Idaho Governor’s Ball Musings

Saturday evening’s Governor’s Ball, a Republican Party fundraiser, was well attended and, despite my nearly two decades of political involvement, there were a lot of newcomers in attendance. It’s always nice to see old friends, but welcoming new ones is rewarding, as well.

Of note were the many beautiful clothes, including dark suits, tuxes and ball gowns that sparkled around the festive room. It got me thinking, though, about how much money was spent on all those beautiful clothes. Perhaps in the future, the Republican Party should encourage people to shop for Governor’s Ball attire at local thrift and second-hand clothing stores, and donate the money they save to the Party or another charitable community cause. Surely the Salvation Army, Idaho Youth Ranch, Goodwill Industries, St Vincent De Paul, Deseret Industries and other charitable organizations would happily benefit from the added sales. To make things even more interesting, the Ball itself could include a “costume” contest, to determine which attendees had done the best job of securing suitable duds at a substantial savings.

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