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Posted: Tuesday, August 3, 2010 9:42 am | Updated: 9:18 pm, Wed Sep 11, 2013.

Former Alaska governor and 2008 vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin has been booked for the Pennsylvania Family Institute's annual fundraiser in Hershey later this month.

Palin will headline the conservative group's Aug. 27 "Salute to the American Family" banquet at the Hershey Lodge, said the institute's executive director, Elizabethtown resident Michael Geer.

Palin's speech is expected to have a pro-life and pro-family theme, said Geer.

"I think her theme will fit well with Central Pennsylvania and Lancaster County values," said Geer.

Individual tickets to the 7 p.m. banquet are $200. Table sponsorships are $2,000.

Geer declined to say whether Palin was being paid a speaker's fee for the event, but she has collected as much as $75,000 from similar events, including one at California State University earlier this summer.

The Pennsylvania Family Institute's banquet is traditionally held in Lancaster and is a big draw.

Past speakers have included Fox News host and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former U.S. Sen. Zell Miller, Iran-Contra Affair point man Oliver North, Sept. 11 widow Lisa Beamer and Dr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family.

"This is the first year we're not doing it in Lancaster," Geer said. "This year we're in Hershey because we thought Sarah Palin would have a statewide draw."

Geer said he expects well over 1,000 to attend the event.

Advance reservations are required.

For more information, call the institute at 991-6470 or 545-0600.

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