Cher set to headline Halloween fundraiser for Clinton

Chad Livengood
Detroit News Lansing Bureau

Singer Cher will headline a Halloween fundraiser to aid Hillary Clinton’s Democratic presidential campaign at the Bloomfield Hills home of attorney Joumana Kayrouz.

The Clinton campaign is billing Monday’s Cher fundraiser as “a once-in-a-lifetime evening to share with friends and other Hillary supporters” eight days before Election Day, according to a fundraiser invitation obtained by The Detroit News. Clinton will not be attending the event.

“Cher has been crisscrossing the country to discuss her views on this election and Donald Trump (which you may have seen on Twitter), and we are so incredibly fortunate to be able to welcome her to Michigan,” the fundraiser invitation says.

Kayrouz, the Southfield personal injury attorney who’s face is plastered across billboards and buses across Metro Detroit, said Wednesday she is planning to host 300 people for the fundraiser at her home.

“I believe in the cause and I try to do everything I can to help them fundraise,” said Kayrouz, who frequently hosts fundraisers for Democrats at her home. “I understand that it’s almost sold out.”

Kayrouz’s most recent fundraiser was for the Michigan Democratic Party in August.

Kayrouz said the Clinton campaign wanted her to host former President Bill Clinton on Sept. 5 while he was in Detroit for the city’s Labor Day parade. But Kayrouz said she was unable to pull together the last-minute request.

When asked how she scored a fundraiser featuring Cher, Kayrouz replied: “Why wouldn’t I score that?”

The fundraiser with Cher will benefit the Hillary Victory Fund, a joint-fundraising venture between the Clinton campaign, the Democratic National Committee and state Democratic parties.

Clinton supporters who donate $5,000 to the Hillary Victory Fund can co-host the event and get a picture with Cher. A $1,000 donation also will get a photo with the 70-year-old singer.

The other tickets cost $250 and $125, though there’s limited availability for the cheapest ticket, according to the fundraiser invitation.

The Hillary Victory Fund received at least $2.4 million from Michigan donors in the quarter ending Sept. 30, and at least $1 million was transferred to the Clinton campaign, according to Federal Election Commission reports.

Contributions to the Hillary Victory Fund included $218,500 from homemaker Gretchen Gonzales Davidson of Birmingham in August and $100,000 from Mohammad Qazi, who is CEO of Ciena Healthcare Management in Southfield. Davidson is the wife of Ethan Daniel Davidson, the son of the late William Davidson, former owner of the Detroit Pistons.

Other contributors included $59,400 from the Tribe of Chippewa Indians in Sault St. Marie, FEC records show.

Kayrouz said she was told Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan was helping round up donors to attend the event.

Kayrouz said she doesn’t plan to wear a Halloween costume, but she expects there will be attendees dressed like Cher and maybe even herself.

“A couple of people have already told me they’re going to come dressed as me with the long big wig. I think I’m going to be just me,” Kayrouz said. “I’m sure tons of people will come dressed as Cher and get her attention.”

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Staff Writer Melissa Nann Burke contributed to this report.