WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton comes home on Thursday for fundraisers, a nostalgic event at the Pickwick Theatre in Park Ridge and then a gathering of Chicago’s most prominent African-American leaders.
Among the hosts at the Clinton event at the Chicago Club are fundraisers for President Barack Obama, a who’s who of Chicago’s black elite: Obama Foundation chair Marty Nesbitt; Johnson Publishing CEO Desiree Rogers; Ariel Investments founder John Rogers; lawyer Chaka Patterson; and Mesirow Financial executive Les Coney.
Other hosts are Barbara Burrell, Leslie Carey, Frank Clark, Nelda Connors, Dedrea and Paul Gray, Pat Harris, Elzie Higginbottom, John Hooker, Monica Hughson, Wilbur C. Milhouse, Langdon Neal, Jason Tyler, Monica Walker, and Frank White.
A “co-host” has to raise at least $10,000, which also gets them a VIP reception with the Democratic front-runner. The $27,000 full host level includes the reception and membership in the Hillary for America Finance Committee, which can lead to special perks at the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia.
Clinton was born in 1947 at Edgewater Hospital on Chicago’s North Side, living at 5722 N. Winthrop until she was 4, when her family moved to 235 Wisner in northwest suburban Park Ridge, a two-story, seven-room Georgian her folks bought for about $21,500.
One of her closest Park Ridge pals, Betsy Ebeling, who will be a Clinton delegate to the Democratic convention, is hosting the funder at the Pickwick — a childhood hangout — along with friends Beth and George Drost and Tracey and Charles Drost.
The price points range from $45 to $2,700, which includes a photo with Clinton, and a VIP reception at the Pickwick for those who raise at least $10,000.