Inaugural Balls


In addition to the official inaugural balls organized by the PIC, over sixty unofficial inaugural balls on the evenings of January 17 through January 20 will keep area hotels, limo drivers and caterers busy.  Many of the balls are sponsored by state society organizations in Washington, DC, and some of these events have long traditions.  A variety of interest groups are also hosting inaugural balls as fundraisers/benefits, for others a small percentage of the ticket price will be donated to charity, and a few seem to be straight commercial venues.  Organizers are always looking for sponsors.  These unofficial balls come with the proviso that, "President Obama has been invited, however, we cannot guarantee that he will be in attendance."

A sampling; for a more comprehensive list see the Washingtonian.  Venues are Washington, DC unless otherwise indicated.  Events may be sold out; intersested persons should contact the organizers. 

Saturday, January 17, 2009
The Green Inaugural Ball: Maximum Celebration, Minimal Impact  +
Host:  Event Emissary, Washington DC’s first green event planning company.
Venue:  Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium.
Tickets:  $500 per person.
"...the first Inaugural event designed to be carbon-neutral...  Event Emissary has designed The Green Ball to have a minimal impact while maintaining the aesthetics, quality and standards expected from an Inaugural ball experience."
H.O.P.E. (Honoring Our President Elect) Inaugural Youth Ball
Host:  J Star Productions, Inc. in association with Code Blue.
Venue:  Trinity Center, Trinity University.
Tickets:  Early purchase special $77.50.
Quotable:  "This event will give youth the opportunity to share in the inaugural festivities surrounding the swearing in of President-elect Barack Obama."  Proceeds will be donated to: National Network for Youth.

People's Inaugural Ball
Host:  DC Statehood Fund, Prometheus Labor Communications, Gertrude Stein Democratic Club.
Venue:  The Historical Society of Washington, DC.
Tickets:  $125 for general admission; $250 for host committee VIP pass. 
Quotable:  "We made the calls, we knocked on the doors, and wrote the checks, now it is time to come together and celebrate the role grassroots organizing played in electing Barack Obama and Joe Biden."
  Two related events: Premier on Jan. 16 and LGBT Gayla on Jan. 18.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

African American Church Inaugural Ball
  The Grand Hyatt Washington, Independence Ballroom.
Tickets:  Individual $250; VIP $500.
Quotable:  "
The theme of The African American Church Inaugural Ball is 'We Have Come This Far By Faith!'...  There are two distinct purposes for The African American Church Inaugural Ball:  1. To allow the collective community of the African American Church to join in the congratulatory efforts of the nation; and 2. To support the charity, The Balm In Gilead, as it endeavors to provide health education and service delivery systems within African American church denominations to address HIV/AIDS and other health concerns which affect African Americans."  

The African Diaspora Inaugural Ball
Host:  African Diaspora for Change (formerly African Diaspora for Obama-ADO) in partnership with Africa Aspire.  ...The mission of African Diaspora for Change (ADC) is to create an alliance of African Diaspora voices representing the common concerns as a constituency in the U.S. and affect change through education, empowerment and engagement of the next generation of leaders.
Harman Center for the Arts.
Tickets:  General admission before Jan. 15 is $225; after Jan. 15 is $250; VIP is $500.
Quotable:  "Our theme—“I AM THE CHANGE: Educating, Empowering and Engaging the Next Generation of Leaders,”—highlights the importance of investing in the education and empowerment of the next generation. 100% of proceeds will go to: Angelique Kidjo’s Batonga Foundation, ensuring that the organization is able to continue its outreach to children throughout Africa; and First Book, a nonprofit organization that provides new books to children in low income communities."

African Inaugural Ball
Host:  The Africa Foundation.
Venue:  Hilton Silver Spring, Silver Spring, MD.
Tickets:  One for $150,  two for $199.99, including all taxes and processing fees.
Quotable:  "Celebrate Obama African Style!  African Cultural Dances  -  Live Musical Performances  -  High-profile Guest Appearances  -  Dance space for D.J. Music  -  Soukous  -  Makossa  -  Afro Beat  -  Soca  -  Reggae."

The Aloha Inaugural Ball
Host:  The Aloha Inaugural Ball is a not-for-profit Washington, D.C. corporation.
Venue:  Marriott Wardman Hotel.
Tickets:  General admission $300.
Quotable:  "The Aloha Ball is a kick-off event put on by Obama supporters to welcome everyone from around the country. Come and feel the Aloha spirit. Come and learn about the special place that nurtured our new president and gave him his early world view."

