Premier Kathy Dunderdale once again lauded the Muskrat Falls project at a PC party fundraiser Wednesday night.

She hosted the dinner at the St. John's Convention Centre, which cost the 650 supporters in attendance $500 a plate.

Dunderdale's speech included her often-repeated defence of the hydroelectric megaproject.

"Enabling us to do an end run around Quebec's blockade of our development," she said to much applause.

Tommy Williams, the fundraising chair for the Tories, said he expected to raise more than $100,000.

"It's the most substantial fundraising event that we do," he said.

"We obviously have a corporate campaign, and we have an annual golf tournament. But this is our big event on an annual basis."