Broward GOP Chairman Robert W.Sutton announced early Friday that retired neurosurgeon and former Republican Presidential hopeful Ben Carson will appear Saturday at the Lincoln Day Dinner in Fort Lauderdale.  Earlier in the day, Carson formally endorsed Donald Trump’s presidential bid, praising the real estate mogul saying he wants “the voice of the people to be heard.”

“He’s actually a very intelligent man who cares deeply about America,” Carson stated during a press conference at the Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach.  “There’s two different Donald Trump’s. There’s the one you see on stage and the one that’s very cerebral, sits there and considers things very carefully.”

South Carolina Senator Tim Scott is the featured keynote speaker at the annual Broward Republican Party event. The program will also feature remarks by Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, Lt. Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera, State Representative George Moraitis, State Representative and Republican Party of Florida Chairman Blaise Ingoglia, Republican National Committee Co-Chair Sharon Day, and National Committeeman Peter Feaman.

“I’m excited to have both Dr. Ben Carson and Senator Tim Scott at our Broward GOP Lincoln Day Dinner, Chairman Robert Sutton told South Florida Reporter.  “With an all important Florida primary on Tuesday, it’s important that each Presidential candidate be well represented.”

According to Sutton, each of the Presidential candidates has expressed interest in the event.  All have been invited and several are attempting to attend through a surrogate.

Prior to the dinner, BREC Chairman Robert Sutton will host a VIP Reception that will include Dr. Ben Carson, Senator Tim Scott, CFO Jeff Atwater, Lt. Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera, State Representative and RPOF Chairman Blaise Ingoglia, Republican National Committee Co-Chair Sharon Day, National Committeeman Peter Feaman, State Representative George Moraitis, a number of local, state, and federal officials as well as candidates for public office.

“I’m excited to join so many conservative grassroots leaders in Broward County,” Senator Tim Scott told South Florida Reporter in a written statement.  “It’s because of the hard work of conservatives at the local level that Republicans control the House and the Senate and ultimately will win the White House in November.”

The 2016 Lincoln Day Dinner of the Broward Republican Party will be held Saturday, March 12th at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina, located at 1881 SE 17th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316.  Doors will open at 6pm for a VIP and general reception.  Dinner and the program will begin at 7pm.  Serving as Lincoln Day Dinner Chairwoman is Susan Gingerich.  Heather Moraitis and Teresa Sutton are serving as event co-Chairwomen.

“The reception offers an opportunity to chat one-on-one with our keynote speaker and special guests,” Chairwoman Gingerich told South Florida Reporter.  “Guests will also have an opportunity to speak with candidates who have filed for the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, the Florida House and Senate, as well as many local offices.”

Tickets for the VIP reception (with photo opportunity) are $325.00 while general admission tickets are available at $225.00 each.  For more information, please visit TheBrowardLincolnDay.com.