The Children's Inaugural Ball
Host:  The Every Child Matters Education Fund.
Historical Society of Washington, DC.
Tickets:  Free; RSVP list opens on January 2.

Quotable:  "This is a unique, family-friendly activity being crafted in collaboration with national and local children's organizations that will incorporate: Live Music, Entertainment, and Special Guests; Interactive and Educational Exhibits; The Storytime and Puppet Stage; The Inaugural Classroom; Presidents Helping Children - a History Project; Inaugural Memories: a Recorded History Project (including Storycorps); A Baby and Toddler Playroom; Fun food; Crafts and games."

Disability Power and Pride Inaugural Ball

Host:  Natalie P. Shear Associates.
Venue:  National Press Club.
Tickets:  $100.
  "Reflecting the growing strength and stature of the community – and celebrating Life Without Limits – the event will draw officials of the new administration and Members of Congress, along with hundreds of disability leaders, advocates and allies."

"Dreams from My Father" American Scholars Inaugural Ball
Hosts:  The American Scholars Inaugural Ball Committee; National Intellectual Property Law Institute; The Hip Hop Caucus; Dave & Ray Entertainment; Fete Select TV.
Venue:  Four Seasons Hotel, Georgetown.
Tickets:  Tiered pricing: $350 and $550.
Quotable:  "Featuring 1,500 of the most distinguished talents from academia, industry, and politics as well as several acclaimed celebrity guests in music and film; high-end cocktail reception, catered by the Four Seasons event staff; formal tributes to notable scholars, identified for their direct contributions to eduction; live musical performances and celebrity hosts.

Fly Me to the Moon!: The California Bash

Host:  California Democratic Party.
Venue:  Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.
Tickets:  Individual $150; $200 after 12/29.

Foreign Diplomats Inaugural Ball
Host: conjunction with the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Ethiopia
Venue:  James Monroe Mansion.
Tickets:  $350 per person.
Quotable:  "A VIP Reception will take place from 5:30-7:00 pm followed by a dinner reception featuring cocktails, dancing, trans-continental cuisine from Ethiopia and other African nations and performances by Ethiopian-born 2009 Grammy nominated artist, Wayna and master African drummer Asante Okyerema from 7:00pm to 11:00 pm."
  Produced by Enjoyment Enjoyment Inc, in conjunction with JJ Ghatt Public Relations LLC and TMK Sports and Entertainment LLC.
Latino Inaugural Gala 2009
Venue:  Union Station.
Tickets:  $200 each.
Quotable:  "Please join the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI), the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI), Democratic National Committee Hispanic Caucus, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO), the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), Voto Latino, Latino elected officials and community leaders from across the country, as well as Latino celebrities to celebrate a night of history-in-the-making. Hispanic voices were heard in unprecedented numbers in this presidential election. The Latino community united in a unique way – and it is coming together on Sunday, January 18th, to once again celebrate this historic election."

The Lincoln 2.0 Inaugural Ball
Host:  Smithsonian Art Museum and The American Experience Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity and affiliate of Destination DC that develops national programs to educate the public about the arts, culture, American democracy and unique heritage of Washington, D.C..
Venue:  Smithsonian American Art Museum, Kogod Courtyard
Tickets:  $375 for general admission or $500 for VIP tickets.
Quotable:  "Beyond all the components of a spectacular party with a magnificent venue, wonderful food and beverages, and world-class entertainment, our guests will be treated to a slice of history.  You will actually attend an Inaugural Ball in the same building where President Lincoln hosted his ball in 1865. The Museum’s Lincoln Gallery will be open that evening.  In addition, a special exhibition entitled – The Honor of Your Company is Requested: Lincoln 2.0 Inaugural Ball - will be on display with rarely seen engravings and artifacts."

Manufacturing: A Gala Celebration
Host:  National Association of Manufacturers.
Venue:  Ronald Reagan International Trade Center, Atrium Ballroom.
Tickets:  $200.  Tickets for luncheon on Jan. 19 are $75.
Quotable:  "Strength of the Past - Power of the Present - Progress for the Future."

