“We are in the final stretch of this campaign and we need your help to reach as many people as possible between now and Election Day,” Clinton said.
The evening’s host was comedian Billy Crystal, who joked with the audience that the goal of the night was to “raise more money than Donald Trump lost in 1995.” The remark was a reference to Trump’s tax returns — leaked to the New York Times — that show the Republican nominee lost nearly $1 billion that year.
Individual tickets for the event started at $45 and go to $2,700, but premium packages of seats went for as much as $100,000. Those who pay top prices were invited to attend a post-event reception with some of the performers.
Based on attendance figures and ticket prices provided by the campaign, the fundraiser raised more than $2.3 million.
The event included performances by Sarah Jessica Parker
, Hugh Jackman, who sang “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’ ” from “Oklahoma;” Anne Hathaway, who sang “Happy Days Are Here Again” and Neil Patrick Harris who sang “Origin of Love.”
Actresses Uzo Aduba, Julia Roberts
, Sarah Paulson, Lena Dunham and Helen Mirren and actor Alan Cumming all spoke at the fundraiser, heralding Clinton and blasting Trump and his campaign.
The Clintons thanked donors for attending the star studded event at the St. James Theatre, urging them to dig deeper to support the campaign in its last three weeks. But it was the former president who reflected on feelings Trump
supporters were having, comparing them with groups of people who have felt left out in the past.
“They now feel like outsiders in a country they once felt like home,” Bill Clinton said, noting that those feelings were once shared with “gays immigrants, African-Americans, women, people with disabilities.”
“We don’t want to leave everyone behind. We just want to tear down the social totem pole so we can rise together.”