The event is hosted by designer Michael Smith and James Costos, the former U.S. ambassador to Spain, with a list of co-hosts that include Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw, Martha Karsh and Wendy Schmidt. First Lady Jill Biden and former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also are scheduled to appear.
This will be the president’s first trek to Los Angeles for a fundraising swing since announcing reelection in April. He skipped Los Angeles during the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strike, out of concern over raising money at the time of the work stoppage.
Others chairing or hosting the event include Ted Boutrous and Helen Boutrous, Rick Caruso and Tina Caruso, Peter Chernin and Megan Chernin, Morgan Cox and Derrall Hill Jr., John Emerson and Kimberly Marteau Emerson, Jim Gianopulos and Ann Gianopulos, Brian Goldsmith and Claire Goldsmith, Russell Goldsmith and Karen Goldsmith, Carol Hamilton and David Khon, Matthew Orr and Sybil Robson Orr, Ron Reiner and Michele Reiner, Stewart Resnick and Lynda Resnick, Shonda Rhimes, Bui Simon, Bob Tuttle and Maria Hummer Tuttle, Nicole Baker and Eric Baker, David Bohnett and the Human Rights Campaign PAC.
Tickets for the event sold out at the $1,000 level and now start at $3,300, rising to $500,000 for the “chair” level. Access to a photo line starts with those who contribute $25,000 or more, according to the invite.
Biden is arriving in Los Angeles on Friday and has another fundraising event scheduled for Saturday. He is scheduled to depart on Sunday.