The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Sen. Obama will be the featured speaker at Virginia's biggest fundraising event.
Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, a star in the Democratic Party, will address the Democratic Party of Virginia's annual Jefferson-Jackson Day dinner Feb. 17 in Richmond.
The Jefferson-Jackson Day dinner is the biggest fundraising event on the state Democratic Party's calendar. Tickets start at $165 a person. More than 2,000 people are expected, spokesman Mark Bergman said.
Obama came to Virginia twice during the 2006 election cycle to campaign for Democratic senatorial candidate Jim Webb. Webb scored an upset victory over the incumbent, Republican George Allen.
Obama also campaigned for Timothy M. Kaine during his successful gubernatorial race in 2005.
"As we look to continue our momentum in the 2007 elections, we are excited to have one of the brightest Democratic stars help energize our party," state party Chairman C. Richard Cranwell of Vinton said.