A Star-Studded Waldorf Retreat for Romney Donors

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Ann Romney, Donald Trump and Mitt Romney during a news conference held by Trump to endorse Mitt Romney for president at the Trump International Hotel & Tower Las Vegas on Feb. 2, 2012.

With Mitt Romney in Boston for a final round of debate preparation sessions, his top money men and women are gathering in New York City for a star-studded retreat at the Waldorf Astoria.

The three-day gathering, open to donors that raised more than $50,000, kicks-off tonight with a gala dinner at the  Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum where vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan is expected to make an appearance.

Fundraisers will also have the opportunity to hob-nob with top party stars, including Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and real estate mogul (and former presidential candidate) Donald Trump.

Tomorrow, there will be a series of briefings about campaign media, policy and political strategy from top campaign staff before the big event: a debate night watch party at the Roseland Ballroom.

The retreat is the follow-up to a summer gathering in Park City, Utah, where donors mixed with strategists Karl Rove, former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice and a number of Republican politicians aiming to nab the running-mate spot.

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