The Maryland Inaugural Ball
Host:  Maryland Democratic Party.
Venue:  The Mayflower Hotel.
(sold out).
Quotable:  "This Wonderful Evening of Music and Dancing will include special guests such as the renowned actor and tap dancer, Savion Glover and others to be announced soon!"

Next America Inaugural Ball: A Millennials’ Celebration
Host:  CSIS Next America.
Venue: CSIS.
Tickets:  $75.
Quotable:  "Join us for a night of dancing and mingling with Next America Members and Friends."

Monday, January 19, 2009

Arkansas Inaugural Gala
Host:  Arkansas State Society of Washington, DC.
Venue:  National Press Club Main Ballroom (initially schedul
ed for The Washington Court Hotel).
Tickets:  A single ticket is: $150 for VIP and $125 for General Admission.
Quotable:  "This formal reception and dance on the evening before the Inauguration will be attended by some 1,000 celebrants. Invited dignitaries include President-elect Barack Obama, former President Bill Clinton, Governor Mike Beebe, Senator Blanche Lincoln, Senator Mark Pryor, the Arkansas members of the U.S. House of Representatives, and other elected officials. Spectacular continuous entertainment will be presented by The Great Expectations Band and The Rick Sickmen Band.
And following a sumptuous reception presented by the National Press Club’s renowned chef and wait staff, dancing to an outstanding band with music for all ages will carry our celebration into the late evening hours."

Dream Makers Inaugural Ball
C Four Marketing Solutions
Venue:  Bobby Vans Grill.
Tickets:  $250.
Quotable: "TOP TEN REASONS TO ATTEND THE DREAM MAKERS INAUGURAL BALL  1.  A HISTORICAL EVENT – Celebration of the 80th Birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, the Inauguration of President Barack Obama and the awards ceremony of the three honorees. 2. ENTERTAINMENT – Performances by Bebe Winans, Tony Rich Project, and Soul Food Jazz.  3. HONOREES – Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rev. Al Sharpton, and U.S. Congressman John Lewis have confirmed to accept the Dream Makers Award.  4. “YES WE CAN” LOUNGE – VIP room for the artists from Hidden Beach Recordings. Several celebrities, entertainers, and athletes have been invited to this room.  5. FOOD& BEVERAGE – Southern style cuisine specially prepared by Bobby Vans Grill.  VICTORY JUICE, a combination of 100% organic juices provided by R.W. Knudsen Organic juices. In addition open bar throughout the evening to include Wine, Vodka, Beer, GIN, Cognac, Champagne and Non Alcoholic Champagne all night long. Birthday Cake for Dr. Martin Luther King birthday.  6. SOUVENIR ITEMS – Every guest will receive a free 6oz. champagne flute, a pictorial essay souvenir booklet of the journey from slavery to the White House in addition to other gift of items.  7. WINE & CHEESE – Cocktail reception open to all media and attendees from 7:00pm – 8:00pm which will be a great time socialize and network with several people.  8. LOCATION – Bobby Van Grill is centrally located in downtown Washington, DC; close to DC’s METRO RED line Metro Center.  9. INVITED GUEST – Personal invites have been sent to all the members of Congressional Black Caucus, DC Council, Mayors Associations and several fraternity organizations. 10. DRESS CODE – Black Tie Optional so the option to dress formally or business casual is yours."

Sunshine and Stars - 2009 Florida Inaugural Ball
Host:  Florida House and Florida State Society.
Venue:  Corcoran Gallery of Art.

Georgia Inaugural Gala
Host:  The Georgia State Society of Washington, D.C.
Venue:   Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.
Tickets:  Individual ticket $200.
Quotable:  "
Great Georgia food and beverages and live musical entertainment."
The Illinois Inaugural Gala
Host:  Illinois State Society.

Venue:  Renaissance Washington DC Hotel.
Tickets:  "Ticket sales for the Gala Reception, Dinner, and Ball are $500 per person. Holders of these tickets will be seated in the ancillary ballroom as the main ballroom is sold out. There will be dinner entertainment and live feeds to the main ballroom. Tickets for the Gala Ball only are available for $300 per ticket until December 15, 2008. After December, 15, 2008, Gala Ball only tickets will be $400. Tickets are non-refundable. Tickets for the Gala Ball will include complimentary food and beverages."
Quotable:  "The entire banquet facilities of the Renaissance Hotel (four ballrooms, three grand foyers, and all the private meeting rooms) will be magically transformed to highlight the many magnificent cities, towns, riverfronts, and historical sites of Illinois."

