President Obama to Speak at USC Shoah Foundation Gala

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President Obama will be the featured speaker at the USC Shoah Foundation’s 20th anniversary gala on May 7.

Steven Spielberg, the founder of the organization, will present Obama with its Ambassador for Humanity Award, its highest honor.

“President Obama’s commitment to democracy and human rights has long been felt,” Spielberg said. “As a constitutional scholar and as president, his interest in expanding justice and opportunity for all is remarkably evident. The president’s recent appointment of the first special envoy for Holocaust Survivor Services in United States history demonstrates his staunch commitment to honoring the past while building a better future.”

TNT is the presenting sponsor of the event. Tickets and tables are available at the foundation benefit line, 818-777-7876, or

Obama’s appearance at the event will come during a trip to Los Angeles.

His itinerary also includes a fundraiser, unrelated to the Shoah Foundation event, for congressional candidates at the home of Disney Studios chief Alan Horn.

According to a copy of the fundraising invite, the dinner starts at $10,000 per guest, with a photo opportunity. For a $32,400 contribution, a couple gets access to dinner, the photo opportunity and a VIP reception. A $64,800 contribution per couple is for a VIP “clutch,” reception, dinner and photo opportunity. Contributions go to the House Senate Victory Fund, a joint fund of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

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  1. johntshea says:

    So, $22,400 extra for ‘access to dinner’. But does ‘access’ mean you can actually EAT it? Does it include dessert? Coffee? What’s on the menu?

    As for the $32,400 extra VIP clutch, does that include installation? Is it heavy duty? What if your car has automatic transmission?

    PS More seriously, bravo to the USC Shoah Foundation!

  2. FTCS says:

    Thank God. It’s been almost a month since Obama played with the King of Jordan in Palm Springs. I know all those in LA miss his visits and HUGE IMPACT on traffic.

    Okay, Obama has done Dreamworks Animation for Jeffrey, now this for Steven and Shoah, plus, he will no doubt collect more show biz political contributions from his other Hollywood pals while getting this award.

    Only three years left, and you know Obama will be coming here over and over to get the ‘love and money’ from his Hollywood buds who can’t get enough of him.

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