(PNS reporting from LOS ANGELES) Greater Los Angeles Hispanic Republicans (GLAHR) will host a fundraiser Sunday for the GOP nominee wannabe Mitt Romney — a gala named after his wife: Ann’s Quinceañera.
The campaign event, patterned on a Mexican girl’s coming of age celebration, will celebrate Ann Romney as quinceañera. Tickets are available from GLAHR for a $1,500 donation, while padrino sponsorships are available starting at $15,000.
“This is an opportunity for the Hispanic community to get to know Ann and Mitt, and for us to give Ann the quinceañera that she never had,” GLAHR president, Louis Barba — also padrino of the cake — told PNS.
Ann Romney already had her dress fitting at Memories Boutique in Santa Ana, CA. “Every girl wants to be a princess on her quince, and Ann, well, really is like an actual Mormon-American princess,” store owner Minerva Gallegos, la madrina del vestido, said in a phone interview.
Ann selected a “joyful, lilac strapless A-line gown (photo, above), with a sweetheart neckline, and a lace-up back,” Gallegos said. “With that dress and her diamond tiara, I’m sure we will get more donations for the campaign!”
Danny Duran, owner of the Querétaro Meats chain and the padrino of the DJ, is excited: “Romney will be the first Mexican-American president, and I want to be part of it.”
The Romney campaign confirmed that the former Massachusetts governor will be at the event (set for the Convention Center) as Ann’s chambelán and said the couple been taking waltz lessons. Also preparing for the dance highlight of the evening, is Rafalca, Ann’s dressage horse, who has been honing her waltzing skills for the big event. Rafalca will also wow the crowd with her quebradita, lambada and freak moves.
The “after party” includes a ride in the extravagant Rómnibus, which sports a disco ball and a cappuccino maker. Party-goers will be dropped off at their respective countries of origin.
Area Hispanic Democrats plan to protest the fundraiser.
Romney is blatantly against the Dream Act. Why would Latinos or so-called ‘Hispanics’ support him?
Saenz said other members of the Echo Park Democrats Club would be “jeering at attendees” when they start arriving.
But Neita Ramírez, owner of Yes We Can hair salons in the San Gabriel Valley, and the madrina of la cerveza, is pumped. “Estoy bien excited to have my picture taken with the Romney. Es muy guapo!” she said.
Other supporters include the Mormon Church as the Padrino de Polygamy, Bain Capital as Padrino de $100 Bills Used to Light Cigars, and Dick Cheney as Padrino de Padrinos.
Tickets are still available, including one sponsorship: Madrina/Padrino del Limo.