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Obama Will Attend D.C., Regional, Youth Balls

UPDATE: Phone number for ticket information added below.

The presidential inaugural committee today announced the full slate of official inaugural balls -- all of which the new president will attend-- and there's one in there for every American.

The slate includes a Neighborhood Ball for D.C. residents and other invitees, Home States balls for Obama (Hawaii and Illinois) and Biden (Pennsylvania and Delaware), and five regional balls for invitees from every other U.S. state and territory (Eastern, Western, Southern, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest). Obama also will host two themed balls -- a Youth Ball for people aged 18 to 35, and a Commander-in-Chief's Ball for active duty and reserve military.

Tickets for the location-based balls will be $150, while Youth Ball tickets will be half that. For information on how to obtain tickets, call 202-651-2009.

The full press release, including the location of each ball, follows.

President-elect Barack Obama will host a Youth Inaugural Ball, five Regional Inaugural balls, and a ball for his Home States -- Illinois and Hawaii. Vice President-elect Joe Biden will host a ball for his Home States as well: Delaware and Pennsylvania. These balls round out the list of official inaugural balls to be held on Tuesday, January 20, along with the previously announced Neighborhood Inaugural Ball and Commander in Chief's Ball. The President-elect and the Vice President-elect will appear at each of the ten inaugural balls.

"This is America's inaugural celebration in every way," said Presidential Inaugural Committee Executive Director Emmett S. Beliveau. "Young people are more engaged in this country's future than ever before and we want to harness that excitement by inviting them to participate in this historic occasion. In that same vein, we are hosting events to bring people from all walks of life and from across the country - from the President-elect and Vice President-elect's home states, as well as every corner of the nation - to celebrate this country's unity moving forward."

The Youth ball is intended for young Americans aged 18-35 and will celebrate the inauguration of the new president and the role young Americans can play to serve their communities. Tickets will be available at a reduced price of $75.

The Regional Inaugural Balls are an inaugural tradition that President-elect Obama will continue, inviting guests from the Midwest, the West, the East, the South, and the Mid-Atlantic regions to their own celebrations. Tickets will be available to invited guests for $150.

To cap off the night, Obama and Biden will each host guests from their home states to a ball to celebrate their inaugurations with those who know them best -- their friends, families and local supporters. Tickets to this event will also be available to invited guests for $150.

Additional details about the balls are below:

Youth Inaugural Ball -- Young Americans aged 18-35; Washington Hilton

Obama Home States Inaugural Ball -- Illinois and Hawaii invited guests; Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Biden Home States Inaugural Ball -- Delaware and Pennsylvania invited guests; Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Eastern Inaugural Ball -- CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT, PR, and USVI invited guests; Union Station

Mid-Atlantic Inaugural Ball -- MD, VA, DC, NY, NJ, and WV invited guests; Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Midwest Inaugural Ball -- KS, IN, IA, MI, MN, ND, NE, OH, SD, WI, and MO invited guests; Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Southern Inaugural Ball -- AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, and TX invited guests; National Guard Armory

Western Inaugural Ball -- AK, CA, ID, MT, OR, WA, WY, AZ, CO, NV, NM, UT, OK, GUAM/AS invited guests; Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Neighborhood Inaugural Ball -- D.C. residents, additional guests; Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Commander-in-Chief's Inaugural Ball -- Enlisted active duty and reserve military; National Building Museum

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  January 6, 2009; 9:34 AM ET  | Category:  The Balls , Youth
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The International Club of DC has organized a gala at the Embassy of Indonesia during the inaugural weekend.


Posted by: BethesdaMD | January 6, 2009 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Who should we contact to purchase tickets for the Youth Ball?

Also, have there been anymore announcements as to how D.C. residents can obtain tickets to the Neighborhood Ball?

Posted by: Princeton_Rambler | January 6, 2009 11:02 AM | Report abuse

18 to 35 is "Youth"????
There's your trouble.
And sadly, that's how long it takes many youth to begin thinking as adults.

