B.E. 100 CEO to Offer Inauguration Dream for Poor

B.E. 100s CEO gives back by providing the experience of a lifetime

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Earl Stafford, CEO of Universal Systems & Technology (UNITECH), spearheaded a $1 million project to set up a presidential inauguration ball package to be offered to disadvantaged people, wounded soldiers, and others for the historic Jan. 20 event, according to reports. He’s calling it the People’s Inaugural Project which will be facilitated in the JW Marriott Hotel in Washington D.C.

The project is funded by his family’s organization, the Stafford Foundation, a faith-based nonprofit that seeks to help “underserved, marginalized, and distressed” individuals.

The package includes four suites, 300 rooms, and $200,000 worth of food and drink at the hotel, which overlooks the inaugural parade route. Stafford, whose company was listed No. 44 on the BE 100s Industrial/Service list, also plans to stage two balls, with one particularly catering to youth.

Participants will be chosen based on their demonstration of a positive example by embodying hope and creating change in their communities, and they will get to stay at the hotel free of charge.

Cooperating organizations, including the National Urban League and Washington’s Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, will help the foundation find invitees and help them get to Washington for the inauguration. Also, according to reports, Stafford has said he plans to contact homeless shelters, community organizations, and military hospitals in search of guests.

Janell Hazelwood is the copy editor and a reporter at Black Enterprise.com

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  • Robin Caldwell

    Too wonderful.

  • LC nelson

    Please extend an invitation to my sister, Evelyn D. Coleman and her two grand-daughters, Tyteyana West and LaQueria Rollins to attend the Presidential Inauguration. This would be a much needed vacation for my sister and a great educational experience for my nieces. Like many grandmothers in this day and time, my sister has had to take on the responsibility of raising a six and eight year old grand-daughters with very limited finances and resources.
    Thank you in advance for your consideration in this matter.

  • donald h. barnett jr.

    This is a wonderful thing that you are doing, i am so touched, that i would like to help. i work for an airline and would like contact information, so that so i can make a presentation to my company, regarding asistance with transportation.

  • http://www.performapittsburgh.org Raphael Kelly

    Would you be able to send our organization information in regards to helping our young people having the opportunity to travel to this historical occasion. I belief in what you are doing. This gives hope, encouragement, and motivation to those without resources to take part. You help people become better citizens of the USA when you make them feel we all make a difference.
    Thank you!

  • http://QUEENFISH1960@YAHOO.COM GAYNELLCARLISLIE

    I LIKET TO GO TO THE PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION MY NAME IS GAYNELL CARLISLIE I HAVE 8KIDS I LIKE TO SEE HISTORY MADE THANK YOU