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
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