Gala Inaugural Ball, 1/19/05: Can obtain a few more tix

Key Senators (Durban, Obama), Speaker of the House (Hastert) & Other VIPs Invited
Many themed rooms, music, varied food & fun - may be the best inaugural party of all
Sign up ASAP - tickets fast, but a few more available

When: Wednesday, January 19, 2005, 8:00 pm to 1:30 am (suggest you arrive early, as this is a big event). Our group will meet at 7:30 pm sharp at the glass sculpture on the lobby level at the north end of the Grand Hyatt so that everyone will start the evening with a few familiar faces. Look for Club President Alan Schlaifer (if you don't know him, do a Google image search of his name to find his image - then picture him in Black Tie.)

Where: Grand Hyatt Hotel, 1000 H St. (10th & H Sts.), NW, DC

Attire: Black tie. Important: Must bring Photo ID for each person>

Tickets: $175/person inclusive for current members and up to 3 guests. This covers all food, beverages, and entertainment in the many themed areas of this Gala Ball. It is a bargain, especially for anyone in the DC area who does not need to pay for travel or hotel rooms here.
NOTE: You must register in advance and indicate and address where your tickets should be delivered. This is the only place where you can sign up and pay online for tickets to this Gala Inaugural Ball.
Limited number of tickets; first come, first served. All purchases after 1/16/05 can be held at "will call" at the Grand Hyatt. Prior tickets all sent Priority Mail or Fedex.
Please call us no later than 4 pm on 1/19 if your tickets have not arrived (and you ordered before 1/16); we will have to make arrangements for you.

Parking & Metro: Metro Center, 11th Street exit leads directly to the Grand Hyatt. Many couples in black tie do take Metro, as parking, at this hotel or elsewhere at nearby garages, may be difficult.

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Highlights: This Inaugural Gala Ball will feature varied themed rooms, cuisines, and seven musical groups, for every style including ballroom, soul, country and western, and rock and roll on Wednesday night, January 19 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel at 1000 H Street, NW, from 8 PM to 1:30 AM.

The bipartisan Illinois State Society was founded in 1854 and is Washington's oldest state society. The club has sponsored Inaugural parties since President Lincoln's Inauguration in 1861. Guests do not need to come from Illinois to attend. Tickets may be purchased by any Washington area resident (or anyone else) who loves a good party and bipartisan fun and goodwill. The honorary co-chairs for the event are House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) and Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.).

"The Illinois party is one of Washington's oldest and best Inauguration traditions," said Gala Chairman Suzanne New. "We have every meeting room on two floors of the Grand Hyatt Hotel to offer a variety of bands, food, and exhibits. Our society is celebrating our 150th Jubilee year and this will be one of our best parties," New said.

Four of your musical options for dancing or listening: Lester Lanin, Hip Pocket, Southern Winds, Second Nature

Varied and entertaining musical options appeal to every taste:
**The world-famous Lester Lanin Orchestra in the City of Chicago Ballroom sponsored by Motorola, Inc. The Lester Lanin Orchestra has played at every inauguration in the last 52 years.
**Hip Pocket, a rock and roll band from Illinois
**Southern Winds, a country and western band from Virginia
**Washington, DC's own Second Nature band will feature the sounds of Motown
**Fans of contemporary pianist Kit Sampson will find him playing in the ballroom
**Daryl Ott is playing show tunes in the Mississippi Riverboat Lounge
** DJs Terry and Barry from Nick's Night Club in Alexandria will spin sock hop tunes of the 1950s and 1960s and other oldies in the Whistle Stop Diner
**Classical music will be played The Strolling Strings from Fort Washington, Maryland

Speaker Hastert with Rosa Parks; Sen. Obama with his family; Sen. Durban

VIP invited guests, including:
--Senator Barack Obama (D-IL), riveting orator at the Democratic Convention
--Senator Dick Durban (D-IL), Senate Minority Whip
--Congressman Dennis Hastest (R-IL), Speaker of the House
--Corporate and association leaders, based in DC, Chicago and other Illinois cities
--Many others

Themed areas of the Ball, each with music and food to match the theme:
--Ballroom, with delightful music and varied cuisine
--City of Chicago: Sponsored by Motorola
--The Stadium: Sponsored by Exelon Corporation
--State Fair: Sponsored by Caterpillar
--Mississippi Riverboat Lounge: Sponsored by Monsanto Imagine

Brief history of Inaugural Balls from the Society website:

Few events capture a president’s personality and style as well as the inaugural balls. On inaugural night, Washington, D.C., sparkles with festivities at its biggest and best locales. Inaugural balls today are customarily divided by state groupings, with tickets sold in advance. Historically, they’ve come in many forms.

