Is raising funds by throwing an odd sort of "retirement dinner"?
The email invitation to dinner said:
It sure is nice having a little more time on my hands, and I'd love to spend some of it with you. Would you like to join me for dinner? During the campaign, I had the chance a few times to grab meals with supporters, but they were always rushed thanks to the frenetic pace of the campaign. This is my first chance to sit down and spend some real one-on-one time with you. If you enter today, we could be having dinner together soon!