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$1 Million Pizza Party Obama Fundraiser Planned By Metro Detroit's Denise Ilitch [UPDATE]

Posted: 04/11/2012 11:43 am Updated: 04/11/2012 1:47 pm

UPDATE: 1:45 p.m. -- Despite reports, caterers for Denise Ilitch's fundraiser for President Obama will not -- we repeat not -- be serving pizza at the "pizza party."

Little Caesars is not involved with the private fundraiser, but the company's senior vice president of global marketing, Edward Gleich, told HuffPost he spoke to Ilitch, who confirmed pizza wouldn't be involved.

"It was definitely said in jest," Gleich said of Ilitch's comment on CBS Detroit's "Michigan Matters" program that her big event would feature pizza.

Maybe the organizers couldn't agree on the toppings?

Earlier:

One of metro Detroit's elite families is hosting an unusual fundraiser for President Barack Obama: a pizza party.

Denise Ilitch, daughter of Mike and Marian Ilitch, will host a $1 Million Pizza Party with husband Jim Scalici at their Bingham Farms home on April 18, according to CBS Detroit.

The main course was no random choice. You could say Ilitch has pizza in her blood -- her parents founded Little Caesars in the 1950s, and it has since grown into a national pizza chain. The Ilitches, one of Michigan's richest families, also own two of Detroit's sports teams, the Red Wings and Tigers.

As the presidential election draws closer and Obama gears up to face likely Republican nominee Mitt Romney (who has Michigan, if not pizza, roots), he's worked on fundraising, raising millions in the last few months.

In Michigan, the Obama campaign hopes to raise $1 million in one day, with the president appearing at a fundraiser at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn ahead of the Illitch pizza party, according to the Detroit News.

If you've ever wanted to see the president of the United States eat pizza off sterling silver, the fundraiser might just be worth the $10,000 dinner ticket. Pay $40,000, the same per-head price for George Clooney's upcoming Obama fundraiser, and you gain entrance to the cocktail party and a formal photo.

Only one question remains: Will the entree be Hot-n-Ready?

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