Reporting from Los Angeles, U.S.A. – Los Angeles 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games bid Chief Casey Wasserman Wednesday evening hosted the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Evaluation Commission team at his private Beverly Hills mansion for a formal welcome dinner.
The IOC permits bids to hold one formal ceremonial dinner during the Evaluation Commission visit and the events typically include heads-of-state, business leaders, athletes, celebrities and other high-profile people, and are held at upscale venues.
U.S. President Donald Trump didn’t attend the dinner Wednesday, but the guest list remained impressive.
Attendees at the welcome reception included LA Mayor Eric Garcetti, basketball legend Kobe Bryant, former Microsoft CEO and LA Clippers owner Steve Balmer, CEO of Walt Disney Company Bob Iger, Spanish Tenor Placido Domingo, action movie star Sylvester Stallone, conductor and violinist Gustavo Dudamel, Snapchat co-founder Evan Speigel, CEO of 21st Century Fox James Murdoch, Chairman of NBCUniversal James Shell and LA Councilmember Herb Wesson.
They were among the 70 dinner guests at Wasserman’s home.
Wasserman, who is personally involved in privately funding the bid, is a high-profile sports and entertainment executive and grandson of famous studio executive Lew Wasserman.
Iconic venues across LA were lit up in the bid’s branded colors as a tribute to the evaluation team who had spent the day in meetings behind closed doors at the JW Marriot hotel at LA Live.
On Thursday the team will travel to proposed Games venues before leaving for Paris Friday to begin an inspection of the French Capital starting Sunday.
A senior producer and award-winning journalist covering Olympic bid business as founder of GamesBids.com as well as providing freelance support for print and Web publications around the world. Robert Livingstone is a member of the Olympic Journalists Association and the International Society of Olympic Historians.