by: Alan Cavanna Updated:CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
Democratic National Convention officials called the event an overwhelming success for Charlotte.
They threw a final party Friday for the thousands of volunteers who worked during the convention.
The convention's CEO said 18 months of planning made for a smooth event, and he thanked everyone who had a hand in making it work.
"Every step of the way, we planned appropriately and we made the right call," CEO Steve Kerrigan said. "So I don't think we could've done anything differently, other than if there was some way to pray and scare away weather."
Kerrigan said they needed 7,500 volunteers for the DNC. They ended up with 16,000.