First Lady Michelle Obama will speak at a luncheon campaign fundraiser at the Calabasas home of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith Thursday morning.
The $2500-minimum plate luncheon, scheduled for 11:30 a.m., will benefit the Obama Victory Fund 2012 and is expected to draw the likes of Salma Hayek, Kawanna Brown, Rebecca Carter and Mai Lassiter.
“Myself and a group of incredible women are throwing a fundraiser for our First Lady,” Pinkett Smith recently posted on Facebook. “With the help of the donations that were made from this page, we have the possibility of exceeding any amount raised for a seated First Lady in the history of the United States.”
Donations of $10,000 will earn attendees a photo with Michelle Obama and for $40,000, they can “co-host” the event, garnering them the opportunity to greet the First Lady in addition to a photo and meal.
Those who can’t afford the luncheon can still donate, urged the hostess, who is also an actress/producer/director, author and activist against human trafficking—a cause President Barack Obama has announced new steps in combating as a part the new Clinton Global Initiative he introduced last month.
Judging by Pinkett Smith's own web site, which brandishes the logo of an organization dedicated to fighting what’s being called modern day slavery, it’s an important issue for the star, and one of many reasons she’s drawing out Tinsel Town's leading ladies to raise funds for the Obama-Biden ticket.
“Approximately 250 guests are expected to attend,” a campaign official told Patch. “Proceeds will benefit the Obama Victory Fund, a joint fundraising committee of Obama for America, the Democratic National Committee and several state Democratic parties."
The first $2,500 in contributions from each attendee or couple will go toward general election costs for the Obama for America campaign, according to the Obama Victory Fund 2012 web site.
For contributions exceeding that amount, the first $30,800 goes to the Democratic National Committee and any additional money thereafter will get divided among state Democratic Party committees.
While Lt. Jim Royal of the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff's Station said no plans are in place to provide extra manpower to the Smith estate, which is located along a scenic stretch of road off Mulholland Highway, the Secret Service has indicated it will provide security for the First Lady.
As to how, the agency was characteristically elusive.
"We don't elaborate or even discuss our protocols," said Special Agent Joseph Beatty, adding that the agency will use "the same measures we always put in place where our protectees go."
The First Lady has played a vital role in the presidential campaign, which may not come as a surprise to Pinkett-Smith.
"…Women working together no matter race, color, religious beliefs, economics, etc… Can change the world…TOGETHER,” she wrote in a recent Facebook post.