That is the Starbucks generation - people who pay $4.00 for a cup of coffee, that they can get for $1 elsewhere, then whine about how poor they are. Our future leaders.

Posted by: JerryFla | January 6, 2009 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Last I checked, you aren't allowed to vote until you're 18 and you're not considered an adult until you're 18. It's the 18-35 crowd who got out and voted and got Obama elected, because those 18 year-olds who voted have not been happy with George W. Bush since they were 10 years old. (I'm drinking coffee that I made at home, thank you very much).

-Age 26

Posted by: lisity17 | January 6, 2009 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Is it sad that even though I refuse to get Starbucks I still understood JerryFla's text speak?

Anyways, how else would you define "youth"? They wouldn't allow minors to attend as they cannot vote and require adult supervision (which is unlikely to ensure at a ball); 35 is a reasonable age to end the group to allow a wide-range of people to attend, while avoiding middle-agers.

Posted by: tbloomquist | January 6, 2009 11:49 AM | Report abuse

It just sounds like JerryFla is a miserable old man who instead of being excited that the "youth" of today actually voted and was apart of the democratic process is complaining about how they are buying expensive coffee (which last time I went to starbucks the overwhelming majority of the customers in line were adults well into their 40s and 50s).

Your (JerryFla) attitude is the trouble these days -- and don't forget who is going to be supporting you when you retire - the good ol' "youth" who will be working till they are 70+ so you can receive medicare.

Posted by: cheese24 | January 6, 2009 12:01 PM | Report abuse


Are you bitter because you still get picked on by young people who call you an angry OLD man? If so, read your message to yourself and you will probably see why...you angry old man...lol

Posted by: scrappyc20001 | January 6, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

I checked the comments here, sure to find some Obama-Hater complaining about something as innocuous as a ball, and JerryFla sure didn't disappoint!

Of course 18 to 35 is considered "youth" for categorization purposes. My only regret is that I am too old for it. :)

Go Young People!

Posted by: neon_bunny | January 6, 2009 12:23 PM | Report abuse

These flagrant displays of materialism are extremely irresponsible during this time of economic crises. I wish the balls had all been cancelled, with any money raised going to charity.

Posted by: scarlett1 | January 6, 2009 1:02 PM | Report abuse

You kids get off Jerry's lawn!

Posted by: bug451 | January 6, 2009 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone noticed all of the "un-official" balls out there? They seem a bit more fun and are more inclusive of the public at large. I would go based purely on entertainment value like at the Blue Diamond Inaugural Ball where Jackson Browne will perform hurrah!

Posted by: emissary3 | January 6, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Ooooh, NC got burned:

Southern Inaugural Ball -- AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, and TX invited guests; National Guard Armory

Why did they get put in the crappiest venue along with the GOP voting states?

Posted by: hoos3014 | January 6, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

How do someone get tickets for The Youth ball?

Posted by: salih_taylor | January 6, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Everyone is 25, inside, no matter how old they are. I'm 54, and I understood Jerry Fla's text message. Hw Cl is tht

Posted by: murrysfriend | January 6, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

This is definitely appropriate for a coronation. Chicago politics meets DC "O Drama". I looked over the list and didn't see one that included "Frankinsota". He should have some "balls" as the way he seems to be stealing the elections, fits right in with the incoming, po-folks that "gonna fix things".

What a wasteful joke. Americas who buy into this deserve what they're getting.

Oregon Mom

Posted by: epicwolf1 | January 6, 2009 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Another, really - really bad day for the DEMOCRUDS.

Posted by: hclark1 | January 6, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Oh Jackson Browne - that would be amazing. Where is the Blue Diamond Ball? I'm going to google it...

Posted by: mbrouse | January 7, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Ahhhh Jackson, you know we don't have that kind of money! $500 or $1,000 per person?!

Posted by: JBfan | January 8, 2009 8:17 PM | Report abuse

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