More than 800 Conservatives Celebrate Independence Day at the 40th Annual Soiree

July 13, 2011 | By Noelle Huffman and Lauren Hart

This Independence Day more than 800 conservatives joined many sponsoring organizations to celebrate freedom, family, friends, faith, and good food at the 40th National Conservative Fourth of July Soiree.

Guests enjoyed an array of homemade desserts and barbeque as well as good conversation with current and future political leaders, such as Virginia’s Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.

While adults listened to speakers and competed in the National Conservative Fourth of July Soiree Quiz, children enjoying a variety of activities at the Kid’s Tent.  Children got the thrill of playing with goats and chickens at the petting zoo, jumping on the giant moon bounce, having their face painted, participating in field games as well as arts & crafts, and licking snow cones and munching on popcorn.

Morton Blackwell, president of the Leadership Institute, welcomed many local candidates to share their ideas on preserving our country’s principles, while offering voters the opportunity to connect with their prospective political leaders.  Speakers ranged from those running for U.S. Senate and House positions, to those pursuing state senate and delegate spots.

After hearing briefly from candidates Morton announced the keynote speaker Ken Cuccinelli. The attorney general was greeted with enthusiastic applause and pleased the crowd.  He spoke about the disregard for the rule of law in specific cases, such as in the healthcare bill. By lending insights taken from years of personal experience, the attorney general stressed the need for conservatives to take action.

The entire event was possible through the support of Soiree sponsors.  Sponsors include:

•    60 Plus Association
•    Americans for Prosperity Foundation
•    Being American
•    Citizens United
•    Eberle Associates

•    Fairfax Christian School
•    Government is Not God (Religious Freedom Coalition)
•    Gun Owners of America
•    The Heritage Foundation
•    Let Freedom Ring

•    Morgan, Meredith & Associates
•    National Rifle Association - ILA
•    National Right to Work
•    Reagan Institute
•    Robertson School of Government

•    Stephen Clouse & Associates
•    Tea Party Review Magazine
•    The Conservative Caucus, Inc.
•    TriMark Corporation
•    Young Americans for Liberty

•    Young America's Foundation
•    Youth for Western Civilization

Thank you to all who came out and celebrated the birth of our exceptional nation, and please plan ahead to celebrate with us next July 4th.  

We invite you to continue partnering with us as we train conservative leaders so that together we can promote the freedoms celebrated this Independence Day.