The 6th Annual Summer Date Auction benefiting Gen44Virginia Dems, and the Network for Progress, held on August 22nd, was a huge success, raising thousands of dollars for the grassroots campaign and to help send Toorsa Arsala, Virginia Delegate, to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. Auctioneer extraordinaire Anjon Roy led the bidding on dates with Bassima Adriana Al-Ghussein, Vincent Natale, Liz Hartmann-Dow, Erin Lyons, Derek Briggs, Taylor Ryan, and Katie Oehl, among others.

Highlights included Miss Wyoming Mary David, winning a date with Virginia Delegate Toora Arsala to send him to the DNC in Charlotte.

Toora took to facebook after the night’s events: “Had The Best Night of His Life, Thanks to Jim McBride, Lauren Hall, Anjon Roy, and the Rest of the GODC Group, They Helped Me Fundraise For Charlotte, and They Helped Me Get a Date with Ms. Wyoming, Thanks Again Everyone, Now I am Very Excited for Charlotte!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

Network for Progress is continuing the momentum from the event with several upcoming events as we draw in on the elections. More information can be found at and

About Generation Forty Four (Gen44)
Gen44, named for our 44th President‘s Young Americans fundraising initiative of the 2012 re-election campaign. Gen44 is the official under-40 fundraising program of Obama for America comprised of the next generation of leaders, young entrepreneurs, social innovators and activists. The program started as the 2008 campaign’s Generation Obama, and has grown and evolved from there. The young adult fundraising organization aims at engaging new supporters and building events for the campaign. Rather than being driven by dollar amounts, Gen44 focuses on involving as many young people as possible.

Here is a short video of Liz Harmann-Dow being auctioned off. Watch our Erin Lyons offer the winning bid.


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