WUFT News

Tickets available for Michelle Obama visit

By on September 13th, 2012

The Obama for America campaign confirmed that First Lady Michelle Obama will be speaking to supporters at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center Monday at 3:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, though tickets are required due to space limitations.

The whole center will be open for the event, UF spokesman Steve Orlando said.

Tickets will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis at Gate 1 of the O’Connell Center at 6 p.m Wednesday. The campaign said Friday that it did not know how many tickets had been distributed or how many remained.

Students on the UF campus were eager to claim their tickets for the event.

Jessica Poitevein, a 22-year-old linguistics and Spanish student at UF, waited outside the building around noon. She’s a Barack Obama supporter and said she’s a huge fan of the first lady, too.

“I’ve always wanted to see her in person, I’ve always wanted to go to a rally. I never had one close enough to me until now,” Poitevein said.

George Pappas / WUFT-FM

Jessica Poitevein, a 22-year-old UF student, addresses the line of students that gathered outside the Stephen C. O'Connell Center early Thursday afternoon to claim tickets to listen to Michelle Obama.

Poitevein helped organize the line as it snaked around the O’Connell Center and informed other students that gathered of the ticket distribution procedure after speaking with facility personnel.

“I just think it’s going to be an amazing atmosphere,” she said. “I feel most of the people in this line probably have their minds made up about who they are going to vote for. This is really just going to get people excited and really motivated to vote in November, and that’s why I’m here.”

Other tickets will be distributed at the Organizing for America offices, the Alachua Democratic Executive Committee and the Oak Grove at Santa Fe College.

Gainesville is the first of two Florida stops the first lady will make on Monday as part of the Obama campaign’s “It Takes One” effort to help grow the president’s national grassroots networks. Obama is scheduled to make her second appearance at 6:55 p.m. at the Leon County Civic Center in Tallahassee.

Updated by Kelly Price. 


This entry was posted in Local, National, Politics and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.
 

More Stories in Local

Larneice Williams brings her 6-year-old Chihuahua, Mr. King, to the St. Francis Pet Care  every other Tuesday to get his routinely checkup and food. Mr. King is considered a regular at the clinic.

Clinic Offers Health Care For Pets Every Tuesday

The Saint Francis House Pet Care Clinic provides free non-emergency health care for pets of economically troubled owners four times a month. In the colder months, they give out cold weather clothes and blankets because homeless shelters do not allow animals unless they are service animals.


Rozie Smith, a volunteer with Food4Kids Backpack program works together with fellow volunteer, Brantley Mason, to put together a canned food box at the organization’s warehouse as the holiday season approaches

Local Organization Fills Christmas Spirit “One Belly At A Time”

Food4Kids Backpack Program of North Florida Inc., is furthering its year-round fight against food insecurity for youth by providing food during the winter holidays to students who mainly rely on meals during school hours.


The drop box for letters to Santa stands at the left entrance of the Gainesville Post Office. Mail handlers check the drop box for submissions four to five times a day.

Operation Santa Seeks Benefactors

Gainesville Post Office participates in the Santa Operation program for the first time. The program started receiving letters from across the country starting Dec. 2, and it will match the benefactors until Monday.


Alachua County migrant children receive gifts from the Angel Tree charity project last Christmas. 

Photo courtesy of Alachua County Multi-County Migrant Education program.

Angel Tree Shines Light On Migrant Families

The Angel Tree Charity Project helps make sure struggling migrant families have a normal Christmas. Hundreds of families are helped with the charity project.


Newnans Lake, shown here near 7400 E. University Ave., in Gainesville, Fla.

Alachua County Receives Florida’s 36th State Forest

The 1,000-plus acres of diverse land west of Newnans Lake in Gainesville will provide bicycle and hiking trails for the public in spring 2015.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Day Sponsorship Payments
Underwriting Payments