Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Sen. Al Franken to speak at YMCA fundraiser

Former comedian to talk about ‘making a difference’

Express Staff Writer

Al Franken

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., will speak at a fundraiser on Friday, Aug. 10, to support the Wood River Community YMCA in Ketchum.

"Making a difference" is the theme of Franken's talk, which will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Ketchum-area home of Kipp Nelson. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served. Seats cost $250.

Franken turned from work as a regular performer on "Saturday Night Live" to a political commentator with books like "Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot" and "Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them," which criticize conservative politicians and pundits.

But satire turned serious when the former comedian got elected to the U.S. Senate.

Today Franken, a graduate of Harvard University, is known as a serious junior senator from Minnesota who regularly grills business executives and conservative lobbyists on the floor of the Senate.


The annual Y Classic fundraiser will begin with a $500 "golf scramble" at the Sun Valley golf course, which begins with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. on Friday, followed by lunch and awards at the Sun Valley Club.

To register for either the golf classic or Franken's talk, go to or contact Mike Wolter at (208) 928-6702, or email

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