Tom Paine Celebration / Thursday, February 29, 5:30-8:30pm
Tickets: $35 in-person event (includes Mexican buffet).
Join Florida Veterans for Common Sense (FLVCS) for its annual party celebrating the life of founding patriot, Thomas Paine. Each year, FLVCS awards our annual Thomas Paine Award to a patriot who follows in the legacy of Thomas Paine to defend our democracy and advance the promise of America.
This year’s Thomas Paine Award winner is Jim Hightower.
Hightower is an American syndicated columnist, political activist, and author. From 1983 to 1991 he served as the elected commissioner of the Texas Department of Agriculture. He publishes a monthly newsletter that is notable for its in-depth investigative reporting, The Hightower Lowdown.
Food and Drink: A Mexican style buffet is included in the ticket price. Sodas, Tea, coffee, beer and wine will be available for purchase.
The FLVCS party honors the legacy of Thomas Paine who is credited with turning the American rebellion into the American Revolution for Independence through his best selling political tract, Common Sense. He was the first to use the term United States of America. He wrote The Crisis Papers at the behest of General George Washington. Paine’s call to action rallied the Continental Army troops to continue the fight after the retreat and defeat at New York. Contemporaries noted, “Without the pen of Paine, Washington would have wielded his sword in vain.”
FLVCS is an active veteran’s group. Working with its sister 501 (c) 3, Florida Veterans for Common Sense Fund, Inc. (FLVCS Fund) it has helped sponsor and initiate such projects as Courts Assisting Veterans, the first statewide Women’s Veterans Conference, The Sarasota Stand Down for Homeless Veterans, Green Path Veterans Farms (now-Operation Eco Vets), and Sarasota Urban Reforestation (SURF) that plants Microforests, and more.
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