Indiana Inaugural Ball 2009
Host:  Indiana Society of Washington, D.C..
Venue:  Omni Shoreham Regency Ballroom.
Quotable:  "On Monday, January 19, 2009, in keeping with a long tradition, the Indiana Society of Washington, D.C., will again host a glittering Inaugural Ball at the historic Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington. For many decades, Hoosiers and their friends have gathered every four years at this black tie Gala to celebrate the Inauguration.  This formal sit down dinner dance on the eve of the Inauguration will be attended by some 1,200 celebrants.  Invited dignitaries include President-elect Barack Obama, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, Senator Richard Lugar, Senator Evan Bayh, the Indiana Members of the U.S. House of Representatives and members of the Indiana General Assembly.  Spectacular entertainment will be presented by the Singing Hoosiers from Indiana University.  And following a sumptuous dinner presented by the Omni Shoreham’s renowned chef and wait staff, dancing to the Donati Orchestra’s incomparable music for all ages will carry our celebration into the late evening hours."

Kentucky Bluegrass Ball
Host:  The Kentucky Society of Washington, DC.
Venue:  Marriott Wardman Park.
Tickets:  Membership price of $175 each.
Quotable:  "The menu will consist of Kentucky inspired foods with most of the ingredients being shipped in from Kentucky.  Attending  dignitaries usually include Governor Steve Beshear and the entire Kentucky  Congressional delegation.  Over 1200  people are expected with over 75% coming up from Kentucky.  The first Bluegrass Ball was held in 1949, when Vice-President Alben W. Barkley was honored by the Society...  Chef Michael Paley of the renowned restaurant, "Proof on Main", in Louisville Kentucky has been chosen to be the executive chef at the 2009 Kentucky Bluegrass Ball."

Land of Enchantment Inaugural Ball
Host:  The New Mexico State Society.
Venue:  Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.

North Carolina Inaugural Ball
Host:  North Carolina Society of Washington, D.C..
Venue:  Marriott Wardman Park.

Black Tie & Boots Inaugural Ball and Texas Fair
Host:  Texas State Society.
Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, National Harbor, MD.
Quotable:  "...the Texas Fair has hosted businesses and organizations from throughout Texas to show what our “Great State” has to offer.  The Texas Fair will be open on Sunday, January 18th as well as Monday, the 19th during the day and throughout the evening of the ball."

Green Inaugural Ball +
Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery.  Honorary Chair Former Vice President Al Gore.
Venue: Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture
Tickets: "Due to overwhelming demand, tickets to the Green Ball sold out in 15 minutes."
Quotable: "The Green Inaugural Ball brings together more than 75 environmental, labor, business, civil justice, and community organizations and sponsors to celebrate the strength and diversity of those committed to creating the new clean economy that will repower, rebuild, refuel and restore America."

HBCU Inaugural Gala Ball
Venue: Sequoia at Washington Harbor.
Tickets: $300.  Three sponsorship levels (Platinum $25,000, Gold $10,000, Silver $5,000).
Quotable:  "
Please join us as we celebrate the Martin Luther King, Jr Holiday and the Inauguration of our 44th U.S. President, Barack Obama.  The HBCU Inaugural Gala Ball will feature live music, food, drinks, and dancing...
  The HBCU Inaugural Gala Ball is for alumni, students, faculty/staff of Historically Black Colleges & Universities and anyone else who would like to join us in celebrating this momentous occasion."

Hip-Hop Inaugural Ball
Host:  Russell Simmons, LL Cool J, T.I. and Young Jeezy. 
Venue: The Harman Center.
Tickets:  $250 (pre-sales), $500 (limited), $1,000 (general) ($2,500 VIP).
Quotable:  All proceeds go to benefit the Hip Hop Summit Action Network, a non-profit, non-partisan organization.

Historic Inaugural Ball
Host:  Changeworks LLC.
Venue:  Historical Society of Washington, DC.
Tickets:  $200.  Limited to 10 per customer.
Quotable:  "The Historical Inaugural Ball is a celebration and commemoration of two monumental events: the Inauguration of President Elect Barack Obama and the National Birthday Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr."

