Published: Feb 16, 2011 7:44 PM EST
Updated: Feb 16, 2011 4:44 PM EST

WASHINGTON - Congressional friends of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, the Tucson congresswoman shot in January, are holding a campaign fundraiser next month for her 2012 election.

Democrats Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Rep. Adam Smith of Washington and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida are co-chairs of the March 15 reception in Washington for the wounded Arizona congresswoman.

"We are so proud of her as she continues to make incredible strides in her recovery," the three lawmakers wrote in a letter included with the invitation. "We look forward to seeing her again soon and to the day that she will rejoin us in the halls of Congress."

The lawmakers wrote that they were seeking support for the fundraising event so Giffords could focus on the "important work of her recovery."

Several other lawmakers are hosting the event, including House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer.

Giffords was gravely wounded last month when she was shot in the head during a shooting rampage in Tucson, Ariz., that killed six and injured 12 others.

After two weeks in intensive care, she was moved to Houston, where her family and staff have reported in recent days that she can walk the halls of the hospital holding onto a cart and can mouth the words to simple songs.

Giffords' most recent campaign committee report showed her with an account balance of $285,501 at the end of last year.

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