Because of the threat of severe weather from Hurricane Harvey, the Louisiana Democratic Party has postponed its annual fundraising dinner that was scheduled to be held Saturday.
The True Blue Gala, formerly known as the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, is held each year in New Orleans and is the state Democratic Party's largest fundraising event.
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This year's event was slated to feature former Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander, seen as a rising star in the party. The Democrats also were expected to give New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, who is in his final year on the job, a lifetime achievement award.
It's not clear when the event will be rescheduled.
“Right now we are all focused on the safety of Louisianians and our neighbors,”Louisiana Democratic Party chair and State Sen. Karen Carter Peterson said in a statement. “The True Blue Gala is intended as a night of fellowship, celebration and planning for the future. The storm's impact on peoples lives combined with the state of emergency our Governor has issued because of the potential impact on Louisiana over the next five days clearly decided this for us. We are working closely with the Hilton Riverside New Orleans to select a new date and are grateful to them for working with us. We will announce a new date after the storm has cleared. In the meantime we ask that everyone prepare for this storm and if possible do what you can to help those who may be in need.”
Last year's event also had to be rescheduled because of severe weather amid the historic flooding that swept south Louisiana last August.