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Dinner and art at the Cohens'

April 23, 2012   Lawrence Delevingne


SALT dangles an “Art Connoisseurs’ Evening with Steve Cohen” for $25K and other major perks in return for big charity donations.

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  Flyer for SALT's headline charity act, pop stars Maroon 5

Anthony Scaramucci's annual SkyBridge Alternatives Conference, better known as SALT, finds new ways to dazzle attendees each year. The 2012 Las Vegas summit from May 8 to 11 has the usual big names-Al Gore, Sarah Palin, Bob Gates, Paul Singer and Pierre Lagrange to name a few-but will also feature a new charity initiative benefitting three non profits: Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, charity:water and Warrior Gateway.

Dubbed Aspire Giving, the hedge fund set will be enticed by intimate evenings with high profile names-and price tags that few outside the industry could afford.

No item is more exclusive than the "Art Connoisseurs' Evening with Steve Cohen." For a $25,000 donation to Aspire Giving, the winner receives an "exclusive tour for two of the Cohen residence in Greenwich, CT," according to description sent to registered attendees. "Led by Steve Cohen of SAC Capital Advisors, you will be able to view one of the finest and most extensive private art collections of master and modern works ever assembled," it says. Also included is a "private gourmet dinner for two with Steve and Alexandra Cohen at their residence."

For more politically-minded donors, there's the $100,000 Global Access VIP package. It includes two tickets to the inaugural SALT Singapore Conference in October, with an invitation to a 25 person dinner with Gore, Tony Blair and Jim Rogers. The package also includes two tickets to the Las Vegas event, with an invitation to another 25 person dinner with Gore and Gates and a similar lunch with Sarah Palin. Buyers can have a photo taken with Blair, Gore, Gates and Palin. Finally, package winners get two VIP access tickets to the Las Vegas headline charity concert: Maroon 5.

Is $100,000 too steep? There are emerging manager-sized packages too (click to enlarge):

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