People's Ball by Radhika Chalasani

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - JANUARY 20:  Party goers at the People's Inauguration Ball celebrate Barack Obama becoming President of the U.S. January 20, 2009 at the JW Marriott Hotel. The ball, was put on  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.