(CNN) – President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama played host to three campaign contest winners at a Washington, DC restaurant Monday night.
The three winners – identified by the campaign as David Garcia, Ben Oakleaf and Latasha Scurry - had each donated to the president’s reelection effort in recent weeks. The event was held at Mintwood Place, located in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington. The small restaurant was entirely closed to the public for the event and the Obama campaign had set up several cameras of its own to record the dinner.
Press cameras were only allowed into the event for about 30 seconds, during which the president was seen asking the participants about their backgrounds.
A campaign official also released a statement about the participants:
David Garcia is an associate music professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. As the son of immigrants, an educator and father of two young children, David supports the President’s recent Executive Order enacting part of the DREAM Act because he believes all children have the right to a good education. David will bring his wife, Rose, a pre-school teacher.
Ben Oakleaf is a highly-trained wildfire smokejumper from Idaho. As an avid sportsman and a proud conservationist, Ben is proud to have a President who supports the environment and stands up for the middle class. Ben will bring his mother Judy, a retired high school English teacher.
Latasha Scurry is an assistant high school principal in Florida, and mother of two daughters. Thanks to President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, Latasha, a breast cancer survivor, no longer has to worry about being denied health care coverage because of her pre-existing condition. She is a supporter of the First Lady’s Let’s Move initiative, which promotes healthy lifestyles at schools across the country. Latasha will bring her husband, Henry, a ninth grade math teacher and football coach.