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Sorensen Family Reunion 2011 - Get Your Tickets Now!
Aug 18 2011 - 2:08pm




We here at the Sorensen Institute are pleased to announce the third annual Sorensen Family Reunion picnic! Join us on Saturday, September 17 for a full afternoon of food, music, and fun planned for everyone. Expect plenty of barbecue (and vegetarian options), great Virginia music courtesy of our alumni, bounce houses and more.

You have spoken, and we have listened. After a number of requests last year to make the event later in the day, we will begin this year's picnic at 4pm, going on until dark that evening. We will be holding the picnic at the same location as previous years, beside the airstrip at Bundoran Farm. The farm road to the site is Hightop Drive. The entrance gate to Hightop Drive is located on the south side of Plank Road, just west of Route 29, about 15 miles south of Charlottesville. Free parking will be provided. We will have some signage to help direct you to the gate.

As with previous years, your picnic experience will be greatly improved by bringing:
1. Picnic blanket (only a few tables and chairs will be available). Please bring a blanket to spread out on the ground.
2. Sun block and bug spray.
3. BYOB. If you want it, bring it.
4. Your best dessert item for the auction, the proceeds of which go to pay for the cost of the reunion and provide financial assistance to Sorensen program participants.

Discount advance tickets are available now— see details below.  If you have any questions, please contact Joe Stanley (434-243-2844). To purchase tickets, please call Tracy Tanner Bond at 434-982-4943. We look forward to seeing you and your family on the 17th!


Ticket prices are as follows (All advance tickets must be purchased by September 12th):

$25 per person in advance
$15 student price in advance.
All children 12 and under will be admitted FREE.
$35 per person at the gate on the day of the event: no exceptions.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Reunion 2011: Save the Date
Aug 1 2011 - 11:43am

The PLP Class of 2009, proud winners of all three alumni awards at last year's Family Reunion: Most Generous, Most Philanthropic and Most Enthusiastic Sorensen Class.

The third annual Sorensen Family Reunion will be on Saturday, Sept. 17. We will gather on the Airstrip at Bundoran Farm in beautiful Albemarle County (less than a dozen miles south of Charlottesville) from 4 p.m. until dark.

Mark your calendars and get ready for food, fun, good music and good friends. More details will be posted as we approach the date.

SLIDESHOW: Legislative Wrap-Up at CNU
May 27 2011 - 7:04pm

Over 40 Sorensen alumni and friends attended yesterday evening's Legislative Wrap-Up at CNU, co-hosted by the Sorensen Institute and CNU's Wason Center for Public Policy. Panelists Del. Kenny Alexander, Del. Lynwood Lewis, Sen. Tommy Norment and Sen. Frank Wagner took questions from moderator Bob Gibson and the audience on regional issues and the recent General Assembly session. The State Farm-sponsored event will be rebroadcast on Norfolk public radio station WHRV at noon Thursday, June 2.

 


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May 26: Hampton Roads Legislative Wrap-up
May 24 2011 - 4:05pm

This Thursday, May 26, the Sorensen Institute and the Wason Center for Public Policy will host a Legislative Wrap-up with members of the General Assembly from Hampton Roads. The event will be held at 6 p.m. in the Washington Room of CNU's David Student Union. We encourage all Sorensen alumni and board members to attend this event, which is free and open to the public. We will kick off the evening with a reception sponsored by State Farm from 6 to 6:30 p.m.

Confirmed panelists include Sen. Tommy Norment, Sen. Frank Wagner, Del. Robin Abbott, Del. Kenny Alexander and Del. Lynwood Lewis.

May 25: Northern Virginia Legislative Wrap-up
May 23 2011 - 10:52am

This Wednesday, May 25, the Sorensen Institute will host a Legislative Wrap-up with members of the General Assembly from Northern Virginia. The event will be held at 6 p.m. at the Fairfax City Council Chambers. We encourage all Sorensen alumni and board members to attend this event, which is free and open to the public. We will kick off the evening with a reception sponsored by State Farm from 6 to 6:30 p.m.

