De Blasio To Host High-Dollar Fundraiser at Waldorf Astoria

Bill de Blasio is headed to the Waldorf Astoria next month for a high-dollar fundraiser, a clear sign that his ambitions lay beyond the public advocate’s office. 

The host committee for the event features a lot of names recognizable to political watchers, and shows what kind of coalition de Blasio would be able to pull together if he runs for higher office.

Included on the invitation is Reshma Saujani, the former congressional challenger to Carolyn Maloney; her former consultant and current Alec Baldwin spokesman Matt Hiltzik; former council speaker Peter Vallone, Sr.; Rudy cousin Catherine Giuliani; Ravi Batra, who used to be disgraced Kings County boss Clarence Norman’s attorney; PR specialist Ken Sunshine; and ex-Clinton aide Harold Ickes.

There are also a number of union officials and lobbyists on the list.

Tickets for the event range from $500-$10,000.

Full invite below:


Dear Friend,
On Monday, December 13th, we will host a fundraising reception in support of NYC Public Advocate Bill de Blasio at the Waldorf Astoria from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.
We would be grateful if you would be willing to lend your name to our event invitation and sign up for one of the following host committee levels: $10,000 Co-Chair, $5000 Vice-Chair, $2500 Sponsor or $1000 Host Committee.  Individual tickets for the event start at $500.  Please see below for more details.
As always, we truly appreciate your support, and Bill looks forward to seeing you on December 13th.
Please join us for
a cocktail reception in support of
New York City Public Advocate
Bill de Blasio
Paul Adler • Gina Argento • Tony Argento • Barry Berke • Sid Davidoff
Jon Del Giorno • Vivian & Joseph Douek • Gabrielle Fialkoff • Abe Friedman
Nicholas Gravante, Jr. • Elly Kleinman • Allison Lee • Tondra & Jeffrey Lynford
 Rachel McPherson & W. Patrick McMullan • Elizabeth Sackler
Bruce W. Both • Kuba Brown  John Calvelli • James Claffey, Jr. • Fidel Del Valle
Janice Enright • Matt Hiltzik • Daniel Holt • Harold Ickes • Marianna Koval
Joan & Mark Peters • Pat Purcell
Host Committee
 Marc Agger • Sean Andrews • Peter Aschkenasy • John Banks Christopher Barley & Jonathan Sheffer • Ravi Batra • Chris Carr
Henry Christensen •  Bunny Ellerin & Geoffrey Vincent • Carmen Farina • Al Garner • Catherine Giuliani Nancy Hollander & Ken Sunshine 
Edith Holzer • Jill Iscol • Nur Khan • Tom Kirdahy David Kramer • Mike McGuire • Lee Perlman • Yussi Rieder • Frances A. Resheske 
Jonathan Rose • Jeffrey Sachs • Reshma Saujani • Arnie Segarra • Chris Serino Jo Anne Simon • Jeff Thamkittikasem 
Robert Troeller • Peter Vallone, Sr.

—Event Committee in Formation—
Chair: $10,000
Vice-Chair: $5,000
Sponsor: $2,500
Host Committee: $1,000
Individual: $500
Monday, December 13, 2010
6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.
Waldorf Astoria Hotel
The Louis XVI Suite
301 Park Avenue
New York, NY
For more information or to RSVP, please contact Rafi Jafri at
(917) 975-8565 or


De Blasio To Host High-Dollar Fundraiser at Waldorf Astoria