National Black Chamber of Commerce & NNPA Foundation Inaugural Gala
Host:  National Black Chamber of Commerce and the National Newspaper Publishers Association Foundation.
Venue:  French Embassy.
Tickets:  $250.
Quotable:  "Purchase of Ticket includes: Dinner, Entertainment and Commemorative Book, Bar Sponsored by Hennessy...  The Gala benefits the NNPA Foundation and the NNPA Media Services Wing of the John H. Johnson School of Communications at Howard University."

Pearl Presidential Inaugural Gala
Host:  Co-chairs are Senator Daniel Inouye, Senator Daniel Akaka, Former Secretary Norman Y. Mineta and Congressman Mike Honda, DNC Vice-chair and Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus. 
Venue:  Mandarin Oriental Hotel.
(sold out).
Quotable:  "The gala is being organized for the benefit of the Asian Pacific American community and ANYONE who is interested in having a memorable evening ushering in a new era, a historic Presidency and a fresh direction for our country...  The morning conference will include discussions about voting results, the political appointment process and the legislative issues for the next Congress. The evening gala will begin at 7 p.m. and end at midnight.  Enjoy fine dining and entertainment showcasing various Asian countries...  Place your winning bid in an auction featuring precious gems and other commemorative inaugural items.  Proceeds from the auction and sales will be for the benefit of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program.  Top off the evening with a sumptuous dessert reception and dance the night away."  [produced by Youngberg & Associates]

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

2009 State Society of Arizona Inaugural Ball
State Society of Arizona.
Venue:   The Historical Society of Washington, D.C..
A single ticket is: $175; Couple ticket: $300.
Quotable:  "...four hours of dancing, heavy hors d'Oeuvres and open bar.  The Inaugural Ball Committee is working with a premiere D.C. caterer and event planner to ensure that the event is remembered for its great food, flowing libations and decor.  Souvenir gifts will also be distributed at the event."  ("This will be the second Inaugural Ball hosted by the State Society, we dipped our toe in the water back in 2005...")

2009 Garden State Inaugural Gala
Host:  New Jersey State Society.
Venue:  Washington Court Hotel.
Tickets:  (sold out).
Quotable:  "...
will feature top notch live musical entertainment by the ‘B Street Band,’ the number one Bruce Springsteen tribute band for over two decades, a Monte Carlo style casino room, fine food and beverages including a Ketel One Ice-Sculpted Serving Bar, and hundreds of guests including Members of Congress, Congressional staff, local and state government officials, party leaders, the media, representatives from over 25 sponsoring NJ companies and organizations, as well as surprise celebrity guests."

2009 Pennsylvania Inaugural Gala
Host:  Pennsylvania Society of Washington, DC.
Venue:  Ritz-Carlton Hotel.
Tickets:  (sold out).
Notes:  "The 2009 Pennsylvania Inaugural Gala, 'A Night of Stars,' will feature live musical entertainment from Mark Rivera Entertainment, dancing, fantastic food and an open bar.  Master of Ceremonies will be Tony Perkins of FOX News.  It will be a special day for Pennsylvanians and a spectacular event as we honor the 44th President of the United States and his Administration."

2009 South Carolina Presidential Inaugural Ball
Host:  South Carolina State Society.
Venue:  Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
Tickets:  (sold out).

Tennessee State Society Inaugural Ball
Host:  Tennessee State Society.
Venue:  City Tavern Club (Georgetown).
Tickets:  $130 per person and $250 per couple.

2009 American Indian Inaugural Ball
Host:  The American Indian Society of Washington, DC.
Venue:  Hyatt Regency Crystal City at Reagan National Airport, Arlington, VA.
Tickets:  $140 per person for the Inaugural Ball includes Wednesday's Brunch. $110 per person for the Inaugural Ball only.  At the Door: $150 per person for the Inaugural Ball only.
Quotable: "...brings together Native leaders, organizations, artists, musicians, and professionals from across the country."  Theme is "A Celebration of Many Nations - One People."

American Music Inaugural Ball  -- cancelled about a day before the event due to failure to sell enough tickets +
Host:  Dionne Warwick.
Venue:  Marriott Wardman Park Hotel.
Tickets:  Legends Ball - $450 per ticket; Urban Ball - $350 per ticket; Combo  (Both Balls) - $650 per ticket (limited number).
Quotable:  "The Legends Ball which will feature entertainment legends and music icons who have thrilled audiences over time, and The Urban Ball which features some of entertainment's most popular and successful contemporary Artists...  If you're attending the Legends Ball, then tuxedos, ball gowns and all of your finery is in order of the day.  If you're attending the Urban Ball, then dress to impress; but no jeans, no hoodies, no sneakers or ball caps will be allowed."

