(CNN) - Sarah Palin will deliver the closing address at February's closely-watched Conservative Political Action Conference after declining invitations to the annual event in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
In a statement Thursday, an organizer of the event said Palin was a "hero" to American conservatives.
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"Few national conservative leaders in America today energize and inspire our grassroots activists like Governor Sarah Palin. Her strong record of leadership, championing of our shared principles and magnetic personality have made Sarah Palin a hero to millions of conservatives across the country," American Conservative Union Chairman Al Cardenas said.
Palin's appearance would be her first time speaking at the event, Cardenas said in his statement. Other figures who have delivered the closing remarks at CPAC have included Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and Rep. Allen West.
Last year, Palin made waves when she declined an invitation to speak at the event, which has become a hot ticket for Republicans. A spokesman for CPAC said at the time that scheduling conflicts prevented the former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate from attending.
In 2011, the event featured a number of current White House hopefuls, including former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
Both Gingrich and Romney have confirmed they will speak at this year's conference, which will take place between Feb. 9 and Feb. 11. Fellow GOP hopeful Rick Santorum will also address the crowd of influential conservatives.