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Stafford Foundation Announces “People’s Inaugural Project” At Washington’s Historic JW Marriott

Foundation extends invitations for hundreds of disadvantaged Americans to join festivities

WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 4, 2008: The Stafford Foundation, a foundation committed to helping underserved, marginalized and distressed individuals, has announced its unprecedented inauguration celebration plans at The JW Marriott Washington, D.C. hotel, located between the Capitol and the White House.

“Our foundation is thrilled about the unprecedented opportunity to bring Americans of every walk of life together for a momentous celebration,” said Earl W. Stafford, Sr., who founded the Stafford Foundation in 2002. “We are committed to giving the underserved a chance to prosper and thrive, and these events will offer them a front-row seat to our nation’s historic celebration in downtown Washington.”

Thanks to the foundation’s $1 million investment, participants will attend the events and stay at the JW Marriott free of charge. A third of the tickets for all the Stafford Foundation events will be distributed to hundreds of marginalized Americans who have demonstrated a positive example by embodying hope and facilitating change in their communities. The Marriott will serve as the central point to welcome the group of diverse people who come to celebrate America’s new president.

Mr. Stafford added, “The People’s Inaugural Project offers the underprivileged in our society a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to come to our nation’s capital and join in the watershed inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama. It’s a historic investment for our foundation.”

The day’s events will include:

  • Prayer Breakfast on the morning of January 19, which will provide hope and prayer for our country, its financial stability, our troops in battle and especially President-elect Barack Obama.
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Luncheon on the afternoon of January 19, which will celebrate the realization of Dr. Martin Luther King’s inspirational vision.
  • The People’s Inaugural Ball on the evening of January 20, which will bring together citizens from all walks of life.
  • The Inaugural Youth Ball on the evening of January 20, which will allow the next generation of Americans to celebrate this historic event.

I volunteered at a soup kitchen before work today. I’ve never seen such a grateful and thankful group of people.

~ @sweetcrazyarmy (from twitter)