Raleigh, N.C. — Gov. Pat McCrory and U.S. Sen. Richard Burr are among the big political names headlining an event honoring former House Speaker Harold Brubaker on March 27.
The North Carolina Future Farmers of America Foundation and North Carolina State University are throwing the reception and dinner, which will also feature Rep. Julia Howard and Sen. Dan Blue. Seats start at $250 a pop and, according to a sponsorship sheet, range up to $50,000 for event sponsors.
The reception, which begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday, will be held at the The Pavilions at the Angus Barn on Glenwood Avenue.
According to Joshua Starling, executive director of the N.C. FFA Foundation, proceeds will benefit an FFA leadership training center at White Lake. Specifically, it will help build a new girls dorm.
At this point, Starling said, the event is expected to raise $150,000, but that amount could go higher. An invitation and solicitation to donate came to @NCCapitol by way of folks in the lobbying community around the legislative building.
Brubaker, who served as House speaker in the 1990s and was the only Republican to hold that post in the 20th century, is a Randolph County businessman who is a registered lobbyist for 14 clients, including the N.C. Dental Access Coalition, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina and the North Carolina Beer and Wine Wholesalers.
So why is an agriculture event honoring Brubaker?
Because, Starling said, Brubaker at one time owned a cattle farm and is a former National FFA Officer. He also has a master degree in economics from N.C. State.