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Hoosiers to celebrate Obama re-election

The Indiana Society of Washington, D.C., will have its inaugural ball on Jan. 20 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in the nation's capital.

The non-partisan social and philanthropic group will celebrate the re-election of President Obama and honor the election of Gov.-elect Mike Pence and the Hoosier congressional delegation.

The formal dinner and dance has been conducted every four years on the eve of the presidential inauguration since 1953.

"We've had good attendance regardless of who the president is," said Jan Powell, chairwoman of the Indiana Society's inaugural ball.

Tickets are $400 a person and $9,000 for a table of 10 people. The ballroom has a capacity for 1,200 people.

The dinner-dance sold out for Obama's first inauguration, in 2009.

"We won't reach that number this year. ... It's going to be a much quieter inauguration here in Washington this time," Powell said.

Any president's second inauguration is typically smaller than his first. News media have reported that District of Columbia tourism officials expect about 800,000 people for Obama's Jan. 21 swearing-in, compared with 1.8 million in 2009.

Entertainment at the Indiana Society's ball will be provided by the Purdue University Glee Club and the McCusker & Barrick Orchestra.

For reservations and information, go to www.indianasociety.org.

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