Looks like fun. I wonder if there is an inaugural ball for the coal, oil, and gas industry? From an email invitation:
What: The 2013 Green Inaugural Ball
Who: Co-Hosted by: American Renewable Energy Institute, American Rivers, As You Sow, American Wind Energy Association, Blue Green Alliance, Carbon War Room, Defenders of Wildlife, Earth Policy Institute, ecoAmerica. Energy Action Coalition, Energy & Environment for Obama, Environment America, Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital, Geothermal Energy Association, Green For All, Greenpeace, League of Conservation Voters, National Audubon Society, National Hydropower Association, National Parks Conservation Association, National Wildlife Federation, Natural Resources Defense Council Action Fund, The Nature Conservancy, Oceana, Sierra Club, Solar Energy Industry Association, Solar Electric Power Association, The Trust for Public Land, UN Foundation, The Vote Solar Initiative, The Wilderness Society, World Alliance for Decentralized Energy (host committee in formation)
When: January 20, 2013
Where: Washington Marriott Wardman Park, 2660 Woodley Road NW, Washington, DC. Doors open at 7pm.
Why: To bring together the broad environmental, conservation and clean tech community to celebrate the past four years and look forward to the future.
Sponsors: Sponsorship Packages start at $10,000, and are tax-deductible. Full information is attached. All sponsorships are limited and are subject to review and approval by the Green Ball Steering Committee. Sponsorships can be made through National Wildlife Federation, a 501(c)(3) organization.
Tickets: Pre-Sale tickets are $250 for General Admission and $1,500 for VIP Level. Public Sale tickets are $400 for General Admission and $1,950 for VIP Level. Pre-Sale tickets are available to Host Committee Members and are available from December 10th until December 20th. Tickets go on sale to the public on December 21st. A portion of the purchase price of VIP tickets is tax-deductible. All tickets are limited.
Accommodations: Limited room blocks are being held at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park. They are held and secured on a first-come first-serve basis for Sponsors only. Deadline to reserve to December 20th.
Maybe one way to help reduce the deficit would be to roll back the tax deduction for $10,000 inaugural ball sponsorship packages?