People's Ball by Radhika Chalasani

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - JANUARY 20: Diamond Bass (16) watches Barack Obama on tv as he takes the oath of office of the President of the U.S. January 20, 2009 at a party at the JW Marriott Hotel hosted by the People's Inaugural Project. The project's festivities, including an inaugural ball, are 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.