President Barack Obama is welcomed by singer Jennifer Hudson, and Chicago Mayor, Rahm Emanuel at a fundraiser on the eve of his 50th birthday, Aug. 3, 2011, in Chicago.
President Barack Obama celebrates his birthday in Chicago next month, but this year it won't be the high-roller affair starring Herbie Hancock, Jennifer Hudson and OK Go at the Aragon.
The president plans to ring his 51st year at home in Hyde Park, according to a campaign email sent to supporters by First Lady Michelle Obama.
"Barack turns 51 next month, and there will be a little celebration at our house in Chicago," the email reads. "We'd like to give grassroots supporters an opportunity to join in the fun. You guys deserve it, and I know Barack would personally love to see you there."
The email instructed donors to "donate $3 or whatever you can today" to be automatically entered for a chance to attend.
It's quite a switch from last year's gala for which donors paid between $50 and $35,800, the legal maximum, to attend. It's not clear what the party festivities will include but the email made it sound far more low-key.
"That won't stop me from teasing him about all those new gray hairs he has -- though I think it's fair to say he's earned every one," the email read.
Obama turns 51 Aug. 4.