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Michelle Obama’s Park City event will cost at least $1,000 to attend

by Jay Hamburger THE PARK RECORD

First lady Michelle Obama is scheduled to visit the Park City area on July 26 to raise money for President Obama’s re-election bid, an event that will cost someone at least $1,000 to attend.

There had been chatter about a visit by the first lady in the days before the confirmation, which was delivered in an invitation that was distributed announcing the event. The fund-raiser is scheduled at 9 a.m. at the vacation home of Mark and Nancy Gilbert. Mark Gilbert is the deputy national finance chair for the Democratic National Committee and raised money for Obama during his 2008 campaign.

"It’s always an honor and real privilege to be able to host the first lady or the president," Gilbert said on Monday.

He was unsure how many people would attend the event. Gilbert said most of the people at the fund-raiser will be from Utah or have vacation homes in the state.

The invitation says the first lady will attend a breakfast reception at the Gilbert house. The lowest-priced entry is set at $1,000, according to paperwork attached to the invitation. Other price points include $10,000 per couple for a photo reception and $35,800 per couple for a more exclusive reception. The paperwork instructs people to make checks payable to the Obama Victory Fund 2012.

The first lady is not scheduled to appear publicly while she is in the Park City area. The visit will follow nearly four years after Barack Obama, then a senator from Illinois, made a fund-raising stop in the Snyderville Basin and held a rally in the shadow of the Utah Olympic Park that drew upward of 1,000 people.

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Obama went on to win Summit County by a wide margin on Election Day, one of only three counties he won in Utah. He lost the statewide tally by nearly 30 percentage points.

There has been excitement building in political circles in the two weeks since it was publicized that the first lady could be stopping in Park City. At that time, state and local Democrats said they were happy with the prospects of a visit. They said they expected there would be widespread support if she stopped in Park City. The leader of the local Republicans also was pleased, saying a visit affords Utahns an opportunity to discuss issues of importance to the state.

Local law enforcement agencies had not been contacted by Monday afternoon about the upcoming visit. Sheriff Dave Edmunds said he expected the Summit County Sheriff’s Office will be involved in the security planning. He pledged manpower to assist with the protection of the first lady if it is requested. Wade Carpenter, the police chief in Park City, said officer schedules could be shifted in anticipation of the first lady’s visit. He said perhaps up to 10 officers could be assigned to a detail for the first lady if the trip includes a stop inside Park City or if the Sheriff’s Office requests assistance.

Many details about the visit have not been finalized or have not been made public. It is not clear, as an example, how the first lady will travel to the Park City area. Presidents who have visited Park City have either flown in on the presidential helicopter or been driven to the city in a heavily protected motorcade.