Monday, January 19, 2009
A Ball for All
After reporting on the challenges that people with disabilities will face to attend the "open" Inauguration activities, I wanted to share this news about a different kind of Inaugural event -- the People's Inaugural Ball. Businessman Earl W. Stafford rented space at the JW Marriott two blocks from the White House and invited people whose health or income would have prevented them from attending this historic Inauguration. Attendees include victims of natural disasters, foster children, people with disabilities, and people with terminal illnesses. The ball and other activites are completely funded by Stafford, with a price tag of $1.6 million.