CANFIELD, Ohio (WYTV) – Former president Bill Clinton will be in Canfield tonight, raising money for his wife’s presidential campaign.
It is a private event, but the invitation-only list for the fundraiser at Bruce and Rori Zoldan’s house is packed with star power. Bruce Zoldan is the president and CEO of the B.J. Alan Company.
The Zoldans have invited Mary Wilson of the Supremes, former Cleveland Browns player Jim Brown and actor and Youngstown native Ed O’Neill. The star-studded list acts as a draw so people not only get to see the former president of the United States, they get to mingle with others in the limelight as well.
More than 250 people are expected to attend.
Clinton was in the Valley in 2008 for Hillary’s first presidential bid. He paid another visit in 2010 to support Ted Strickland as he was running for re-election. Friday is Clinton’s third visit to Bruce Zoldan’s house.
“Listen, we mingle with them, and I get to talk to them, and I get to him and Bruce gets to tell him and other Valley leaders get to tell the president what’s important to us and what we need and what help Hillary can be,” said attorney and Mahoning County Democratic Party Chair Dave Betras.
The invitation list is short, but there is one big believer that there will be a much more public gathering, which will include Hillary.
“Hillary will be here. I promise everyone, Hillary will be here and we’ll do a public event,” Betras said. “Ohio is not in play yet, but very soon we will be.”
The cost of getting into the party is $500 and it costs $2,700 for a picture with Bill Clinton. That is the maximum contribution allowed per person to a presidential campaign.
By bundling, a person could drop $10,000 and get into a small reception with Bill Clinton. Donating $27,000 gets you a personal meet-and-greet with the 42nd president.