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Friday Kickoff Event with James Carville

James "The Ragin' Cajun" Carville is America's best-known political consultant. His long list of electoral successes evidences a knack for steering overlooked campaigns to unexpected landslide victories and for re-making political underdogs into upset winners. He is going to knock your socks off with his insight into the current state of American politics.

His winning streak began in 1986, when he managed the gubernatorial victory of Robert Casey in Pennsylvania. He managed the successful 1990 gubernatorial campaign of Georgia's Lieutenant Governor Zell Miller, including a tough primary win over Atlanta mayor Andrew Young. But his most prominent victory was in 1992 when he helped William Jefferson Clinton win the Presidency.

Carville is also a best-selling author, actor, producer, talk-show host, speaker and restaurateur. Along with pollster Stanley Greenberg, Carville founded Democracy Corps, an independent, non-profit polling organization dedicated to making government more responsive to the American people. Democracy Corps has conducted over 200 national, congressional and local surveys, interviewing over 220,000 American voters during the past 10 years.

Carville can be seen on news networks worldwide. He is a columnist for The Hill newspaper which publishes daily when Congress is in session and serves as a Professor of Practice at Tulane University in New Orleans, where he lives with his wife Mary Matalin and their two daughters.

Saturday Family Night

The GDA gives you Friday night to enjoy with family and friends. Save Saturday night for a night of fun for kids of all ages! For the younger set, kids will enjoy a Winter Wonderland on the beach in July! Winter themed games and rides will entertain your kids all night long! If you can get them to break away from the fun, we'll have kid approved food and drinks available. For the 18 and over crowd, be sure to celebrate Frank Sinatra's 100th Birthday "Rat Pack Style!" A casino themed night with a big band sound! After you've played a few hands of Blackjack or spun that roulette wheel a few times, enjoy some delicious food and drinks and dance the night away.

Sunday Awards & Installation Breakfast

This morning is one for beginnings and honoring dentists who honorably serve their profession. We will recognize current GDA leaders and witness the installation of 2016-17 officers for the GDA, Alliance, and districts. The GDA will also recognize past GDA and Alliance presidents, GDA Honorable Fellows, GDA Community Service winners, and Dr. Carole Hanes as our GDA Award of Merit honoree.