The first official inaugural ball was held in 1809 for President James Madison. The elegant affair guided by hostess extraordinaire Dolley Madison included formal dancing followed by a sit-down supper. It set the standard for many inaugural balls to come.

Balls continued throughout the century, with President Lincoln considering them important enough to host, despite the Civil War. They got out of hand in 1869, however, when revelers at Ulysses S. Grant’s packed ball engaged in a food fight. Grant’s second ball was equally memorable. Held in a tent, the freezing temperatures caused the canaries brought in to sing for the event to freeze and drop to their deaths on the guests.

Woodrow Wilson considered inaugural balls too frivolous and undignified for the solemn swearing-in of a president and didn’t have any. Unofficial balls emerged in 1921 under Warren Harding, after Congress opposed them because of the recession. A private party at a Washington , D.C. , mansion hosted everyone but the president.

Charity balls replaced the usual fanfare during the Great Depression and World War II. In 1949, Harry Truman revived the official ball after barely winning the presidency. Dwight Eisenhower duplicated his balls to meet the demand and their numbers have increased ever since. John F. Kennedy attended five balls in white tie and tails. Television captured the president and his wife, Jacqueline, enjoying the soirees -- and the nation was hooked.

Inaugural balls were reduced once again under Jimmy Carter, who called them “parties” and lowered ticket prices to $25. The peanut-and-pretzel affairs were a national disappointment. Ronald Reagan turned the inaugural balls around with Hollywood glitz, hosting nine white tie balls at his first inauguration. In 1989, George Bush hosted 11 balls; Bill Clinton hosted a record 14.

George W. Bush would have had more than his eight official balls if the delayed election results hadn’t given his Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) only 34 days to plan them. In 2005, as in all inaugurals, the president will set the tone and number of official balls and attend each one, often into the wee hours.
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Honorees Nancy Brinker, Donald Frey & Leon Lederman

2005 Outstanding Illinoisan Awards at the Gala Ball  

The 2005 Illinois Presidential Inaugural Gala will mark the 3rd Anniversary of the Outstanding Illinoisan Awards presented to individuals from Illinois who display outstanding life-long services in the following areas: Arts and Entertainment; Business; Literature and Journalism; Military Service; Public Service; Non-Profit Service; Science and Technology; and Sports. Below are those who have already accepted the 2005 nomination for 2005 and their achievements that have earned them this mark of distinction.  

Nancy G. Brinker
Founder, The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation  

Nancy Goodman Brinker’s career encompasses philanthropy, diplomacy and business. Nancy Brinker is the Founder of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and Race for the Cure® and was U. S. Ambassador to Hungary from 2001 to 2003.  

Nancy established the Komen Foundation in 1982 to honor the memory of her sister, Susan, whom she had lost to the disease in 1980. The Race for the Cure® was created the following year in an effort to raise community awareness and funding for breast cancer education and scientific research. Today it is the world's largest 5K race series, with almost one million people participating in 109 cities nationwide. Since its inception, the Foundation has raised more than $225 million for breast cancer research, education, and screening treatment programs across the country. Nancy has taken an active political role and served on the Board of Directors of several organizations in support of cancer research.

In 2001, Brinker accepted President George W. Bush's nomination of Ambassador to Hungary , and her achievements there are equally impressive. She helped to preserve tax benefits and lower tariffs on U.S. companies doing business in Hungary. Brinker negotiated the hosting and training of the Free Iraqi Forces, an expatriate group who later joined coalition forces in Operation Iraqi Freedom, making Hungary the first European country to contribute to regime change in Iraq. Her groundbreaking efforts to advance the cause of women's health in Hungary included a symposium and ceremonial walk across the country's oldest bridge (lit pink for the occasion) to raise breast cancer awareness.  

Nancy 's remarkable life story is a profound testament to the possibility within all of us to effect positive change in the world. At the podium, she shares her extraordinary journey from humble beginnings in Peoria, Illinois, to her philanthropic achievements in the fight against breast cancer, to her accomplished Ambassadorship in Eastern Europe. Her inspiring presentation reveals the power of hard work and perseverance in accomplishing the American dream.  

Professor Donald N. Frey
Industrial Business Leader

Professor Donald N. Frey was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1923. After a boyhood in Iowa, he entered engineering school at Michigan State College in 1940. World War II then intervened and during the years of 1942-1946, Donald Frey served as an officer in the U.S. Army. He then re-entered engineering school, this time at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he completed his Ph.D. in Metallurgical Engineering in 1949 while maintaining an Assistant Professorship.

Donald Frey's career in the world of international business began at the FORD MOTOR COMPANY in 1950. He became Vice-President and Chief Engineer at Ford in 1964. Dr. Frey was responsible for many industrial innovations. In 1965, he was project manager for what would become the icon vehicle of an era, the original Ford Mustang.

