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Daschle, Patrick Kennedy to speak at McGovern Day dinner

Tom Daschle

SIOUX FALLS -- Former Sen. Tom Daschle and former Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-R.I., will join former Sen. George McGovern and Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., at the annual McGovern Day Dinner on March 31.

The event is sponsored by the South Dakota Democratic Party and serves as a major party fundraiser.

"I can think of few other people who have changed the course of South Dakota as much as Sens. McGovern, Daschle and Johnson," said SDDP chairman Ben Nesselhuf.

They are the three most successful Democratic politicians in South Dakota history. McGovern served 22 years in Congress, 18 in the Senate. Daschle served 26 years in Congress, 18 in the Senate. Johnson has served 26 years in Congress and is in his third term in the Senate.

Rebranded in 2002 from the Party's Jefferson/Jackson Day, McGovern Day is the largest annual event for the South Dakota Democratic Party, an institution shaped by McGovern during the 1950s and throughout his political career.

McGovern Day will be held at the Best Western Plus Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center, 3200 W. Maple St., in Sioux Falls. In addition to the evening dinner and its receptions, daytime McGovern Day events include a luncheon featuring Democratic congressional candidates Matt Varilek and Jeff Barth.

Evening dinner tickets may be purchased individually for $65 and tables of eight may be purchased for $500. Admission to the luncheon is $35.

Advance tickets may be purchased at or by sending a check made payable to SDDP at South Dakota Democratic Party, PO Box 1485, Sioux Falls, S.D., 57101.

Call the party office at 605-271-5405 for more information. Event sponsorship opportunities are also available.