Obamas’ Fundraising Includes Bowling Party, Cocktails With De Niros

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0  Updated at 11:14 am, March 19th, 2012 By: ABC Digital
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SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Fresh off an all-day Friday fundraising swing that landed close to $5 million for the 2012 campaign, President Obama and the first lady are kicking off the week with another round of money events expected to raise at least $1.2 million more.

The president Monday afternoon will host a private, roundtable discussion with 20 of his wealthiest supporters at the W Hotel in Washington, D.C.  Tickets to the event – Obama’s 109th of the election – were $35,800 apiece, a campaign official said.

Meanwhile, Michelle Obama will travel to New York City to host a colorful duo of fundraisers that include a bowling party at Chelsea Piers and cocktails with Hollywood stars.

The first event, billed as a “Family Game Night,” will draw at least 400 supporters at the “300 New York” bowling alley on Manhattan’s West Side, a campaign official said.  The invitation lists three tiers of ticket prices: from $150 to attend as a guest (no bowling); $250 per person for bowling shoes and a spot on a lane; and $5,000 for bowling and a photo with the first lady.

She will later attend a star-studded cocktail reception in TriBeCa at the Locanda Verde at the Greenwich Hotel, which is described on its website as a “casual, energetic, affordable Italian tavern” offering “soul-satisfying riffs on Italian cooking.”

The event will be hosted by actress and philanthropist Grace Hightower De Niro and her husband, actor Robert De Niro, according to a copy of the invitation obtained by ABC News.  The host committee also includes Whoopi Goldberg, Angela Bassett, Star Jones, Tina Knowles, Tonya Lewis Lee, Alfre Woodard, Lynn Whitfield, Lisa Ellis and Peg Alston.

About 90 donors are expected for the reception, the campaign said, with tickets starting at $5,000 for a photo with Obama and a cocktail, $25,000 to mingle with her.

All proceeds from Monday’s events benefit the Obama Victory Fund, a joint fundraising account that funnels cash to both the Obama campaign and Democratic National Committee.

Michelle Obama will round out her visit to the Big Apple with an appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman to promote her Joining Forces initiative, which raises awareness of the need to support military veterans and their families.

The Obama campaign said today that it raised $45 million in February, roughly 50 percent more than its January total, but behind its record-setting fundraising pace of four years ago.

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