Architect Frank Gehry and his wife Berta are hosting Yo-Yo Ma at their Santa Monica home on Aug. 6 to raise money for President Obama’s reelection.
The event costs $2,500 per person, with proceeds going to the Obama Victory Fund. The President is not on the bill, but a number of surrogates are hosting events as pressure is on after Mitt Romney and the Republican National Committee greatly outpaced Obama and the Democrats in fundraising in June. George Clooney is among the hosts of an Obama fundraiser in Geneva in late August, and Jared Leto hosted an event for the President at Soho House in West Hollywood last month.
First Lady Michelle Obama will headline a fundraiser on Aug. 12 at the Beverly Hills home of Gwen Stefani. The event is billed as a “Sunday of fun,” with members of No Doubt and their families also present. Tickets start at $2,500 per family of four, $5,000 for a photo op (couple), $8,000 for a photo op (family) and $25,000 for event co-chairs. Obama also is expected to raise money at two other events in her visit to Los Angeles.
Word is Obama himself will visit some time in September, although the schedule has changed rather rapidly in the race for campaign dollars.
Yo-Yo Ma performed at Obama’s inauguration, and the President awarded him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2010.