Are You Planning to Attend the Presidential Inauguration?

Corporate Planners of Robinson has organized a charter to transport about 50 people from Western Pennsylvania to the Inauguration festivities in Washington, D.C.

Denise Norris will always remember the 2009 Presidential Inauguration as a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

“It was awesome,” said Norris of Corporate Planners, a full service agency based in Robinson Township. “It was just life changing really.” 

Norris will experience the historical moment all over again when she and others from Western Pennsylvania travel to Washington, D.C., to witness President Obama being sworn in Monday for his second term. An estimated 600,000 to 800,000 people are expected to attend the 57th Presidential Inauguration.

Norris, who began arranging special trips in 2003, said the agency's travel division has arranged a charter to transport "political VIPs" and passionate supporters from the area. They'll attend the swearing-in and an unofficial inaugural ball organized by the Allegheny County Democratic Committee.

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The Allegheny County Gala Ball is open to the public with advanced RSVP. The semi-formal ball costs $55 per person and includes dinner, dancing and a cash bar, Norris said. 

Allegheny County Democratic Chair Nancy P. Mills and Angie Gialloreto, Democratic chairwoman from Wilkins Township, came up with the concept for the ball. They have also recruited about 20 other county officials who will join the charter, Norris said. 

Norris began working for Obama's campaign in 2007 as an office manager in Moon Township and was psyched to witness the oath of office in 2009. 

“The energy was just so high, it was like an out-of-body experience. You were there, but you couldn’t believe you were there.”

Norris and her husband, the Rev. Urie Norris, originally planned to attend as a family. As travel clients continued to call, she said they decided in late November to take a charter to meet the demand. Norris said this trip is fine-tuned because they know what to expect. Their hotel is near the National Mall and on the D.C. metro line system.

One of their sons is flying in with a group of 12 from California to join the charter in Pittsburgh, she said. Their youngest son, Nehemiah, a Sewickley Academy student, will also attend. 

Norris said the ball will include DJ entertainment, in addition to line dance instructions earlier in the evening. 

Do you plan to attend the Inauguration Ceremony or watch it on television? Why or why not? Tell us in the comment section. 



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joe sixpack January 19, 2013 at 09:42 PM
If this farce was held in my basement, I would not attend.
Joshua Crawford January 22, 2013 at 09:32 PM
I have great news for Ms. Norris her 2009 experience does not have to be “once in a life time” it happens every 4 years. As this past Monday has shown us it did indeed happen again! Oh boy! So the big question is, “does Ms. Norris have an “out of body experience” every time a president has been elected? I mean lets be real if you 40 you have at least seen 8 or more of these. This inauguration was special to me as well because the Obama regime is half over. Its all downhill from here. Short of a divine intervention we can expect more of the same… Fun Facts G. Bush 8 years $4.89 Trillion in new Debt “unpatriotic” “The problem is, is that the way Bush has done it over the last eight years is to take out a credit card from the Bank of China in the name of our children… $30,000 for every man, woman and child…That’s irresponsible. It’s unpatriotic.” Sen Barak Obama 2008 B. Obama 4 years 4.93 trillion in new debt Share for every man woman and child Today $52,000 yikes


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