When officials at Lubbock Christian School were pondering who should headline their annual benefit dinner for the 350-student institution in northwest Texas, someone suggested inviting Sarah Palin.

“We all laughed and said, ‘That’s impossible,’ ” recalled Peter Dahlstrom, the school’s superintendent. “She would be too busy or it would be too expensive.”

He was shocked when the answer came back from Palin’s camp: yes. With the assistance of some local families, the school paid the former Alaska governor a fee he was not allowed to disclose, and she spent the evening of Jan. 24 speaking before a sold-out crowd of 1,400 at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center.

“It was something pretty unique for a country guy like me,” said Dahlstrom, who weeks later was still puzzling over the school’s luck.

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