Polk County Democrats 2018 Gala

Drive the blue wave, turn the tide, and help us elect Democrats in 2018.

Please join us for the Polk County Democratic Party “2018 Blue Wave Gala” Fundraiser, Saturday, June 23, 2018 at the Chain of Lakes Complex in Winter Haven, Fl. This is our annual fundraiser for Polk Democrats. Our Master of Ceremonies will be Mr. Woody Wilbanks, past President of the Rainbow Ridge LGBTA Democratic Caucus. Confirmed guests include: Florida Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo, Florida Democratic Party Vice Chair Judy Mount, and Congressman Darren Soto.

Invited guests include Senator Bill Nelson, Florida’s Gubernatorial candidates, Andrew Gillum, Gwen Graham, Chris King and Philip Levine, and our statewide candidates for Attorney General, Chief Financial Officer and Commissioner of Agriculture. along with many of our local and state elected Democratic officials and Democratic candidates.

We will also be honoring our 2018 Democratic Man and Woman of the year and our Guiding Stars during the program portion of the evening.

The Keynote Speaker will be announced soon, along with some very special guests. So Stay tuned!


Cocktail Reception: 5:00-6:00 pm

Silent Auction: 5:00-8:00 pm

Dessert Auction: 5:00-8:00pm
Dinner: 6:00-7:00 pm
Program: 7:00-9:00 pm

Should you desire to pay by check...Please make checks payable to the "Polk County Democratic Executive Committee" and mail to:

Polk County Democratic Executive Committee, PO Box 4531, Winter Haven, FL 33885


Order Tickets Here


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
If you have purchased a student ticket, please have your school issued ID on hand.

What can I bring into the event?
Small bags only, no large bags or firearms.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Email Richard Sutherland at richardsutherland77@gmail.com with questions about advertising opportunities or to become a sponsor of this event. Opportunities are based on a first come first serve basis.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
No, as long as you have your tickets in the eventbrite app

Can I update my registration information?
Yes, you can update the information on your ticket.

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?
No, please make sure to accurately complete your ticket registrations form.

Disclaimer: Paid political advertisement for and authorized by the Polk County Democratic Executive Committee.

You are invited to attend:

Chain of Lakes Complex
210 Cypress Gardens Boulevard
Winter Haven, FL33880

The following recaps the highlights of the 2017 event:.
Florida Congresswoman Gwen Graham
Congresswoman Gwen Graham,
Keynote speaker

U.S. Congressman Darren Soto speaks ate Polk Dem Gala Feb. 2017
Congressman Darren Soto,
Featured speaker

2017 Polk Co.
Paul and Janet Anderson,
Polk County "Guiding Stars"

Chris Mangini
Chris Mangini,
Posthumously recognized for her lifetime of humanitarian and Democratic service

Polk Co. Woman of the Yaer
Glenda Jones,
"Marlene Duffy Young - Polk County Outstanding Woman of the Year"

Polk Co. Man of the Yaer
Ellis H. Moose, III,
"Lawton Chiles - Polk County Outstanding
Democratic Man of the Year"
Donna Moose,
Creator of the "First Choice Dessert of the Year!"