Woah - it's hot out there!! Come on outta the heat tonight and join GAIN for some cold frosty beer!
Then come on out to join us tonight from 6 - 8pm at Public Bar for our Young Professional Beer Tasting Event!
Details can be found here -- registration is now closed but you can buy a ticket at the door. Your $50 ticket buys you 4 beers and access to network with a bunch of fabulous DC young professionals! AND you get to support Democratic GAIN and the work we do for YOU!
We'll keep trying to bring more events like these to fruition, but we can only do it with on-the-ground help. If you 'd like see a Political Networking Happy Hour in your city, please check out our Networking Event Toolkit and make it happen!
In addition, expect folks from the offices of local public officials, labor organizations, advocacy groups and other progressive political types.
Come out for a fun evening to meet political professionals from Portland and around Oregon. Who knows, you just might meet your next co-worker or colleague. At a minimum, you’ll make some great new friends!
Tom Eisenhauer sends in this update from Thursday's event Los Angeles:
About 100 people enjoyed the food - Cole's says they're the "originators of the French Dip" - and the chance to mix and mingle with a diverse crowd that included progressive advocates, campaigns, consultants and government officials. The diversity of the crowd was apparent, and folks got to meet other progressives - from interns to officeholders - whom they wouldn't have seen anywhere else. (If I'd remembered to take a photo, you could see what I mean.)
Special thanks to our long list of hosts (see below) who made this event possible - and in particular to Sarah Leonard and Ellie Wallace of the Glover Park Group, who did the heavy lifting to make this event such a success.
Well, all I have to say is I'm glad I flew down! Austin, one of my favorite cities, played host last Thursday to one heckofa party. The Political Networking Happy Hour was filled to capacity - almost to the point where the bar was nervous that the fire marshals might come and break up the festivities. Fortunately for all, that did not happen and attendees were free to chat, laugh and network. From Jim Hightower to Kinky Friedman, from Rep. Mark Strama to the newest members of the political profession, the Democratic GAIN Networking Happy Hour was THE place to be!
I'd like to thank our huge list of hosts, who not only helped cover the food costs but who got the word out so successfully. The full list is at the bottom of this post.
I'd especially like to give a great big shout out to Beth Hernandez, Jenn Char, Rob Henson, Drew Dupuy and the Texas Democratic Party for going above and beyond to not only make this event happen, but make it such a huge success!
I heard all night how pleased everyone was with the diversity and range of the attendees. It wasn't just the "same old crowd" and everyone really felt they were able to meet a lot of great folks they wouldn't have been able to connect with anywhere else.
Again, thank you to everyone who both attended and helped. Let me know if you're up for another one - I certainly don't need my arm twisted!
The list of hosts to whom Democratic GAIN is grateful:
Question: What does 5 days notice + 8 great organizations + 1 rainy Sunday afternoon equal? Answer: A fantastic Political Networking Happy Hour in NYC!
The Political Networking Happy Hour this past Sunday in NYC was such a success that I forgot to take pictures I was talking so much!
Democratic GAIN would like to thank our co-sponsors: DL21C, the NY Chapter of Drinking Liberally, the Eleanor Roosevelt Legacy Committee, the New York State Young Democrats, the Manhattan Young Democrats, the New York Democratic Lawyers Council and Latina PAC for all their hard work in putting together this great event.
We had over 150 political professionals join us along with representatives from Rep. Rangel, Rep. Weiner, Rep. Maloney and Rep. Nadler’s offices, folks from the NY State Party (including the State Chair, June O’Neill), the Democratic State Senate Majority office, candidates for City Council, State Comptroller and more!
I hope everyone who joined us had as much fun as I did!
We are hoping to do another one soon, so keep checking the calendar.
Posted By Darcy Anton,
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Updated: Thursday, February 12, 2009
On Tuesday, February 10th, Democratic GAIN teamed up with America Votes Colorado, the Tyson Organization, and Dr. Angie Paccione to host another political networking Happy Hour in Denver, CO at the Red Room Restaurant.
The event turned out to be a huge hit (as well as the 2 for 1 Happy Hour specials!) Representatives from Congressman Perlmutter and Congresswoman DeGette's offices were mingling around with the 80-90 guests, which included representatives from the ACLU, Work for Progress, Democracia USA, the Colorado Democratic Party, ACORN, Media Matters, the Sierra Club, local unions, progressive advocacy organizations, consulting firms, and campaign workers.
There was no shortage of business card exchanging and connection-making, or talk about Colorado's exciting 2010 election cycle, including the Gubernatorial and Senate elections.
Democratic GAIN would like to extend a special 'Thank You!' to America Votes Colorado, Gerry Tyson and the Tyson Organization, Dr. Angie Paccione, and the Red Room for their help in this wonderful event. Also huge thanks go out to Adam Dunstone without whom we could not have done this!
Be sure to check back for upcoming events near you!