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Huckabee visits Ga. for benefit dinner

Former presidential candidate, Mike Huckabee, will be coming to the VSU campus Tuesday at 7 p.m. for a benefit dinner hosted by the Georgia Christian School.

Huckabee is going to be speaking to about 485 guests in the Student Union auditorium, which GCS has rented out for the event.

“He will give a speech,” Ryan Warren, the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors at GCS, said.

“We were so pleased with VSU the first year—the facility and the catering,” Warren. “We love having the university as the location for the dinner.”

The event is open to the public, but tickets, which run for $125 per person, were nearly sold out at the time of print. Some attendees are VSU students who are alumni of GCS.

“We’re excited,” Warren said. “It’s a big deal for us, and a big deal for our students, and a big deal for VSU.”

The benefit is an opportunity for the school to raise money for its budget, which helps cover the cost of tuition for students who want to attend GCS, but are not able to afford it. The dinner has raised about $140,000 annually since its inception.

Huckabee is a Republican, and has served as Governor of Arkansas before he ran for president in the 2008 election. He was one of the frontrunners of the Republican Party for the upcoming 2012 election, but dropped out in May. He is also an ordained Baptist minister who hosts a regular radio show.

“We have tried to gradually grow this event,” Warren said. “Every year we have doubled in profit and size.”

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