Idaho Senate Doorkeeper Al Henderson is famed for his backyard barbecue fundraisers for Republican candidates. On Aug. 28, Henderson is hosting an event for Lt. Gov. Brad Little‘s re-election bid.
Henderson said Little wanted to add a benefit for a charity and the choice is Hope House in Marsing.
Henderson is soliciting donations, hoping to have 250 items for auction to support the institution started in 1973 by Donnalee Velvick-Lowry. Hope House is home to children ages 6 to 18 who are emotionally impaired, developmentally disabled, and/or come from disrupted adoptions or dysfunctional families.
So far, Henderson has received autographed footballs, quilts, firearms and other items toward his goal but needs more donations. The charity is a favorite of Henderson’s, in part because he shepherded eight Hope House girls on a daylong tour of Washington, D.C., in the 1990s when Henderson ran the Senate Resource Center for GOP Sens. Larry Craig and Dirk Kempthorne.
He also accompanied the girls on their flight back home. “There wasn’t a foul word among them,” Henderson said. “They were delightful and well-behaved.”
Henderson is accepting donations until July 15. To contact him, email firstname.lastname@example.org.