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2019 Brown/Todd/Wolpe Award Presentation & Fundraiser 

Lavora Barnes, Betsy Rice, Namita Sharma, Jake Andrews, Larry Provencher, Bobby Hopewell
Lavora Barnes, Betsy Rice, Namita Sharma, Jake Andrews, Larry Provencher, Bobby Hopewell – photo (C) 2019 Fran Dwight, used by permission

Saturday, October 12th 2019
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
at Niko’s Landing in Comstock.

Named after former State Representative Mary Brown, the late Congressman Paul Todd, and the late Congressman Howard Wolpe, this is a celebration to honor contributions made in the past and to connect with other Democrats to plan our future work.

The biggest fundraiser of the election cycle for the KCDP, the event features keynote speakers from the national, state, and local Democratic arenas (to be announced shortly), award presentations, live music, heavy appetizers, and a cash bar.

We are thrilled to announce that our keynote speaker was Lavora Barnes, chair of the Michigan Democratic Party!

Live music was provided by a much-loved local group, the Hackneyed Quips.

Fran Dwight photos of the event: https://frandwight.smugmug.com/Events/2019-BROWNTODDWOLPE-AWARDS/

Many thanks to our  sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor
Larry J Bell

Gold Sponsors
Timothy and Joy Light
George and Clare Todd

Silver Sponsors
Rep. Jon Hoadley
Timon Tesar

Bronze Sponsors
Hon. Mary and Don Brown
Anthony Bates for County Commission
Hon. Sheriff Richard C. Fuller III
Matt Longjohn and Valerie Miller
Christine Morse for State House
Chris Praedel for Kalamazoo City Commission
South-Central Michigan AFL-CIO

Copper Sponsors
David Anderson for Mayor
David Benac for Mayor
David Burgess
Tracy Hall for State Representative
Hon. Caroline Ham
Hon. Richard Huebler
Millie Lambert
Ann Lipsey
Tracy Lynn and Matt Carpenter
State Senator Sean McCann
Hons. Meredith Place and John Taylor
Hon. Grant Taylor and Kayla Munch
Arthur Roberts & Betty Lujan-Roberts
Southwest Michigan Building Trades
Hons. Mark and Christine Schauer
Namita Sharma
Cam and Fred Weber

View the event on Facebook here.

It is with great pleasure that the Kalamazoo County Democratic Party announces this year’s awardees for our biennial Brown/Todd/Wolpe Award Ceremony & Fundraiser!

 It’s our biggest event of the election cycle and a great opportunity to mix and mingle with other Democrats and be a part of our ambitious plans to win big in 2020.

This year, the Brown/Todd/Wolpe Planning Committee has created two additional awards in honor of two dedicated Kalamazoo Democrats: Hon. Ed LaForge and Jo Ann Betz. The Ed LaForge Dedication Award recognizes people who have shown extraordinary dedication to the work of the Kalamazoo County Democratic Party and local Democratic politics. The Jo Ann Betz Volunteer Award recognizes exemplary Kalamazoo County Democratic Party volunteers. And, as in previous years, the Brown/Todd/Wolpe Award goes to a stalwart Democrat who has served and supported the local Democratic party throughout their life.

Without further ado, the 2019 honorees are:

Brown/Todd/Wolpe Award
Hon. Larry Provancher

Ed LaForge Dedication Award
Namita Sharma
Hon. Bobby Hopewell

Jo Ann Betz Volunteer Award
Betsy Rice

We also will be recognizing the following people in memoriam:

  • Hon. Ed LaForge
  • Jo Ann Betz
  • Susan Holman
  • Shequita Quanna Lewis

For a brief history of recent celebrations please visit:

Contact Margy Belchak, Director of Development, at fundraising@kzoodems.com or (312) 848-0225 for more information or to volunteer with the Brown/Todd/Wolpe committee.

Brown Todd Wolpe 2019