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As a Delegate, I received this invite today for the Sunday evening RNC gathering - FYI

Glad this is in the evening. I'm sure it will be a let-down after Ron's rally.

The 2012 Tampa Bay Host Committee

For The Republican National Convention

Hosts the Largest Welcome Event in the History of the Convention




August 26, 2012 - 6:00 p.m.

Doors Open at 5:00 p.m.

Bus Schedule to Follow


Credential-Only, Invitation-Only

Resort Casual Attire: Comfortable Shoes, No High Heels, No Jackets, No Large Bags

Cameras and Cell Phones Welcome

Estimated delegation attendance due to mboyd@gopconvention2012.com by July 1

The Welcome Event will be on August 26, 2012 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL. The event is expected to run between 6:00 and 9:30 pm. A variety of entertainment and acts will be featured showcasing Tampa Bay and the cities of Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater.

A detailed transportation plan with an exact GOP Express departure time from your delegation’s hotel is forthcoming. Please note credentials for each individual are required for entrance to the event and to use the GOP Express. RSVPs for delegations should be sent to mboyd@gopconvention2012.com by July 1.


Host Committee RNC Media Contact:

Contact: Aileen Rodriguez

Communications Director

Phone: 813-400-2300

arodriguez@2012tampa.com | www.2012tampa.com

2012 Tampa Bay Host Committee to Host Largest Welcome Event

in the History of the Republican National Convention

Inaugural Welcome Event to Include Delegates and Media

(PR NewsChannel) Tampa Bay, FL (June 25, 2012) – More than 20,000 guests, including media and delegates, will be invited to the 2012 Tampa Bay Host Committee’s Welcome event, which will kick off the week of the Republican National Convention. The inaugural event will be the first of its kind in the history of the Convention. Traditionally, delegates and media members have been welcomed separately during two or more Host Committee events; however, these events will now be combined into one monumental occasion that will showcase all of Tampa Bay, including Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater.

“The Host Committee’s Delegate and Media Kick-Off Event for the 2012 Republican National Convention will be unlike any other in the history of past Convention events,” said Host Committee President and CEO Ken Jones. “The event will be a tremendous opportunity for the media, delegates and other guests to get to know each other and build relationships prior to the start of the Convention. In addition, the attendees will get a taste of the Tampa Bay area’s history, culture and other local themes, which we plan to highlight during this event. We look forward to hosting an incredible event that will showcase everything Tampa Bay has to offer in a way that future host committees will constantly strive to outdo in years to come.”

The Welcome Event is scheduled to take place on the eve of the Convention – August 26, 2012 – at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. The invitation-only, cocktail-style reception will feature special performances showcasing local talent, innovative technologies with interactive elements and uniquely tailored design and décor, highlighting Pinellas and Hillsborough counties.

The guest list will include delegates from the 50 United States and its six territories, local and national media, Republican National Committee members, dignitaries and special guests.

Pinellas County Commission Chairman John Morroni and Hillsborough County Commission Chairman Ken Hagan were named event co-chairs.

“Pinellas County is thrilled to have the Host Committee’s Welcome Event located here,” said Pinellas County Commission Chairman John Morroni. “The eyes of the world will be on Tampa Bay in August, and we intend to show everyone what makes our area such a wonderful place to live, work and play.”

“I want to extend the warmest welcome to each visitor to Tampa Bay,” said Hillsborough County Commission Chairman Ken Hagan. “I am confident they will experience us as a true ‘melting pot’ community that is authentic, exciting and worthy of a return visit.”

“The City of St. Petersburg cannot wait to warmly welcome delegates, media and other guests to the Tampa Bay region in August,” said City of St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster. “It is our pleasure to be the first city in the Tampa Bay region to officially welcome guests of the Convention.”

“It is an honor to have the Host Committee’s Welcome Event at Tropicana Field,” said Tampa Bay Rays President Matt Silverman. “It is a great way to begin what will be a showcase week for the entire Tampa Bay region.”

About the 2012 Tampa Bay Host Committee

The 2012 Tampa Bay Host Committee, Inc. (“Host Committee”) is a Florida not-for-profit corporation that operates as a public charity under § 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Host Committee serves as the officially designated Presidential Nominating Convention Host Committee under federal law and is a registered host committee with the Federal Election Commission. The Host Committee is not involved in any political activity and is in no way considered a political committee under any state or federal laws. Visit: www.twitter.com/2012Tampa, www.facebook.com/2012Tampa, www.linkd.in/A0E6D9, www.pinterest.com/2012Tampa, www.flickr.com/2012TampaHC, www.youtube.com/2012Tampa.

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No invite for me...

I'm an alternate and haven't gotten this invite.

Doesn't this conflict with

Doesn't this conflict with the Ron Paul Rally?

If so, was it deliberate?

RON PAUL 2012 * Restore America * Bring The Troops Home

This event is just for national delegates, but....

what if everyone from Ron's rally & the festivals came over & lined the street to the event with signs welcoming all the delegates, with love from Ron Paul!?

They could be glad for Richard's Federal Marshalls being there

There's nothing like an angry Mob at an RNC event to bring out the armed forces.

Congratulations, I hope you have a wonderful time!! Wish I was going!


I hope the Ron Paul Rally gets 10x the number of attendees than this. I hope the RP Fest swarms the streets and convention and dwarfs the dull romneybots.

No jackets or high heels??

That doesn't seem like a Republican affair... are they going to kick you out if you're wearing heels? And what constitutes "high heels," I wonder? Do platform sandals count?

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Eww, definitely not grassroots


An Opportunity

I do not know if anyone has the guts...

But it seems that would be a great opportunity to talk to the press about the freedom message and persuade other delegates. If it is free, what would be wrong with going?

Gene Louis
Supporting a Needed Tool for Government Feedback:
A Citizen-Operated Legal System.

I guess,

no one's interested in delegate information.....

It's a Saturday, summer nite.....perhaps it is just timing...try

Again when the attendance here is a bit more. I'm just taking a break in the A/C myself. :-)