Be The Change Inaugural Ball
-- merged with the
official Presidential Inaugural Committee youth ball which will be at the Washington Hilton
Host:  MTV and ServiceNation.
  Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.
Quotable:  "...the event will feature leading artists, celebrities and government officials, alongside hundreds of young people chosen to attend based off their demonstrated volunteerism, for live performances and dedications highlighting the power of America's youth to take action in their communities.  The special event will be televised live and premiere across all MTV platforms..."

2009 Bytes & Books Inaugural Ball
Host:  The National Coalition for Technology in Education and Training (NCTET),
a non-partisan, non-profit organization that promotes and supports the effective use of technology to improve education and training in America by acting as a convener, catalyst and resource for relevant and timely information.
Venue:  Folger Shakespeare Library.
Tickets:  Sponsorship levels range from $2,500 for 2 tickets to $25,000 for 20 tickets and other amenities.
Quotable: "This black-tie affair will feature fine food and beverages, musical entertainment, and a distinguished list of attendees, including Members of Congress, administration officials, education leaders, corporate leaders, media, education stakeholders and dignitaries...  The Bytes & Books Inaugural Ball will feature recording artist Ferras...  This will be the inaugural ball for leaders in the nation’s technology and education communities to honor the swearing-in of America’s new President and Congress...  The 2009 Bytes & Books Inaugural Ball will be the primary fundraiser to support NCTET’s initiatives."

Change Has Come Inaugural Ball
Host:  The Babyboomer Professionals.
Hilton Washington Embassy Row.  
Tickets: $150.
Quotable:  "Enjoy live jazz entertainment, food, dancing and a sophisticated feel as we celebrate victory."

The Creative Coalition's Gala Inaugural Ball  +
"The Creative Coalition is the premier nonprofit, nonpartisan social and political advocacy organization of the entertainment industry."
Venue:  Harman Center for the Arts in Sidney Harman Hall.
Tickets:  Packages range from $10,000 for two standard admissions to the Inaugural Ball to $100,000 for 50 VIP admissions to the Inaugural Ball and 20 admissions to a pre-Ball VIP Dinner.

Environmental and Clean Energy Ball
The Clean Fuels Foundation.
Venue:  Sequoia Restaurant in the Washington Harbor in Georgetown.
Contact your environmental and/or clean energy organization for more information.
Quotable:  "This event will help us create a mutually beneficial opportunity to continue to advance critically important environmental and sustainable energy issues."

2009 Florida Inaugural Celebration
Venue:  National Museum of the American Indian.
Tickets:  $200.

The George Washington University Inaugural Ball
President Steven Knapp.
Omni Shoreham Hotel.
(sold out)
"The George Washington University Inaugural Ball will feature live bands, talent from the GW performance community, and televised Inauguration Day coverage. Additional entertainment is being planned by a committee of GW students and staff. Cuisine includes plentiful hors d'oeuvres, sumptuous desserts, and non-alcoholic beverages."

Grits and Granite Inaugural Ball
Host:  South Carolina Democratic Party and New Hampshire Democratic Party.
Venue:  Fort Myer Officers' Club, Arlington, VA.
Tickets:  One hundred fifty dollars per ticket.  Tickets to the reception, which include a ticket to the Grits and Granite Ball, are $250 each.   
Notes:  "The Grits and Granite Ball will be preceded by a Chair's Reception with prominent political figures from South Carolina and New Hampshire, including Congressmen Jim Clyburn and John Spratt, US Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Governor John Lynch."

2009 Heroes Red, White & Blue Inaugural Ball
Host: Citizens Helping Heroes, Inc., a nonpolitical, nonpartisan 501(c)(3).
Venue:  Warner Theatre.
Quotable:  "As in 2005, Award Winning Super Producer and Chart-Topping Hit Maker Nile Rodgers, will produce a three-hour tribute concert for honored guests, including wounded service members, their families, decorated American war veterans and VIPs... The evening benefits two military support organizations: Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), and the USO. Every ticket sold enables the organizers to provide a ticket pro bono to a service member and military families."

