Robin Hunt will attend President's two New York fundraisers...
UPDATE: The post about the evening is here
Robin Hunt (l), a healthcare worker from Baltimore, MD, is the winner of “A New York Night,” Obama 2012's online contest to attend the Thursday night fundraising dinner at the Manhattan home of Sex and the City star Sarah Jessica Parker. Hunt will meet President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at the $40,000/ticket event for fifty guests, co-hosted by Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour. (Above: The contest entry form)
Hunt is bringing her mother Elvita as her guest, according to a campaign official, and the two will attend the President's second fundraiser of the night, too.
Trombone Shorty, who recently performed at the White House, will entertain the guests at Parker's townhouse. Then it's on to the second fundraising event at the Plaza Hotel, where pop diva Mariah Carey will give a command performance during a $10,000/ticket dinner for 250 attendees. The President will be introduced by the First Lady at the event. Newark Mayor Cory Booker--apparently now out of hot water with the campaign--and singer Alicia Keys will also deliver remarks at the event.
"Robin is originally from Winston-Salem, NC and currently lives in Baltimore, MD, said a campaign official. She is Sr. Project Administrator & New Clinical Building Planning & Activation Manager at Johns Hopkins Health System.
"As a health care worker, she supports education and preventive health initiatives, such as those included in the Affordable Care Act, to improve the quality of life for all Americans regardless of income," noted the campaign.
Hunt's mother Elvita lives in Winston-Salem and is retired from her role as an executive assistant at Winston-Salem State University, according to the campaign.
Hunt will be paying all applicable taxes on the assigned retail value of $1,900 for the prize package, which includes coach-class airfare and a one-night hotel stay. She also had to pass a background check and agree to be used without compensation throughout eternity in Obama campaign promotional materials.
Billed by OFA as "A New York Night with The President, First Lady, and Sarah Jessica Parker," the contest opened for entries on May 18 and closed on June 4th. The push for donations included Parker filming a 30-second TV spot for the dinner that aired three times during the 2012 MTV Movie Awards on June 3rd. Wintour sent her own e-mail and filmed a video, warning the winner not to be late. Mrs. Obama wooed donors via e-mail, too.
Proceeds from both events will go to the Obama Victory Fund, a joint fundraising committee of Obama for America, the Democratic National Committee and several state Democratic parties.
On Friday, President Obama will have lunch in Washington, DC with the winners of the 'Dinner with Barack IV' contest. The next round of contest winners, for 'Dinner with Barack V,' will be flown to join the President on the campaign trail.
*Hunt's photo courtesy of her profile on LinkedIn