Thursday event to honor Gerritson

Published 9:46am Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Wetumpka Tea Party founder Becky Gerritson’s emotional testimony before the House Ways and Means Committee in June made a big splash.
It put the name Wetumpka in headlines and news reports nationwide, as she detailed the sense of violation and concern at the IRS’s admitted targeting of conservative groups, including WTP, for delays and “additional scrutiny” in the leadup to the 2012 election.
Thursday, area residents will sponsor a “Job Well Done” celebration in Gerritson’s honor at 6:30 p.m. to thank the local tea party leader for her willingness to share the local group’s story on a national stage. The event will be held at the Wetumpka Civic Center.
Elmore County resident Frank Vawter said he cleared his schedule when he heard Gerritson would be testifying, and made a point to watch the whole day of testimony.
“She absolutely knocked it out of the park from a professional and emotional basis,” Vawter said.
Vawter said he established a bank account and a post office box for the Grateful Citizens of Elmore County, and has received a number of contributions “from all over the place,” from those who identified with Gerritson’s emotional testimony.
“This is going to be a big event,” Vawter said, adding they’ll have 600 seats set up, but “I fully expect it to be standing room only.”
Among the guests is conservative author and comedian Eric Golub. He’ll share his opinions and humor with the crowd. Then Gerritson will speak, to share her jet-setting experiences since the testimony.

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