He then resigned in 1968 to become the president of the GENERAL CABLE COMPANY. He then actively directed himself to environmental issues in 1970 by establishing new methods of copper recovery for the recycling industry using a tolling principle.
In 1971, Don Frey was appointed President and CEO of the BELL & HOWELL COMPANY. In 1975, while at Bell & Howell and as a Director of Twentieth Century Fox Corp., he was responsible for the first high-volume integrated manufacture of video cassettes for the movie industry. And ten years later, in 1985, Bell & Howell produced the first successful CD-ROM based information system, initially for General Motors dealer service operations.

Donald N. Frey retired from industry in 1988. He then channeled his industrial experiences into academia by accepting a Professorship in Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences (IE/MS) at NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY'S McCormick School of Engineering on the Evanston, IL campus. His career continues at Northwestern, now in its 15th year, where he is a lecturer and a supervisor of Ph.D. students – 16, at the current count. His guest lecturing requests are as plentiful and widely diversified as is his wealth of knowledge and expertise.

Don Frey is married to opera soprano, Helen-Kay Eberley, the father of six children, and a proud grandfather of thirteen.

Dr. Leon M. Lederman
Winner of the 1988 Nobel Prize in Physics

Leon M. Lederman, internationally renowned high-energy physicist, is Director Emeritus of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Illinois, and holds an appointment as Pritzker Professor of Science at Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago. Dr. Lederman served as Chairman of the State of Illinois Governor's Science Advisory Committee. He is a founder and the inaugural Resident Scholar at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, a 3-year residential public high school for the gifted. Dr. Lederman was the Director of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory from June 1, 1979 to June 30, 1989. He is a founder and Chairman of the Teachers Academy for Mathematics and Science, active in the professional development of primary school teachers in Chicago .  

For more than thirty years, Dr. Lederman has been associated with Columbia University in New York City, having been a student and a faculty member there. Professor Lederman was the Eugene Higgins Professor of Physics at Columbia from 1972-79 and served as Director of Nevis Laboratories in Irvington, Columbia 's center for experimental research in high-energy physics, from 1962-79. With colleagues and students from Nevis he led an extensive and wide-ranging series of experiments that provided major advances in the understanding of particles and interactions, thus contributing significantly to what is known as the "standard model."

Major experiments included the observation of parity violation in decay of pi and mu mesons, the discovery of the long-lived neutral kaon, the discovery of two kinds of neutrinos and the discovery of the upsilon particle, the first evidence for the bottom quark. His research was based upon experiments principally using the particle accelerators at Nevis Labs, Brookhaven and Fermilab, although he has carried out research at CERN (Geneva), Berkeley, Cornell and Rutherford (England). He has published over 300 papers and has sponsored the research of 52 graduate students.  

In 1990 he was elected President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the largest scientific organization in the U.S. He is a member of the National Academy of Science, and he has received many awards, including the National Medal of Science (1965), the Elliot Cresson Medal of the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia (1976), the Wolf Prize in Physics (1982), the Nobel Prize in Physics (1988), and the Enrico Fermi Prize, given by President Clinton in 1993. He served as a founding member of the High Energy Physics Advisory Panel of the U.S. Department of Energy and the International Committee for Future Accelerators.

Lederman serves on the Boards of the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, the Secretary of Energy, the Council of American Science Writers, the Weizmann Institute in Israel, and the University Research Association. He has received honorary degrees and memberships in over 30 institutions, including those in England, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Italy, Israel, Finland and Russia.    

Another option for you to consider during the week or the Inauguration or any other convenient time:

The Smithsonian Institution invites you to visit "The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden" at the National Museum of American History (14th & Constitution Ave., NW). With more than 900 artifacts related to the 42 men who have held our nation's highest office, you will be able to experience up close some of the country's true national treasures: George Washington's military uniform, the lap desk on which Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, and the top hat Abraham Lincoln wore on the night of his assassination. With a dozen video presentations produced by The History Channel, numerous interactive experiences, and a variety of special programs, you can explore the full sweep of the American presidency in this unprecedented exhibition.

Step into the shoes of the president and deliver a segment of a memorable speech by Franklin Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, or Ronald Reagan using a teleprompter. Take a peek at First Family life inside the White House and view Amy Carter's dollhouse and Chelsea Clinton's ballet slippers. See how presidents have found themselves reflected in the country's popular culture with Harrison Ford's costume from "Air Force One," Martin Sheen's windbreaker from "The West Wing," and other memorabilia. Learn how Americans have expressed their feelings about the chief executive in times of prosperity, crisis, and loss. And experience how presidents have communicated with the American people and the world.
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