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Jeb Bush’s “Mission: NEXT” bundler program lands in Miami Sept. 24

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Mission: NEXT, Jeb Bush’s NASA-inspired bundler program for young Republicans, lands in Miami next month for a fundraising reception hosted by Jeb Bush, Jr.

The event, which focuses on donors under 40, begins 7:30 p.m. Thursday, September 24 at American Social, 690 SW 1st Court in Miami. Evening reception tickets start at $250 – with a special $100 reception ticket for individuals under 30.

A spot as co-chair costs $1,000 and includes a pre-reception for two and entry to the evening reception. To co-host is $500, which guarantees entry for two to the evening reception.

Mission: NEXT, which the Washington Post called the 2016 version of George W. Bush’s successful “Mavericks” bundler program, has a decidedly space theme – a nod to Bush’s home state of Florida. There are three ties of donors: Apollo (for those raising $75,000), Endeavour (at least $150,000) and Voyager (the top-tier of $250,000 minimum).

Jeb Bush Jr. co-chairs the project with his brother, Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, for what they call a “central program for youth involvement in the campaign” to support their father, the former Florida governor and Republican presidential candidate.

Honorary co-chairs include a roster of top young Republican politicos, mostly from the Miami area: U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo, Attorney General Pam Bondi, State Sen. Anitere Flores, State Reps. Erik Fresen, Frank Artiles, Michael Bileca, Jose Felix Diaz, Manny Diaz, Jr., Jose Oliva, Holly Raschein, Carlos Trujillo and Broward County Commissioner Chip Lamarca.

Co-chairs also include Miami real estate broker Andres Asion, lobbyists Slater Bayliss and Luis Andre Gazitua, financial advisor Edward Crawford IV, attorney Daniel Diaz Leyva and Nicole Valls of the Valls Group.

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Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at [email protected] and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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