Obama Gains Needed Support from Latino Stars at LA Fundraiser Hosted by Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas

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October 24th in the late evening approximately 7:30pm President Obama visited the home of Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas in Hancock Park, Los Angeles. The private event was the first official Latino fundraiser for Obama’s reelection campaign. Others in attendance who spoke at the event were Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Secretary Hilda L. Solis and Eva Longoria. Source: International Business Advisors, ibafirm.com.

I may be gray but not tired” was one of the memorable statements the president said as he strongly encouraged continued support for his upcoming candidacy.

“I may be gray but not tired” was one of the memorable statements the president said as he strongly encouraged continued support for his upcoming candidacy. Source: International Business Advisors, ibafirm.com

The event was organized by the Futuro Fund, a nonprofit organization out of Austin, Texas that provides grants to deserving organizations that have a positive impact on the Hispanic community. Co-hosts in attendance were “Desperate Housewives” star Eva Longoria and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

Security was tight as LAPD and Secret Service Agents blocked of traffic from 6th street and Wilshire BLVD several blocks from the Banderas home. Guests were allowed in at 5:30pm and were screened by agents in a setting similar to an airport security. According to the level of donation ranging from $5,000 to $35,800 guests were classified into two separate groups.

Inside the Banderas home guests mingled and were treated to fancy hor d'oeuvres and enjoyed serenades of live music. The guest list included actors, politicians and business professionals from across the nation and even as far as Puerto Rico. Some other notables in attendance were, TV personality Giselle Fernandez, Puerto Rican attorney Andres W. Lopez, Texas designer and architect Henry R. Munoz and Illinois attorney Manuel "Manny" Sanchez, head coach Greg Popovich, Gorge Lopez, Don Johnson, Marcus Holliman, L.A. Councilman Tom LaBonge.    

Obama arrived later to the Banderas home between 7:00 and 7:30pm where a tent and podium area was setup so that guests with higher access could mingle with the President and have their picture taken before the speaking engagement began.

The address opened with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa who wore a presidential suit with a red tie and delivered motivational words about how critical the time was for Latino supporters to rally around Obama.

Secretary Solis spoke on the importance of new job creation and Eva Longoria spoke on Latino cultural issues and shared the podium with Obama as she introduced him.

President Obama took a few minutes to reflect on the relationship and gratitude he had for Eva Longoria and then began his address. Obama assured all that he had not forgotten about Latinos and hinted on his concern for Immigration issues. He also spoke on the current Job situation and Mortgage crisis. In his summation which lead to standing ovations when he said “The journey is far from over, I may be more gray but I’m not tired”. Standing to his right side in applause was Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas.

In attendance - Event Chair, Marcus Holliman, member of Economic Development Advisory Committiee, Laredo Texas can be reached at marcusholliman(at)gmail(dot)com, marcusholliman.com

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