Sarah Palin will visit Joplin at the end of September to talk about her experience having a child with disabilities.
The former governor of Alaska and vice presidential nominee will speak at a fundraising event for the LifeChoices Health Network at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, in Taylor Performing Arts Center at Missouri Southern State University.
LifeChoices is offering its supporters and partners the first seats, according to Rita Lawson, advancement director. Any extra seats will be open to the public. LifeChoices should know how many of those seats would be available by the end of the week, Lawson said.
The public can check on available seating, starting Aug. 25, at lifevoices.org.stet on voices
There will be no charge for tickets, but because the event is a fundraiser there will be opportunities to make donations.
Lawson said about a third of the organization’s budget comes from the annual fundraising event. The event also serves as an awareness opportunity.
“It’s also a fantastic way to get volunteers,” she said.
Palin will be talking about her experiences having a son with Down syndrome. She also will talk about why organizations such as LifeChoices are important to a community, Lawson said.
Palin served as governor of Alaska from 2006 to 2009. In 2008, she was the vice presidential running mate for Republican presidential nominee John McCain. According to her biography on SarahPAC — her political action committee — she was the first female and youngest governor of Alaska.
The Fox News contributor also is the author of “Going Rogue: An American Life,” “America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag,” and “Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas.” She was the host of a documentary series, “Sarah Palin’s Alaska,” on TLC.
Jordynn Griffith, LifeChoices communication coordinator, said the talk isn’t meant to be a political event, but rather a time for Palin to share her experience.
“She’s more just sharing her personal family story,” she said.
Every year, the nonprofit clinic that focuses on sexual and prenatal health tries to bring in someone it believes has a story to share, Lawson said, and Palin fit that bill.
“I think she can well relate to individuals that we see here through the clinic,” Lawson said.
Previous guests at the fundraising event have been Ben Carson and Mike Huckabee.
Last year, the event drew more than 1,500 people for a dinner, with a waiting list of people who wanted to attend.
“We knew we needed to do something a little different this year,” Lawson said.
IN ADDITION TO TALKING about her family, Sarah Palin plans to meet with members of the media before the event.