Braley Announces Gabby Giffords & Mark Kelly to Headline 9th Annual Bruce, Blues & BBQ Event PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Richard Martin   
Friday, 13 September 2013 08:00
Former Congresswoman and astronaut to keynote Braley's 9th annual grassroots fundraising event
DES MOINES, IA – Rep. Bruce Braley announced today that former US Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly will headline his 9th annual "Bruce, Blues, and BBQ" Iowa grassroots fundraising event on Sunday, October 27, 2013. Braley is running for the US Senate seat currently held by Sen. Tom Harkin, who announced in January he was retiring at the end of his current term.

"I could not be more excited to have my friends Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly come to Iowa for Bruce, Blues, and BBQ," Braley said. "Gabby and Mark have made it their life's mission to bring people together and find common sense solutions that solve some of the tough problems facing our country. I work hard every day to live by their example, and I hope to bring that same spirit to the US Senate."

Giffords has become known across the country for her resilience in the face of violence, and for her consensus building leadership in Congress.  Giffords was shot in the head at point blank range at a Congress on Your Corner event in Tucson on January 8, 2011. Giffords represented the 8th Congressional District of Arizona in the US House from 2007 until 2012.
Kelly is a retired astronaut and US Navy Captain. As a Naval Aviator, Kelly flew combat missions during the Gulf War. He was then assigned to Attack Squadron 115 (VA-115) in Atsugi, Japan, and made two deployments to the Persian Gulf on the aircraft carrier USS Midway, flying 39 combat missions in Operation Desert Storm.
In January 2013, Giffords and Kelly formed Americans for Responsible Solutions to encourage elected officials to stand up for solutions to prevent gun violence and protect responsible gun ownership. The organization recognizes that the rights of Americans to own guns for collection, recreation, and protection must be defended, and commonsense protections from gun violence can prevent shootings from shattering communities.

Bruce, Blues, and BBQ is Braley's annual grassroots fundraising event, held every fall since 2005. For the first time this year, the event will be held in Des Moines. Past keynote speakers include: Minnesota US Sen. Amy Klobuchar; then-US Sen. Barack Obama; then-US Sen. Hillary Clinton; and DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz. 

The event will be held on Sunday, October 27, 2013, from 1:00pm - 3:00pm at the 4-H Exhibits Building on the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines.

Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling (515) 244-1270. Tickets will also be available at the door. Cost is $30 for individuals, $50 for couples, $75 for families, and $15 for students.
Sunday, October 27, 2013

  Bruce, Blues, & BBQ
Featuring Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly
Iowa State Fairgrounds
Bruce L. Rastetter 4-H Exhibits Building
3000 E. Grand Ave.
Des Moines, Iowa
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