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Ann Romney to attend private fundraiser in Las Vegas

Ann Romney will visit Las Vegas on Oct. 1 to attend an evening fundraising reception for her husband, GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, at Miriam and Sheldon Adelson’s home, according to an invitation to the event at the generous GOP donors’ Summerlin residence.

“This will be the very first visit from Ann since her husband, Gov. Mitt Romney, became the Republican nominee for president of the United States,” said an invitation obtained Thursday. “We hope you can join us in welcoming this remarkable woman to Las Vegas for a Romney Victory event and to show your support for the effort to elect Mitt Romney the next president.”

The invitation provides a brief biography of the potential GOP first lady, saying “Ann’s story is one of family, faith, tribulation, and triumph.”

“Her devotion to raising five boys, commitment to her husband, battle and victory over breast cancer and an ongoing struggle with MS set her apart as a beacon of hope and an example of faith,” the invitation said, referring to multiple sclerosis.

Guests for the reception, which starts at 5 p.m., are asked to donate $10,000 per couple to co-chair the event, $5,000 per couple for a VIP photo opportunity or $1,000 to attend the general reception.

The private event at the Adelsons’ home will come about 10 days after Romney campaigns in Las Vegas. He is scheduled to attend a private fundraiser at Red Rock Resort and then hold a
2 p.m. public rally today at Cox Pavilion at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Both Romney and President Barack Obama have campaigned frequently in Nevada, one of 11 states expected to determine who wins the Nov. 6 election.

Ann Romney has been employed on the campaign trail and at the recent Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., to show the softer, family side of Romney, a former Massachusetts governor and private-equity businessman.

The Adelsons have been big benefactors of GOP candidates, including Romney. They donated at least $10 million to the Restore Our Future political action committee supporting Romney’s presidential bid. The Adelson family also gave $10 million to Crossroads GPS, which has hit Obama in TV ads. Overall, the Adelsons have given more than
$50 million to GOP campaigns.

Contact Laura Myers at lmyers@reviewjournal.com or 702-387-2919. Follow @lmyerslvrj on Twitter.

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