Wednesday August 1, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- Although the Colonial Theatre is about 85 percent sold for first lady Michelle Obama's fundraising visit on Friday afternoon, about 100 tickets at various price levels remain, according to President Barack Obama's campaign officials in Boston and in Washington, D.C.

About 100 tickets are left for the 3 p.m. reception and the one-hour concert featuring James Taylor, event organizers reported, with a fresh batch of $125 upper balcony tickets released Tuesday.

Other price points available in limited quantities include $250 general admission, $500 preferred seating and $10,000 event co-host, which includes premium reserved seating and a photo opportunity with the first lady. A $2,500 category with preferred seats and a photo "op" is no longer listed.

No official estimates were available on Tuesday for the funds that could be raised by the Colonial event, as well as a private dinner and roundtable discussion at Gov. Deval Patrick's Richmond home on Friday evening at $20,000 per ticket (limited to 20 people).

But the two events, preceded by a $2,500-a-plate luncheon at Springfield's Basketball Hall of Fame, could raise more than $750,000 for the campaign if all available tickets are purchased.

Doors open at 2:45 for the Colonial Theatre event, which is co-hosted by Patrick and his wife, Diane, as well as the Taylors.

Taylor's one-hour acoustic program includes backup singers Kate Markowitz and Kim Taylor, the singer-songwriter's wife, as well as Boston Symphony cellist Owen Young. Ticket buyers were due to be notified by email today with reservation confirmations and forms.

All proceeds benefit the Obama Victory Fund 2012. Patrick is among 30 campaign co-chairs. Taylor has performed at many fundraisers for President Obama this year and in 2008.

Ticket information: bit.ly/MgZ800.

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