Inaugural Ball Watch: Pearl Gala
Who: Sponsor is Asian Americans for Obama; gala open to everyone
When: Monday, Jan. 19, 7 p.m. to midnight
Where: Mandarin Oriental hotel, 1330 Maryland Ave. SW, Washington, D.C.
What: Dinner, auction, party; also includes admission to a morning conference "about voting results, the political appointment process and the legislative issues for the next Congress."
Cost: $250 per ticket
Dress Code: Black tie or traditional dress
Why You Want to Go: From the Web site: "The Honorary Gala co-chairs are Former Secretary Norman Y. Mineta and Congressman Mike Honda, DNC Vice-chair and Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus. 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. EVERYONE IS WELCOME!"
David A Nakamura
November 17, 2008; 12:00 PM ET
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