How Hollywood Gets Invited to Obama's Inauguration

Tinseltown donors get ticket offers over e-mail for receptions and VIP events -- with a total price tag of $229,000.
President Obama, left, and Bruce Springsteen
President Obama, left, and Bruce Springsteen
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This story first appeared in the Jan. 11 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

During the lull between Christmas and New Year’s, Barack Obama’s Hollywood donors were peppered with e-mails offering what might be called an “a la carte” approach to joining his Jan. 21 inaugural celebrations.

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A mere $15,000 nets a ticket to the Benefactors Brunch, while well-wishers can cruise the inaugural ball’s VIP Reception Room for $2,500. Tops is $110,000 for two to the Candlelight VIP Reception, which includes a photo with the president. The bargain is a general viewing seat at the inaugural parade for $250.

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Grand total for a couple wanting VIP access at nine events: $229,000.