Mary Lincoln, George Brauchler, Joy Hoffman, Abraham Lincoln and James Hoffman
BY BOB SWEENEY
The Denver-based Lincoln Club of Colorado chose the History Colorado museum as the site for their 100th anniversary gala celebration of the club’s founding in 1918.
The club was based on the ideals, honesty and integrity of President Abraham Lincoln. It was founded at the Brown Palace hotel by William R. Seaton, Joseph W. Plummer, Charles W. Reitler, Herbert M. Munroe and James S. Temple.
It began on what would have been Lincoln’s 109th birthday. Since its inception, the Lincoln Club has existed to promote the interests and principles of the Republican Party throughout Colorado. The club prides itself on being a service organization dedicated to no individual candidacy or cause, save those of America and the Republican Party.”
Christopher O. Murray, the Lincoln Club president, was emcee at the gala dinner. He is assisted by Candice Goldstein, vice president; Michele Haedrich, treasurer; and Alex Hornaday, secretary. The Gala committee consisted of Co-chairs Lori Horn and Melissa McAuley; Brett More, communications chair; Chris Murry, program chair; and Ryan Call, sponsorship chair. The venerable Dorothy Gottlieb, a long-standing member, serves with distinction on the 13-member board.
The McNicholas family’s KM catering provided the scrumptious buffet dinner with assorted Italian specialties and Colorado braised buffalo short ribs. A massive birthday cake, featuring the White House and honoring President Lincoln, was provided by state GOP Chairman Steve House.
State Rep. Polly Lawrence, a candidate for state treasurer, provided the Mile High Big Band. Cherry Creek Republican Women President Joy Hoffman and husband James provided Mr. and Mrs. Abraham Lincoln for evening photos with patrons.
Highlight of the evening event were state Senate Majority Leader Chris Holbert reciting the Gettysburg Address by memory with a profound delivery of one of the shortest and most famous speeches in history given by President Lincoln.
A dinner crowd of several hundred Lincoln Club supporters danced into the evening with door prizes and toasts.
The Lincoln Club luncheons are held monthly at the Denver Athletic Club on the fourth Wednesday of each month. For more information, visit LincolnClubofColorado.org.
David Schlatter and Crystal Gorrell Higgins
Attorney-general candidate George Brauchler and Lincoln Club board member John Zakhem.
Senate Majority Leader Chris Holbert, his wife Diane and state Rep. Polly Lawrence, who is running for state treasurer.
Gubernatorial candidate Doug Robinson, center, of Cherry Hills Village with President Lincoln and Mary Lincoln.
Mary Lincoln visits with Loretta Perry.
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