2013 Disability Inaugural Ball

January 16, 2013 | Nellie Wild

I can hardly believe that the Disability Community Inaugural Ball is in three days. It’s this Saturday, January 19, 2013, at the National Press Club! As a member of the ball planning committee, I’ve been working diligently with our team to make sure everything is in place for the big day. I performed the walkthrough at the Press Club yesterday and am thrilled with the space. We have worked with the Press Club to ensure that all necessary accommodations are in place for the big celebration. All the numbers are being set for the food, which will be plentiful. We’ll have passed hors d’oeuvres, carving stations, drinks, and pastries. Food and drinks will be available throughout the evening, so no worries about having to get to the ball early, but we hope you’ll be there in time for our 8:00 program, featuring our very own Tony Coelho. We promise the program will be short, but we plan to hear from members of Congress and other notables in our community. We’ve received some press inquiries, so be on the lookout for stories in some of our local area newspapers and our disability media outlets. We are thrilled to receive the coverage and to have the opportunity to get the word out about our Inaugural celebration and what it means to our community.

Aside from good food and drink, we will feature our favorite band Jukeboxx, which is no stranger to our events. You may remember that they performed at our last Inaugural celebration and at our 20th ADA Anniversary Gala in 2010. Participants are welcome to bring their instruments to the ball and jam with the band. Jonathan Young will most certainly play his trumpet again. In fact, we probably cannot keep him off the stage — I take spousal privilege here. We hope to be joined by many other musicians in our community as well. Aside from that, we are getting our volunteers in place and cannot wait to see you on Saturday night!

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