Nebraska Democratic Party Announces Details for 2023 Ben Nelson Fundraising Gala


***Nebraska Democratic Party News Press Release for 7-31-2023***


Nebraska Democratic Party Announces Details for Annual Ben Nelson Fundraising Gala 

LINCOLN, NE – The Nebraska Democratic Party is proud to announce details, including keynote speakers, for the annual Ben Nelson Gala on September 29th, 2023.

Ben Nelson Gala Details

The theme of the gala this year is “Freedom and Justice for All”

September 29, 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. (Young Dems Afterparty 9 p.m. – 12 a.m.)

Omaha Marriott Capitol District, 222 N 10th Street


Featured Speakers

  • Emcee, Lincoln Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird
  • Keynote Speakers Minnesota Governor Tim Walz, Tennessee Representative Justin J. Pearson, and former Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson
  • Additional address from Senator Tony Vargas

In addition to the Ben Nelson Gala, the Nebraska Democratic Party will host a Candidate and Party Leader training:

Candidate and Party Leader Training Details

September 30, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Omaha Marriott Capitol District, 222 N 10th Street

Featured Speakers

  • ASDC President & DNC Vice Chair Ken Martin
  • Kentucky Chair Colmon Eldrige
  • Nebraska Chair Jane Kleeb

Chair Jane Kleeb commented about the keynote speakers:

“We are honored to welcome back Nebraska native, Governor Tim Walz, who is returning to his Cornhusker roots, bringing hope to our party leaders and supporters on the legislative victories in the state of Minnesota. As one of the most progressive states in the country, we look forward to Governor Walz’s words of inspiration that will culminate in a call to action in all corners of our state.”

“As one of the Tennesse Three, State Senator Justin Pearson converted an expulsion from the super-majority Republican Tennessee House into a rallying cry heard across the nation. Representative Pearson was overwhelmingly reinstated in large part due to the strength and energy of the state’s younger generation and a resilient and proud Black community. We welcome Representative Pearson as a beacon of hope to energize Nebraska Democrats, young and young at heart.”

“As the heart and soul of Nebraska Democratic politics for many years, former Governor and Senator Ben Nelson continues to motivate and instill pride in all Nebraska Democrats. A constant advocate for families and the underrepresented, he is the epitome of a party ambassador. We are delighted that he is able to continue to provide guidance as a true Democrat in our annual gala.”


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