Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz has landed a big name to help him with his campaign.

Michael Bloomberg, the mayor of New York City, will headline a reception for Schatz Jan. 2 in Honolulu.

A ticket for the event, to be held at the Kahala home of developer Duncan MacNaughton, is $1,000.

A Schatz campaign spokesman confirmed the Bloomberg appearance Tuesday but would not comment further.

Bloomberg, who will step down as mayor Jan. 2 after three terms running the Big Apple, ran as a Republican but is considered politically independent. He has reportedly considered running for president.

He is also a businessman and philanthropist with a fortune estimated at about $30 billion, making him one of the Top 10 wealthiest men in America.

The reception for Schatz is being presented by “The MacNaughton Family” and “The Kobayashi Family.”

Committee members for the event include developer Stanford Carr, construction firm executive Bill Wilson, Kaneohe Ranch executive Mitch D’Olier, lobbyist John Radcliffe, Hawaii Medical Assurance Association executive John Henry Felix, real estate attorney Bernie Bays, Keith Amemiya of Island Holdings, developer Christine Camp, and Richard and Elizabeth Grossman (the former a well-known plastic surgeon, the latter a retired Wall Street investor now active in the Honolulu community).

Space is limited at the event.

Schatz currently has a huge fundraising lead over U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, who is challenging Schatz in the 2014 Democratic primary.

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