Hawai'i State Society Inaugural Ball
:  Hawai'i State Society of Washington, D.C..

Venue:  Mandarin Oriental Hotel.
Tickets:  $200 per ticket (sold out).
Quotable:  "The ball will feature Asian-Pacific food, drink, and entertainment..."

Health for All Blue Diamond Ball
Host:  Event Emissary and the Vineeta Foundation.

Venue:  Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History
Tickets:  $500 general admission; $1,000 VIP.
Quotable:  "The Health for All Blue Diamond Ball intends to support Obama’s vision of change, and secure a prominent place for health on the presidential agenda."

The Inaugural DC Ball
Metropolitan Police Boys & Girls Clubs.
Venue:  The Old Post Office Pavilion.
Tickets:  $150.
Quotable:  "The Ball will celebrate the Inauguration of America's 44th President, Barack Obama, in a festive and historic environment.  Attendees will take their place in history while helping to raise funds for the Metropolitan Police Boys & Girls Clubs, the event's beneficiary.  Guests will be entertained with performances by Washington DC's legendary Godfather of Go-Go Chuck Brown, enjoy a guest DJ, dancing, and light fare."

Inaugural Luau
Inaugural Luau Inc. "Totally grassroots organization that formed suddenly when a bunch of friends going to DC for the inauguration were shut out of the Hawaii Society Ball by scalpers.  We're from Hawaii...  we just needed a place to party."
Venue:  Hotel Monaco.
Tickets:  Regular $250; Premium $500.
Quotable:  "Spread a little aloha in DC at the first Inaugural Luau. Experience authentic ono (delicious) Hawaiian food cooked by Les Tomita, owner and chef at Da Kitchen on Maui and the music of multiple Hoku Award Winning band Maunalua. Dress is "aloha formal" -- wear an evening gown and your prettiest Niihau shells."

Inaugural Peace Ball
Busboys and Poets and the Smithsonian Postal Museum.
Venue:  Smithsonian Postal Museum.
$165.00 (includes tax).  "More than one thousand tickets to the black-tie event sold out in less than 48 hours and more than 500 people are on a waiting list should additional tickets become available."

Quotable:  "
We have invited peacemakers from all over the globe to join us for this special experience. You will be united with hundreds of friends and allies who believe in, support and work tirelessly for peace and social justice.  Our phenomenal hosts include to date: Historian Howard Zinn, Comedian Dick Gregory, Mayor Adrian Fenty, Amy Goodman of Democracy Now, Katrina Vanden Heuvel of The Nation Magazine, Laura Flanders, Barbara Ehrenreich, Anthony Arnove, and many more."

The Inaugural Purple Ball
  Fairmont Hotel.

Gala $500 per person.
Quotable:  "Guests will be surrounded by carefully laid lush purple velvet, crystals and only the best champagne will be served. A portion of the proceeds from The Inaugural Purple Ball will benefit the ‘Eracism Foundation’.  As part of the evening, we will be serving a delicious champagne dinner.  We will also be honoring our veterans and troops."

Out for Equality
Host:  Human Rights Campaign.
Renaissance Mayflower Hotel.
Tickets:  $350 per person before December 16 and $375 thereafter.
Notes:  "The LGBT community commemoration of Barack Obama & Joe Biden's Inauguration."  Featuring entertainment and appearances by: Melissa Etheridge, Cyndi Lauper, Rufus Wainwright, Thelma Houston, and others to be announced.

The People's Inaugural Project
Host:  The Stafford Foundation.
JW Marriott Washington, D.C..
Tickets:  People's Inaugural Ball "
The ball will include 1,000 guests and is designed to formally celebrate the historic and social significance of this moment in history with Americans from every walk of life.  At least 30 percent of the attendees will be marginalized individuals who have demonstrated a positive example for us all by living with hope and creating change in their communities."  Youth Ball "The ball will include 300 guests under 18 with adult supervision.  At least 30 percent of the attendees will be marginalized individuals who have demonstrated a positive example for us all by living with hope and creating change in their communities."

