senator George Lemieux, State Senate President Mike Haridopolos, former House Majority Leader Adam Hasner and retired Army Colonel Mike McCallister.  Each spoke of the need to send Senator Nelson into retirement.

Former Davie Councilman and current mayoral candidate Mike Crowley was also in attendance.

Congressman West urged everyone in attendance to work hard so President Barack Obama could be sent “back to Chicago.”  The freshman Congressman gathered over 400 petition signatures to place his name on the ballot in 2012.

State CFO Jeff Atwater advised the crowd that Tallahassee does not need any more of their money thanks to the budget prowess of the Florida Legislature and Governor Rick Scott.

As the lone Republican on a panel of nine, County Commissioner Chip LaMarca urged the crowd to send him some Republican help on the commission.  LaMarca introduced Broward Sheriff Al Lamberti who is running for re-election in 2012.

A number of elected officials and candidates spoke with RED BROWARD, a conservative voice for the community.  Congressman West spoke on several issues including Weinergate and colleague Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who is now calling for Weiner to pull out and resign his New York congressional seat.

“It was my honor to chair the Grand Old Party BBQ,” says Sally Musser. “We had an amazing venue in the Bergeron Ranch, great speakers and a program that honored our elected officials for their public service.”

Prior to the barbeque, a VIP event was held in Alligator Ron’s Saloon that included elected officials and candidates for public office. “It was great to see so many influential politicians captivate a crowd,” said Richard DeNapoli, Chairman of the Broward Republican Party.

The barbecue followed a successful Lincoln Day Dinner that raised over $90,000 for the Broward Republican Party.  “The inaugural Grand Old Party barbeque was an overwhelming success,” says former Plantation Councilman and BREC Executive Director Rico Petrocelli.  “We saw many new faces today and I look forward to welcoming them into our party.”

For more information on the barbecue and the Broward Republican Party, please visit:www.browardgop.org.

Prominent Republicans Headline Broward Grand Old Party BBQ


Chairman Richard DeNapoli and the Republican Party of Broward County have planned a “Grand Old Party BBQ” this Saturday June 11th, 2011 at the famed Bergeron Ranch in western Broward County.

The “Country Afternoon” will feature visits by Congressman Allen West (FL-22), Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, Florida Senator Ellyn Bogdanoff, Florida House Representatives Matt Hudson, George Moraitis, and Jeanette Nunez, Broward Sheriff Al Lamberti, and Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca.

Returning to the Grand Old Party BBQ from his appearance as Emcee at the Republican Party of Broward County – 2011 Lincoln Day Dinner is Highlands County Commissioner Don Elwell.

In the race for the Republican nomination for the United States Senate to unseat Bill Nelson (D-FL) are Florida’s 34th United States Senator, George Lemieux, and Former House Majority Leader Adam Hasner.  They are confirmed in their appearances while State Senate President Mike Haridopolos is attempting to clear a scheduling conflict.

Prior to the barbeque, BREC Chairman Richard DeNapoli will host a VIP event that will include elected officials and candidates for public office. “The reception offers an opportunity to chat one-on-one with our elected officials,” says DeNapoli. “You’ll also have an opportunity to talk with some of the candidates who have filed to run for the U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, the Florida House and Senate, as well as Broward County offices.”  

The Broward Republican Executive Committee is expecting a record crowd for its inaugural Grand Old Party BBQ.  “It is my honor to chair the Grand Old Party BBQ,” says Sally Musser. “We have an amazing venue in the Bergeron Ranch, great speakers and a program that will honor and thank our elected officials.”

“I hope that you can join us on Saturday, June 11, 2011 because you won’t want to miss this event,” says former Plantation Councilman and BREC Executive Director Rico Petrocelli.

The RSVP only event will be held at the scenic Bergeron Ranch, located at 21111 SW 16th Street, Weston, Florida 33322.  The ranch will open for VIP admission at noon with general admission at 1pm.

Tickets for the VIP event (with photo opportunity) are $100.00 while general admission tickets are available at $35.00 each. Children 5-17 are $10.00 while those under 5 are free.  Admission includes the picnic, food (hot dogs, hamburgers, etc.), games, fun, and prizes.

For more information, call Executive Director Rico Petrocelli at (954) 941-7775 or go to http://www.browardgop.org.

Republican Party of Broward County – 2011 Lincoln Day Dinner


Celebrating the 202nd birthday of President Abraham Lincoln, the Broward Republican Executive Committee is expecting a record crowd for this year’s annual Lincoln Day Dinner being held Friday, March 4, 2011 at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina Hotel.  Doors will open for a VIP and general reception at 6pm with dinner and a program starting at 7:30pm.

Three featured speakers will headline an event honoring the Centennial Celebration of President Ronald Wilson Reagan – Governor Rick Scott (R-FL), Congressman Allen West (FL-22) and special guest Sharon Day, Co-Chair of the Republican National Committee.

Prior to the dinner, BREC Chairman Richard DeNapoli will host a VIP Reception that will include the featured speakers in addition to local elected officials and candidates for public office.  “The reception offers an opportunity to chat one-on-one with our keynote speakers,” says DeNapoli.  “You’ll also have an opportunity to talk with some of the candidates who have filed to run for the U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, the Florida House and Senate, as well as Broward County offices.”

The annual event will be held at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina Hotel, 1881 Southeast 17th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316.  

“It is my honor to be the 2011 Broward County Lincoln Day Chairman,” says Michael De Gruccio.  “We have a great venue, amazing speakers and a program that will honor President Ronald Reagan’s legacy and thank our elected officials.”

Tickets for the VIP reception (with photo opportunity) are $300.00 while general admission tickets are available at $150.00 each.  Numerous sponsorship opportunities are also available.  

“I hope that you can join us on Friday, March 4, 2011 because you won’t want to miss this event,” says former Plantation Councilman and BREC Executive Director Rico Petrocelli.  

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For more information, please call Rico Petrocelli at (954) 941-7775 or go to http://www.browardgop.org.
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The Broward Republican Executive Committee (BREC) is the governing body of the Republican Party of Broward County. Because counties are divided into precincts for purposes of elections and voting, the BREC membership is made up of one man and woman from each precinct, otherwise known as Precinct Committeeman and Precinct Committeewoman. The idea of a Precinct Committee member is that a person living within a precinct knows his/her neighbors, the issues that affect that community and is familiar with the area. In essence, the precinct committee member becomes the liaison between the county party and the voters in that precinct. The goal of a committee member is to be able to effectively mobilize Republican voters in that precinct, get out the vote, disseminate the Republican message, implement the strategy there, make sure neighbors and friends are registered, and in turn, be your community’s voice in the Republican Executive Committee.