Although this took place within minutes of my home, the cost to attend was just a little beyond my budget. Sarah wowed 'em at the Boca Raton Resort and Hotel, raising a cool $1 million, along with the spirits of the local Republican faithful. And one little girl had a very special wish come true:
A last minute guest at the fundraiser was 11-year-old Rachel Petersen of Deerfield Beach, who was allowed to stay up past her bedtime last month to watch the Republican National Convention. She said she wrote Palin that she was happy she was running and sorry she couldn't vote for a few more years.
On Monday afternoon, Rachel's dad, Don, was shopping when his cell phone rang. It was Palin, he said, and she wanted to thank Rachel personally for the letter. When Don explained how close they live to Boca Raton, she invited them to the fundraiser.
Rachel showed up in a pretty dress with a big smile. She was nervous to meet Palin and said she shook her hand and said, "I want to say good luck."