Hitting the Towne for the president

By Mark Shanahan & Meredith Goldstein
July 29, 2011

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Feeling a desperate need to celebrate President Obama’s 50th birthday? You’re in luck. Bay State supporters of Obama are planning a big birthday bash in his honor. Wednesday, the night before the president turns 50, they’re holding a fund-raiser at Towne Stove and Spirits, and guests will include former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs and current deputy campaign manager Jennifer O’Malley Dillon. (No, the president won’t be attending. He’s expected to celebrate his birthday at a much larger fund-raiser in his hometown of Chicago.) Gibbs formerly worked for Senator John Kerry and is now an Obama campaign surrogate. O’Malley Dillon grew up in Franklin, attended Tufts, and got her first campaign job working on Scott Harshbarger’s 1998 gubernatorial bid. General admission tickets cost $100, and $250 will get you into a VIP reception. (We’re told there are additional perks for contributions of $500 and $1,000, but we don’t know what those are.) The Chicago event, at the Aragon Ballroom, will include a private dinner with the president for those contributing $10,000 to $38,500, and performances by “American Idol’’ alum Jennifer Hudson. The Chicago shindig will be live-streamed at Towne. . . . Speaking of the Towne, owner Patrick Lyons dined the other night with Celtic Ray Allen, Bruins Hall of Famer Cam Neely, former Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker, clothier Alan Bilzerian, the Liberty Hotel’s Dick Friedman, and General Catalyst Partners’s David Fialkow.