Confirmed panelists include Del. David Bulova, Del. Tag Greason, Del. Kay Kory, Del. Bob Marshall and Del. Vivian Watts.

Media Legislative Wrap-up TONIGHT in Charlottesville
May 16 2011 - 11:57am

Sorensen and Piedmont Virginia Community College will host a public discussion tonight, May 16, "A look back on the 2011 General Assembly and a look forward in Virginia politics."

The event will be held tonight, May 16, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Dickinson Building on PVCC’s campus at 501 College Drive in Charlottesville. We encourage all Sorensen alumni and board members to attend this event, which is free and open to the public. We will kick off the evening with a reception from 6 to 7 p.m.

From the redistricting process to issues of transportation, education, and health care, audience members will engage in a Q&A with some of Virginia’s most senior political journalists including Chelyen Davis of The Free Lance‑Star, Christina Nuckols of The Virginian‑Pilot and The Roanoke Times, Adam Rhew of NBC 29, and Anita Kumar of The Washington Post. Bob Gibson, long-time political writer and current executive director of the Sorensen Institute, will moderate the panel.

This event is sponsored by State Farm.

We hope to see you at PVCC tonight!

Hurt and Deeds Attend Charlottesville Alumni Event
Apr 29 2011 - 5:07pm

Robert Hurt with constituent Tom McCrystal of Charlottesville at Siips

Last night's event at Charlottesville's Siips Wine and Champagne Bar was a great success. Congressman Robert Hurt (PLP 2000) served as "celebrity bartender" for more than 55 alumni, friends and Charlottesville locals.

Chris Fairchild (PLP 2008), Chair of the Charlottesville Regional Alumni Chapter, organized the event during which 10% of the venue's revenue went to the Sorensen Institute.

State Senator Creigh Deeds also attended.

Thank you to everyone who came out to support Sorensen!

 

April 26 & 28 Legislative Wrap-ups Postponed
Apr 22 2011 - 3:43pm

Because the General Assembly leadership remains uncertain about when the legislature will finish up its work on redistricting, we are postponing our State Farm-sponsored Legislative Wrap-ups from next week until the last full week in May.

The Tuesday, April 26 event in Fairfax is rescheduled for Wednesday, May 25. 

The Thursday, April 28 event at Christopher Newport University, co-hosted by the Wason Center for Public Policy, is rescheduled for Thursday, May 26.

April 28: Hampton Roads Legislative Wrap-up
Apr 21 2011 - 10:00am

The Sorensen Institute and the Wason Center for Public Policy will host a Legislative Wrap-up with members of the General Assembly from Hampton Roads. The event will be held on Tuesday, April 28 at 6 p.m. in the Washington Room of CNU's David Student Union. We encourage all Sorensen alumni and board members to attend this event, which is free and open to the public. Board members from the Hampton Roads region are especially invited to attend. We will kick off the evening with a reception sponsored by State Farm from 6 to 6:30 p.m.

April 26: Northern Virginia Legislative Wrap-up
Apr 21 2011 - 9:53am

This coming Tuesday evening the Sorensen Institute will host a Legislative Wrap-up with members of the General Assembly from Northern Virginia. The event will be held on Tuesday, April 26 at 6 p.m. at the Fairfax City Council Chambers. We encourage all Sorensen alumni and board members to attend this event, which is free and open to the public. Board members from Northern Virginia are especially invited to attend. We will kick off the evening with a reception sponsored by State Farm from 6 to 6:30 p.m.

Featured Alumni

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    Ann Flandermeyer Kirwin

    Political Leaders Program

    Class of 2007

    Ann is the co-founder of Principle Advantage, Ltd., a consulting and lobbying firm, specializing in government relations, public affairs and grassroots outreach in Virginia Beach.

    She is the former Director of Legislative Affairs for Delegate Sal Iaquinto and has served as Secretary of the Republican Party of Virginia Beach. Ann also works as a voice-over artist.