The most expensive playdate ever First Lady joins host Gwen Stefani as Hollywood stars pay $2,500 each to bring their children along to Obama fundraiser400 people attended event at the singer's home on Sunday, the latest in a string of Obama fundraisers across the country
21:49 GMT, 13 August 2012
A neon pink-clad Gwen Stefani played host to Michelle Obama yesterday, with a family-friendly fundraiser at her LA home.
The First Lady was guest of honour at the party, titled Sunday of Fun. It was attended by 400 people, each paying upwards of $2,500 for a family of four.
The event was the latest in a string of star-studded Obama fundraisers, including one attended by the President in Connecticut at the home of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein last week, and another in New York hosted by Anna Wintour and Sarah Jessica Parker last month.
The most glamorous playdate ever A neon pink-clad Gwen Stefani with First Lady Michelle Obama was snapped by designer Clare Vivier at a fundraiser in LA on Sunday
Among the guests were designer Clare Vivier, who snapped a photo of Mrs Obama and Ms Stefani walking together at the event.
Captioned: 'Power Women', it showed
the singer looking typically glamorous in a neon pink jumpsuit. Mrs
Obama also looked elegant in a knee-length navy dress.
reports that Nicole Richie and husband Joel Madden both attended with
their two children. Television star Alyson Hannigan and her family were
also in attendance.
celebrity who was unexpectedly absent was Ms Stefani's rocker husband
Gavin Rossdale who is currently on the European leg of his band's tour.
Party with the stars: The event attracted 400 people, each paying upwards of $2,500 for a family of four
'I want to thank Gwen, in
particular, for being so kind and gracious and hosting us all here at
her beautiful home. And even though Gavin [Rossdale] couldn't be here, I
also want to say a special thank you to him as well, and also to
Kingston and Zuma,' Mrs Obama said.
mean, they are letting all of us just enter their house, all the chaos,
and they're being so good about it today. So thank you, guys, for
letting us come – indeed.'
The fundraiser had a casual theme that
was meant to attract families, enticing politically-active parents to
bring their children along with them for some games and food and
hopefully a word with Mrs Obama.
In keeping with the theme of the
event, that chaos included a tennis court arranged with red, white and
blue balloons in the shape of the American flag.
Behind the black velvet rope: Gwen Stefani Tweeted a picture of her backyard while set up was beginning
Fan girl: The rocker Tweeted about her excitement leading up to the event
Surrounding the display, there were stalls arranged for children to get temporary tattoos and balloon animals.
Happy guests: One attendee posted an Instagram picture with Arrested Development actor Jeffrey Tambor
Mrs Obama made a point to speak to both the children and the adults in the audience during her brief remarks.
'Barack can't do it alone. He's not Spider-Man. He's not a superhero. He's a human, so we need your help,' she said.
am not just talking to the adults here today. I am talking to the young
people here as well. All of our young people – you might not be old
enough to vote. You vote at school, I know – I met several young people
who are going to be voting for my husband, who are 10 and under – we
accept those votes,' she said to a laughing crowd.
'But you can play an important role in this election, too. I want you all to feel empowered.'
Ahead of the event, Ms Stefani
tweeted her excitement at playing host to the First Lady. She told her
Twitter followers: 'Getting ready for Michelle Obama to come for a
She added shortly after: 'The first lady is here!'
Famous families: Alyson Hannigan and her family are thought to have attended (left) as well as Joel Madden, Nicole Richie and their children (right)
Band mates: Gwen Stefani (center right) was the main host of the event, though two of her bandmates Adrian Young (left) and Tony Kanal (center left) were confirmed attendees
But, proving even the yummiest mommies are vulnerable to sartorial mishaps, she admitted: 'Zuma cried all over my pink top! Oh well mom central gx.'
As his wife was partying with Hollywood's A-list in LA, President Obama was hosting another fundraiser at his home in Chicago's Kenwood neighborhood.
He welcomed about 75 of his top donors who
wished the president a belated happy birthday – No. 51 – and gave big
bucks to his re-election campaign.
Political parent: Stefani's two sons Zuma (left) and Kingston (center) were both present
It was part of a full day of hometown
fundraising for Mr Obama, who was expected to haul in $3.5 million to $4
million to fuel his campaign against Republican Mitt Romney.
'Welcome to my house!' he said, greeting donors, most of whom paid $40,000 per person to attend.
'I have to say, the lawn hasn't looked
this good in a while. But I figured, but at least Michelle figured,
that if everyone was coming over we ought to neaten up a little bit.'
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Home visit: President Obama boarding Air Force One today after hosting two fundraisers in Chicago yesterday
His next fundraiser was at the home of Marty Nesbitt, one of his closest friends, followed by another at the home of Barbara Bowman, the mother of Valerie Jarrett, a longtime adviser and friend.
Nesbitt's home was so close that the president decided to walk, slinging his black blazer over his left shoulder while he was trailed by Secret Service agents and his entourage.
He shook hands with cheering neighbors and gave a local TV crew a presidential shout-out for his favorite baseball team, the Chicago White Sox.