Quotable:  "The People’s Inaugural Project is an investment in the underserved and distressed people in this country. It is allowing those who would otherwise never have an opportunity to do so, to come to Washington and along side of others of various social, cultural, religious and economic positions to witness and participate in the monumental and historic Obama Inauguration. We believe that the reverberations of such an unconditional investment will resonate throughout the country and for generations to come. This is just one step towards bringing healing and hope to the land where much despondency and hopelessness prevails." >

The President's Ball
Maryland Inaugural Special Committee, Dr. Louise Johnson, President & CEO.
Venue:  Arbor and Beech Ballrooms, Washington Times Building.
$200.00 before December 31, 2008.  Tickets will increase to $250.00 effective January 1, 2009.  A single VIP ticket is: $300.00.
"Celebrating the Inauguration with Pazazz."

Sikh Inaugural Ball
Sikh Community Center
Tickets:  The "Maharajah" Package $250; the "Yuvraaj" Package $150.  Only 300 tickets will be sold.
Venue:  Ascot, I-The Indian Experience (restaurant on L St, N.W.)

  "WHAT TO WEAR: Sikh Regalia or Formal Indian."

"We the People" Presidential Inaugural Gala & Ball, 2009
Host:  Chair and Event Director is Hanne M. Nordlander.
Venue:  Hyatt Regency Washington, Regency Ball Room.

Quotable:  "...the result of a an initiative by a group of volunteers who worked as part of the "grass roots movement" supporting Senator Barack Obama's campaign during the primaries and the Obama / Biden Presidential campaign. We want to celebrate this historic moment, a milestone in our history. We want to recognize the hard work and dedication of so many volunteers across our country. And we want to keep the flame of the campaign going.  To this end, a limited number of complementary Gala & Ball tickets have been extended to campaign representatives from across the country. Our youth is the future of our country, and education is the key to success. We are therefore donating part of the revenues from this event to 'One laptop per child' and other charities."

All American Ball
Host:  MetroMix - "
your one-stop local entertainment guide on where to go and what to do in DC, from the hottest restaurants and bars, to the latest in events, music, movies, style, and TV."
Venue:  Westin Washington, DC City Center.
Tickets:  Start at $175 per person.
Quotable:  "The All American Inaugural Ball is a toast to American culture featuring multiple areas of entertainment and attractions – which represent the diversity, energy and promise of American society.  Tickets are 'all-inclusive', meaning that all food and beverages are free for event guests.  Additionally, guests enjoy a full evening of amazing entertainment and attractions.  There are SIX exciting and diverse entertainment areas throughout the spectacular, multi-level party space, featuring FIVE amazing bands and DJs, multiple dance floors, strolling entertainers and interactive attractions."

Spirit of Hope Inaugural Ball
Host: The Empowerment Network,
Amourai Organique and Point Bird Productions.
Venue:  Patterson House Mansion (The Washington Club).
Tickets:  Early Bird Single $150; Early Bird Couples $250.
Quotable:  "Proceeds will benefit The Empowerment Network's youth enrichment programs."

In addition to the balls there are various luncheons and other events:
January 18

-Alaska State Society
Reception at Sonoma Restaurant on Capitol Hill.
-California State Society
Presidential Inaugural Luncheon & Fashion Show at The Ritz Carlton.
-Oklahoma State Society
Welcome Reception in Honor of the Presidential Inauguration at Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.
-Washington State SocietyReception at Sam & Harry's in Dupont Circle.
-EMILY's List
2009 EMILY's List Inaugural Luncheon at the Washington Hilton.

January 19
-Alaska State SocietyMartin Luther King Day event hosted by the Alaska Delegation with performances by Alaska Native dancers and other commemorative activities.  The location will most likely be on the “House Side” near Congressman Young’s offices.
-The Nebraska Society of Washington, DCInaugural Brunch Reception in the Columbus Club in Union Station.
-South Dakota State SocietySemi-Formal Inauguration Cocktail Reception at the James Monroe House (20th and Eye Streets).
-Pennsylvania Democratic PartyYes We Did Celebration! at the Washington Plaza Hotel.

January 20

-New York State SocietyInaugural Parade Brunch at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel.
-Alaska State SocietyAll-day open house at Jack Ferguson Associates’ office on the “Senate Side,” 203 Maryland Ave., NE. The open-house will be place for Alaskans can come and go as they please in close proximity to the swearing-in ceremony and parade. (CONFIRMED) Congressman Young has also reserved space on the “House Side” – 1334 Longworth – providing a second Alaska option for taking refuge from the usual cold temperatures.

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