Mon., April 18 – Go, Granny D! “You’re Never Too Old to Raise a Little Hell”

Granny-D-April-2016Never underestimate grannies. At age 90 Doris “Granny D” Haddock blazed a 3200-mile trail across America for campaign finance reform, precipitating the passage of the McCain-Feingold Act. She continued her bipartisan reform efforts in countrywide voter registration drives, issuing her final challenge in 2010 at age 100: “Democracy is a running game. You huddle and you go back in. You keep going.”

Barbara Bates Smith - Granny DOff-Broadway actress Barbara Bates Smith and musician Jeff Sebens highlight the story of this crusader whose steel determination took the world by surprise and elevated her to national fame. Smith summons the granny with the straw hat proclaiming across the U.S. “Corporations are not people! Democracy is!”

Rhana-BazziniAlso joining us, is our own local Granny D, Rhana Bazzini. In 2014, Rhana, at the age of 81, walked 435 miles from Sarasota to Tallahassee to advocate for campaign finance reform. Like Granny D, Rhana believes that government should change the way elections are funded. “Rhana B,” as she is known, met with Florida House of Representatives members Ray Pilon (R, Sarasota), Greg Steube (R, Sarasota) and Jimmy T. Smith (R, Citrus) along the way. As Rhana introduces the Go, Granny D show, she will share her own inspiring story.


Monday, April 18


Bayfront Community Center, 803 N. Tamiami Trail (back side of the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium.

What Time

Doors open at 6 p.m. Program begins at 6:30 p.m.
Please do not arrive before 6 p.m.


$25 per person. Prepayment required.

RSVP and Make Payment

Payment can be made online by using the form below, or you may mail a check to:

PO Box 51076
Sarasota, FL 34232

Please include your name and the names of your guests. Names provided will be used to create name tags.

Wine, beer, soft drinks and light bites will be provided.

Democratic Club of Sarasota