First Lady's visit good for supporters and Heritage Center

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) -  Thursday was a busy day for First Lady Michelle Obama as she works to gain support and dollars for her husband's re-election campaign.

Mrs. Obama arrived at the The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage in Louisville around 5:00 after a fundraising stop in Cincinnati.

The First Lady had nearly 1000 people lined-up to see her.  Even those who didn't get tickets wanted a glimpse from the sidewalk.

"She has class, she's respectful of all people and we just love her for who she is," said supporter Marna Miller.

Kim Summers brought her young daughter for their piece of history. "She's five years old, " Summers said, "and I'm just imagining she'll probably remember more than I remember at this amazing opportunity."

Our cameras weren't allowed inside the private fundraiser but, the folks who paid from $100 to $2,500 to be there were allowed to flash away.  Mayor Greg Fischer shared one photo.

Other supporters showed off their pictures and home video to WAVE 3 News.

During her 29 minute speech, Mrs. Obama touted her husband's accomplishments, like bringing Osama Bin Laden to justice and she told the crowd President Obama understands the economic troubles people are facing.

It was a short visit, Mrs. Obama left about an hour after she arrived but, she certainly left a lasting impression.  Sabrina Edelen told WAVE 3 News, " Awesome, it was Awesome," she said, " I can't say enough about it."

That type of enthusiasm brought donations to the center itself, that has suffered it's share of money woes.

Sue McNally, a member of the board of directors of the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage told us, "It was great to have Michelle Obama come here, she brought such awareness and a lot of people who didn't know we were here, do now," she continued, "It gave us lots of credibility and it was very exciting and very important for the center overall."

"The center's got a great board of directors who've worked very hard to stabilize the center financially and I think it's on a good path now," said Congressman John Yarmuth who introduced the First Lady on stage Thursday.

Supporter Cynthia Goldsberry said of the center and Mrs. Obama's visit, "The west end gets such a bad rap in terms of criminal activity and that type of thing and I think this is good for the children who live in the area."

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