By LILY TINOCO | Reporter
Sponsors and guests gathered for a fundraiser in Pacific Palisades for former vice president and 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden on Thursday, November 14.
More than 100 attendees—comprised of both kids and adults—gathered in support of Biden at an evening-time reception at the Palisades home of Lanette Phillips, music video producer, and Rick Lynch, partner of the entertainment marketing firm BLT Communications.
This is the second time Phillips offered to host an event for Biden.
“I held an event for him back when he was running for president in 2007 at my home in the Palisades, and ever since then have stayed close friends with the Biden family,” Phillips said to the Palisadian-Post. “So it was an obvious choice for me to host his fundraiser for this primary.”
This time Phillips was joined by Alyssa Milano, Paul Vizcaino and others as co-hosts.
Tickets for the event were priced at $500 and $2,800. Those who contributed the latter were given the opportunity to have their portrait taken with Biden before his speech.
Biden stayed afterward to interact with guests, shake their hands and take selfies. Phillips described it as an extraordinary and intimate event that gave supporters the chance to have a conversation with him.
“It wasn’t a debate stage, it wasn’t a big rally, it was very special,” Phillips said.
Guests also enjoyed a performance by musician Don Randi.
The Palisades fundraiser was part of an effort to raise money for Biden’s presidential campaign and only one of a series of his Southland stops. Earlier Thursday, Biden spoke to supporters at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College and The Riveter in West Los Angeles.
Biden tackled an array of topics in his speeches, including climate change, gun violence, and violence against girls and women.
“He clearly stated the issues we face and laid out his vision on how he will restore faith and trust in our institutions, bring good judgement back to world affairs, bridge political divides and allow all of us to feel that the progress we want to see in the world on issues we care about most will once again be put front and center in Washington and across the globe if he were elected,” Phillips shared.
City News Service contributed to this report.
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