When Mary Lang Sollinger agreed to host a fundraiser for then-Senator Barack Obama in her Madison home, she had no idea how much it would change her life.
Based on the people skills she acquired as a businessperson, Mary was already politically active in a number of local causes, including Madison’s Downtown Coordinating Committee. She was organizing the local chapter of RESULTS, an international anti-poverty advocacy group, when a fellow businessperson called to ask if she would host a fundraiser for the up-and-coming senator from Illinois. Since she had previously hosted other nonprofit and political functions in her home, and had read and loved Obama’s book, “Dreams From My Father,” it was a natural fit.
Mary’s generous spirit and boundless energy brought more opportunities along the way. She traveled to Iowa, Indiana and Pennsylvania and knocked on doors, attended meetings, made phone calls, and learned the basics of grass-roots activism from the ground up. She met an eye-opening variety of like-minded people along the way to her position on national finance campaign committees for Candidate Obama.
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