HBO “The Wire” stars add juice to Obama Island fundraiser


President Barack Obama and his family may not have scheduled a summer vacation on the Vineyard, but that will not stop the high-powered on-Island fundraising for his November re-election bid.

Members of the cast of the highly acclaimed HBO hit series “The Wire” will travel to the Island next week to lend their star power to a $500 per head evening reception at the home of Sheridan Broadcasting founders Ron and Judy Davenport of Pittsburgh and Oak Bluffs.

Wire cast members (with their character names) scheduled to attend the Wednesday, August 15 reception include Jamie Hector (Marlo Stanfield), Clarke Peters (Detective Lester Freamon), Wendell Pierce (Bunk Moreland), Andre Royo (Bubbles), Sonja Sohn (Detective Kima Greggs), and Michael K. Williams (Omar Devone Little). Valerie B. Jarrett, a senior advisor to President Barack Obama, will also be at the event.

The drama, which ran five seasons, was set in the city of Baltimore and focused on the drug trade and government dysfunction.

The actor Michael K. William portrayed the fictional character Omar Devone Little on The Wire. In January, 2008, then-presidential candidate Barack Obama told the Las Vegas Sun that Omar, a stick-up artist who steals from drug dealers and then gives to poor people in the neighborhood, was his favorite character on the show “That’s not an endorsement. He’s not my favorite person, but he’s a fascinating character,” Mr. Obama said.

Tickets for the fundraiser sell for $500 per guest, and $2,500 per host. For more information go to