Daniel Powell 10:27 a.m., Dec. 25
Surfing for Dollars with Brian Bilbray and Fred Hemmings
Next up on 2012's calendar of local GOP fundraisers is congressman Brian Bilbray's "Birthday Celebration Reception and Dinner" at Shelter Island's Bali Hai restaurant.
Featured guests at the January 26 event are "surfing legends Hawaii Senator Fred Hemmings (ret) & Don Hansen," says an invitation on the county Republican website.
Hemmings, who won the Makaha International Surfing Championship four times and is a member of the Hawaii State Sports Hall of Fame, later became a surfing promoter and was a longtime Hawaiian state senator until retiring in 2010.
In July 2010, his wife Lydia Hemmings was sentenced to community service and fined $4500 after copping a plea to misdemeanor charges of theft from a nonprofit she ran.
According to a report by Hawaii News Now, "Deputy Attorney General Lance Goto says Mrs. Hemmings stole about $4,000 from Blueprint for Change, an organization that fights for the safety and well-being of at-risk children, while she was its executive director."
Hansen runs Hansen's Surf Shop in Encinitas.
Other honorees at the Bilbray event are Republican Congressmen Dana Rohrabacher and Duncan D. Hunter.
Cost is $250 a person, $2500 for a table.
Pictured: Brian Bilbray