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Sugar Rautbord, pictured with Arianna Huffington, is also friends with the Trumps. 0

Sugar gets a Thanksgiving invite to the winter White House

November 22nd, 2016

Sugar Rautbord, a society connector and civic organizer in Chicago, is headed to Palm Beach for Thanksgiving and has been invited to stop by Mar-a-Lago to say hello to her friends, the Trumps.

“We’ve known each other for 30 years,” Rautbord says of President-elect Donald Trump. Her son attended The Hill School boarding school in Pennsylvania, where his sons also attended. And Rautbord helped run public relations and marketing for construction of the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago.

During the contentious presidential campaign, Rautbord was among the few notable names in town to acknowledge supporting the GOP candidate.

“There was an attitude in the very Democratic city of Chicago that you shouldn’t be for Trump,” says Rautbord, who in 2008 supported President Barack Obama.

Early in this year’s campaign Rautbord–the author of three novels–published a piece on Mar-a-Lago as the “Winter White House”  in the Huffington Post. Arianna Huffington is another pal.

In September, she helped organize an uber private party at the home of former Fruit of the Loom CEO Bill Farley and his wife, Shelley. The headliner was Ivanka Trump, and attendees included businessman and Trump fundraiser Ron Gidwitz and former Bears Coach Mike Ditka.

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