“No wrongs have ever been righted by riots and civil disorders. A sniper is only a coward, not a hero; and an uncontrolled, uncontrollable mob is only the voice of madness, not the voice of the people.”-Bobby Kennedy’, April 5, 1968

In celebration of the peaceful transfer of power and, in a spirit of bipartisanship and unity, leaders from entertainment, politics, business, the military, media, non-profit and community organizations from across the country will attend the Vettys Inaugural Ball an exclusive formal Gala on January 20, 2021 In Washington, D.C. 

We The Purple is the beginning of a journey pioneered in hope, unity and optimism for this beloved country of ours. It will be a bi-partisan celebration of the 59th Presidential Inauguration with respect and honor for the office of presidency and our fellow Americans.

 

Let's not make history with violence, protests and hate. Let's make history by choosing to be One Nation, indivisible. Though we may be physically distant from each other at this time, we have the opportunity to open a window in this wall of hate. We're only as divided as we choose to be, and only we have the power to change that. 

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WE THE PURPLE INAUGURAL BALL 

A private inaugural dinner was organized for guests that chose to participate at an undisclosed location on January 20, 2021. 

Guests walked the red carpet in black-tie attire and celebrated a Purple America in the spirit of bi-partisanship and unity. It was a memorable evening for all participants, demonstrated the true essence of who we are as Americans as community members from all walks of life joined together as one. 

A virtual ball was hosted online for those who were unable to be there in person. 

We The Purple is only the beginning for united front from military to our American community in every corner of this land. 

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WE THE PURPLE 

PRIVATE INAUGURAL DINNER

In the aftermath of moving our official Inaugural Ball to a virtual event, we have received countless requests from our guests and supporters for our team to consider an alternative platform for the most influential members of our community to come together the night of the 59th Presidential Inauguration. 

We The Purple Inaugural Dinner will be organized for a small group of bi-partisan influencers to come together in unity at an undisclosed location. Location will only be disclosed to confirmed guests. 

More importantly, the dinner will gather those whose commitment to solving our country's greatest problems is unyielding. This is a bi-partisan event and influential guests from both parties will be in attendance as a gesture of unity, which is the American way of life. 

Social distancing guidelines will be enforced. 

Please note that there will be extensive security measures in place. 

Donations benefit our COVID-19 Recovery Project.

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SPECIAL PERFORMANCE BY

PAUL STANLEY (KISS)

As co-founder of KISS, Stanley has piloted the band's music and business through its 50-year career as one of the biggest bands in the history of rock. In addition to 100 million in world sales, their 30 U.S. gold albums make them the #1 American band for most certified gold albums. Stronger than ever, the KISS legacy continues to grow, generation after generation. Stanley has further established his legacy when his memoir Face The Music: A Life Exposed debuted at #2 on the New York Times best seller list upon its April 2014 release and was followed by his second best seller Backstage Pass.

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B. TAYLOR 

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER

B. Taylor, a No. 1 Billboard-charted musician, writer, producer and performer, the Peoria, Illinois native was a University of Missouri football and basketball student athlete and later became a decorated sailor in the U.S. Navy, as well as a standout player of the All Navy and Military Team USA basketball team . During the war he was awarded special duty and a honorary discharge by the Secretary of the Navy in order to pursue the NFL and his savvy entertainment career professionally. B. Taylor maintains an active presence as a Global Ambassador of Music and Entertainment for the U.S. Military, Veterans, First Responders and their families , and has been supported by many top ranking officials from all four branches of the U.S. Military (Navy, Army, Air Force and Marines) as well as Head Department of Defense officials. He earned 2 Grammy Nomination Considerations in 2012 for his single “Fire In Your Eyes,” ft. NCIS star actress Pauley Perrette, which reached No. 1 on the Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip Hop Singles Sales Chart. Taylor has also performed for President Bush’s family, President and First Lady Obama and opened for Ludacris, Snoop Dogg, Ray J, and many other notable entertainers.

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MESSAGE FROM OUR PRESIDENT

ASSAL RAVANDI

"The fact that everyone is tired, weary and frustrated is not a state of mind. The medicine for our wounds is right here among us. One can find it in our neighborhoods and schools; by pulling over - all at once - for the siren we see behind our cars; you can find it in fellowship; you can find it in public servants and in the truth we tell one another; you can find it in the 18 year old who will never know what it’s like to live under the free American sky because long ago he gave his life for your freedom; and you can find it almost everywhere, all around us if we open our hearts and are willing to truly listen to each other."

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"We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies.

Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection."-Abraham Lincoln

THE NIGHT

A night of celebration and elegance designed to bring together the most influential and diverse leaders of our nation. The Vettys Inaugural Ball will benefit the  COVID-19 Recovery Project. VIP guests will be feted to a delicious champagne dinner, surrounded by exquisitely laid lush green velvet, and breathtaking sparkling flowers. The gala will honor our veterans and service men and women in recognition of their tireless dedication to serve, protect, and defend our great nation.

The theme of this year’s Vettys Inaugural Ball - “Ties That Bind US” - symbolizes the fundamental concept of “One Team, One Fight” that our service members live by as they bear arms for not only the red states or the blue states - but for the United States of America. 

“When we immigrated to America more than 3 decades ago, the doors of opportunity, acceptance and tolerance opened before us. I have since lived the American dream. I believe we will once again come together at hockey games divided only by the color of our jerseys - not the color of our states - That’s the America I know, said Assal Ravandi, President of the Academy of United States Veterans

The ball will be an evening of celebration and elegance designed to bring together the most influential and diverse leaders of our nation. With a special toast to our troops, this cosmopolitan soirée promises to display the most momentous traditions and rituals of prestigious military balls. Just minutes from the White House, our distinguished black tie event will be filled with enchanting attire sure to turn heads throughout the night; an experience too remarkable to miss.
“The Vettys Inaugural Ball is a celebration of the continuing role our veterans will play in influencing the future of our nation,” added Assal Ravandi
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RED CARPET ARRIVALS

VIPs walk 100 feet of red carpet at 5:30PM EST, greeted by military officials, celebrity hosts and influential veterans.

The red carpet arrivals will be live streamed on multiple social media platforms, sharing this historic and memorable evening with fellow Americans across the globe.  Access to the red carpet will be granted to VIP guests and members of media with approved credentials. 

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We invite veterans, active duty and their families from each branch of our military to join forces with us in hosting a night to remember for our American community at large. 

Our goal is to truly celebrate this momentous occasion where we as a nation came together every four years and make history so we can proudly live up to the promise of our Pledge of Allegiance - 'One nation under God indivisible with liberty and justice for all.