CHICAGO (JGL) – Filipino American Loida Nicolas Lewis hosted a $10,000-a-plate (P440,000) fundraiser of President Barack Obama in her luxury Upper East Side penthouse in Manhattan, New York city last Monday evening, May 4.
It was one of the two fundraisers Obama attended to prop up the Democratic Party’s coffers for the 2016 presidential race.
Together, the fundraising events netted US$1.6-M (P70-M).
About 60 people attended Lewis’ event that must have netted $600,000 (P26.4-M). Among those in attendance were Wendell Pierce of HBO fame in “The Wire” and “Treme,” and Baltimore Orioles slugger Adam Jones.
The Washington Post described Lewis as seated at the head of the table, wearing a diamond brooch and the widow of the man who was once the country’s richest African American, the late Reginald Lewis. He was the owner and CEO of European snack company Beatrice Foods, the first black American to own a billion-dollar company. When he died of a brain tumor in 1993, her wife, Loida, a multimillionaire.
“It is wonderful to see so many old friends and a few new ones,” Obama told those in attendance. “We’ve seen five years straight of job growth. Stock market is booming. Almost every economic indicator you can think of, we are doing better than when I came into office.”
The remarks were well applauded by those in attendance that included Loida’s daughter, Leslie Lewis Sword, who actually threw the cocktail party. Sword, a Harvard grad like her father, also has an MFA (master of fine arts) degree in acting from UCLA School of Theater Film and Television.
Leslie, who is also a writer, was carrying during the cocktail her daughter, Sasha, who appeared to be named after one of the daughters of President Obama. She is appearing in her latest movie, “With Child” (2014), which she also co-produces.
The second fundraiser for President Obama was just three blocks from the a private “round table” later Monday night, about 30 supporters contributed up to $33,400 each, according to a Democratic Party official. That event was hosted at the home of two prominent African Americans on Wall Street, Tracy Maitland, chief executive of Capital Management, and Kimberley Hatchett, an executive director at Morgan Stanley.
Lewis is a native of Sorsogon City in the Philippines. She has been reportedly listed to have a net worth of $600-M. She did not return email request by this reporter for comment.