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The Lincoln 2.0 Inaugural Ball

I wanted to let my readers know that Destination DC asked me to be a host for the Lincoln 2.0 Inaugural Ball on Sunday, January 18th at the beautiful Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Inaugural Power Spot Lounge at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center on January 20th. I was eager to lend my support, and I hope that you will join me, and consider having your company sponsor these unique events.

In honor of President-elect Barack Obama, the American Experience Foundation will host two celebratory events during Inaugural week for your VIPs to truly experience Washington, DC. Sponsorship opportunities are available. The American Experience Foundation, a 501(c) (3) public charity, in affiliation with Destination DC, is committed to developing national programs, in conjunction and independently with organizations with the same mission, to educate the public about the arts, culture, American democracy, and the unique heritage of Washington, DC.


“A New Birth of Freedom,” is the theme for President–elect Barack Obama’s Inauguration Ball and commemorates the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth. The words come from the Gettysburg address, and express Abraham Lincoln’s hope that the sacrifice of those who died to preserve the nation shall lead to “a new birth of freedom” for the United States of America. In March 1865, Abraham Lincoln’s Inaugural Ball was held at one of Washington’s “noblest” buildings. This National Historic Landmark is now the home of today’s Smithsonian American Art Museum and the site of the 2009 Lincoln 2.0 Inaugural Ball. The event will capture the essence of Lincoln’s Inaugural Ball while celebrating the progression of our country and the 2009 Presidential Inauguration. The Inaugural Ball will include lavish food stations, a full service open bar, and the opportunity to enjoy the historic collections of the museum.

Date: Sunday, January 18, 2009

Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F Street, Washington, D.C.  


Time: 8:00 – 11:00 pm


Attire: Black tie




Regular – $375 ($175 is tax-deductible) 


VIP – $500 which includes admission to a special Victorian Champagne Party in the Museum’s Great Hall. Special entertainment and special dignitaries will be part of the evening.


To purchase tickets to the Lincoln 2.0 Inaugural Ball – click here and go to Register


For those who purchase sponsorships for the Lincoln 2.0 Inaugural Ball, you may be able to witness a powerful moment in history, the inauguration of President-elect, Barack Obama. While in the midst of the celebration, Destination DC has provided sponsors the opportunity to invite their top notch clients to the Inaugural Power Spot Lounge at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. Just steps away from the parade and National Mall, this reserved lounge will serve as a mix & mingle, resting sanctuary for your VIPs to recharge from the crowds of the Inaugural Parade while enjoying the comfortable atmosphere, lavish catering service and television coverage of the celebration. (Please Note: this event does not include tickets to the 2009 Inauguration or parade).


Date: Tuesday, January 20, 2009


Location: Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC


Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm


Attire: Casual


If you have any questions or are interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact Bruce Gudenberg at 202.789.7048 or bruce.gudenberg@DestinationDC.com.


If you want to stay on top of all the events surrounding the inaugural, please check out my good friend, Andrea Hardison‘s website– www.inaugurationevents.com I will bring you cover from a variety of events, so stay tuned!


Hope you’ll join me at the Lincoln 2.0 Inaugural Ball! This is a moment in history that calls for great celebration!



– Miss A

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