JTA — US President Donald Trump will attend a private fundraiser at the New Jersey home of a close friend who died of the coronavirus in April.
Stanley Chera was a longtime leader in New York’s tight-knit Syrian Jewish community. Reports said Trump at one point had advised Chera and his wife, Frieda, to leave their New York City home for Deal to avoid the virus. The Jersey Shore community has a large Syrian Jewish community.
The news website Yeshiva World News first reported about the location of the August 9 fundraiser, and included an image of the invitation.
Details of where the fundraiser will be held are provided upon RSVP, according to the invitation. Yeshiva World News identified the location as the Chera home.
Donations range from $5,600 to attend the reception to $250,000 to meet Trump at a roundtable, have a photo op, and attend a reception with the president.
The family hosted a fundraiser for Trump when he was running for president in 2016.
Chera, a New York City real estate mogul, was an early and generous backer of Trump’s presidential campaign, contributing hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Trump said in a White House briefing in March that Chera brought the dangers of COVID-19 home to him.
“When you send a friend to the hospital, and you call up to find out how is he doing — it happened to me, where he goes to the hospital, he says goodbye,” Trump said during a White House briefing, referring to Chera. “He’s sort of a tough guy. A little older, a little heavier than he’d like to be, frankly. And you call up the next day: ‘How’s he doing?’ And he’s in a coma? This is not the flu.”