People's Ball by Radhika Chalasani

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - JANUARY 20: (L-R) U.S. Army Chief Alonzo Tate, WW II veterans Ronald Swatzyna and Stephen Sherman salute President  Barack Obama's motorcade as it passes down Pennsylvania Ave January 20, 2009. The three are guests of Virginia businessman Earl W. Stafford and his non-profit foundation,  who together paid $1.6 million USD, so those who wouldn't normally have an opportunity to participate in the festivities would get a chance to celebrate. With the  help of non-profits and social service groups nationwide, including the National Urban League, some 300 people, among them the homeless, unemployed, war veterans, and those who have worked to help the less fortunate were brought to Washington D.C. to attend a specially organized ball, all-expenses paid at the JW Marriott  Hotel, a luxury  hotel near the White House.