People's Ball by Radhika Chalasani

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - JANUARY 19: Eddie J. Brumfield (91) tries on a donated suit  January 19, 2009 to choose one to wear to the People's Inaugural Ball January 20th at the JW Marriott Hotel to celebrate Barack Obama becoming President of the U.S. Brumfield is a Katrina survivor who evacuated to Houston. The ball is provided by Virginia businessman Earl W. Stafford and his non-profit Stafford Foundation, which 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 hotel near the White House.