Washington (CNN) - The gay conservative organization GOProud will hold a fundraiser next week at the Virginia home of Republican strategist Mary Matalin, following its successful, yet controversial, participation in the recent Conservative Political Action Conference.
Tickets for the "Party on the Potomac" event run $500 per person and GOProud Chairman Christopher Barron said that the goal is to raise $100,000. Former Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman, who revealed last year that he was gay, will be among those attending the event at Matalin's home, Barron said. (Matalin is a CNN contributor.)
The American Conservative Union, which organizes CPAC, was criticized by some social conservatives for allowing GOProud to be part of the three-day conference that was held last week in the nation's capital.
And newly installed ACU Chairman Al Cardenas expressed his displeasure with GOProud when Barron called ACU board member Cleta Mitchell a "nasty bigot" in an interview regarding opposition to GOProud's inclusion in the conference. Cardenas left open the possibility that the conservative gay organization would not be welcomed back to next year's conference.
"We are doing our part to reach out to the ACU board to make sure things can be smoother next year," Barron said. "We never wanted this fight. It got a little more heated than I would have liked and I take responsibility for that."
Still, the anti-GOProud sentiment was largely diluted by conservative commentator Ann Coulter's defense of GOProud in her speech at CPAC, as well as conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart's decision to host a party for the organization on the opening night of the conference. GOProud was also responsible for having businessman Donald Trump, who is considering a run for the GOP presidential nomination, address the conference.
Barron and GOProud Executive Director Jimmy LaSalvia founded the organization in April 2009 after working for the Log Cabin Republicans, another gay conservative organization. In the last six months, GOProud has raised $300,000 – donations that are used to advocate for issues ranging from tax cuts and Social Security reform to national defense.
Barron and LaSalvia said the organization is growing and will expand from two full-time staffers and one part-time aide to five full-time staffers by the end of June.
As for the controversy regarding the anti-GOProud sentiment harbored by some Republicans, LaSalvia said that the overwhelming majority of attacks on the organization come from liberals not conservatives.
"Ninety percent of the attacks are from the left," he said.