[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/07/04/art.palincampaigning0704.gi.jpg caption="The Iowa Republican Party wants Sarah Palin to visit its state."](CNN) - Who wouldn't want a big name to headline a major fundraiser? And the Iowa Republican Party is going after one of the biggest draws right now, Sarah Palin.
As first reported in the Des Moines Register and confirmed by CNN, the state GOP is courting the Alaska governor to be the keynote speaker at their annual Ronald Reagan dinner this autumn. The event is the party's largest fundraiser of the year, and has become a popular stop for White House hopefuls.
Aides to Palin have not immediately responded to inquires from CNN regarding whether the outgoing governor will attend the dinner.
Palin shocked many across the country last week when she announced that she would not only not run for re-election next year, but that she would resign as governor later this month.
The stunning announcement sparked debate on whether Palin's decision would be a benefit or a detriment if she decided to make a bid for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination.
Iowa is a crucial state in the race to the White House. The state's caucuses kick off the presidential primary season.