"They want some change and it's an exciting night for the campaign," says Congressman Tim Griffin.
Congressman Griffin received a nod by name from Romney during a reception of roughly 250 people at the Peabody for his help in securing Arkansas as a state many expect to go Romney's way in November.
"It was awesome, I appreciated that," the congressman said. "We don't expect him to spend a lot of time here when this is not a close race. What we are looking for are ways to help."
And it seems that he has. The event raised over $2 million, with some estimates even doubling it to $4 million.
GOP power players and economic powerhouses from Lt. Governor Mark Darr and Congressman Steve Womack to Warren Stephens and Madison Murphy are all part of the fundraising fabric.
"I just think there's a ton of excitement," says Darr.
And some supporters are unapologetic about the private party atmosphere.
"He's running for president, not justice of the peace," Darr says.