President Joe Biden will be speaking Thursday at a fundraising event in Park City — but it won’t be cheap if you want to attend.
Tickets for the event start at $3,300 and run to up to $100,000 to be a “host” of the event, which is being sponsored by Mark and Nancy Gilbert and John and Kristi Cumming. Gilbert is the former U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa. The Cummings own Powdr Corp., which has ski resorts in the U.S. and Canada.
Donors who pony up $50,000 will get to speak with the president and have a photo taken. At the $25,000 and $10,000 level attendees will get a photo with Biden.
The location of the event is not being disclosed. Biden is scheduled to arrive in Utah on Wednesday afternoon and attend the fundraiser the following day.
During his trip, Biden is planning to visit the Veterans Affairs hospital in Salt Lake City on Thursday to mark the first anniversary of the passage of the PACT Act — or the Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act, which is legislation designed to compensate military veterans sickened by exposure to toxic burn pits common on bases and outposts.
While there is no deadline for veterans to file a PACT Act claim with the VA, those who apply before Wednesday, Aug. 9 could be eligible for backdated benefits.
His stop in Utah will be his first as president, although he came to the state to tour the Huntsman Cancer Institute while he was vice president. The last president to visit the state was Donald Trump, who came to the Utah Capitol in 2017 to reduce the boundaries of the Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears National monuments.
On Tuesday, Biden will reportedly designate a new national monument near the Grand Canyon in an area that is being targeted for uranium mining, part of his swing through Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.