- The Washington Times - Friday, December 22, 2006

D.C. Mayor-elect Adrian M. Fenty is planning a $500,000 party for his Jan. 2 inauguration, a bash free to the public that will cost roughly $100,000 more than his predecessor’s first victory celebration.

“I’m looking forward to celebrating with the entire city,” said Mr. Fenty, a Democrat and former Ward 4 council member. “This inaugural ball will be a time for the city to come together and celebrate the exciting new beginning that’s ahead.”

The inauguration will begin at 7 a.m. with a service at New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Northwest.

The service will be followed by a 10 a.m. swearing-in ceremony for Mr. Fenty and members of the City Council.

Mr. Fenty then will host an open house at 2 p.m. at his newly created bullpen office in the John A. Wilson Building, before returning to the convention center for an inaugural ball beginning at 7 p.m.

Mr. Fenty’s transition team said yesterday it had distributed 10,277 of 15,000 free tickets. The tickets can be picked up weekdays in the back lobby of the Frank D. Reeves Municipal Center in Northwest.

The transition team has so far raised $213,000 for the festivities, officials said.

Mayor Anthony A. Williams’ first inauguration in 1999 was budgeted at about $400,000, according to previous reports. Mr. Williams’ second inauguration cost him about $216,000.

The donations to Mr. Fenty’s inaugural festivities are given directly to a nonprofit corporation established by the transition team, and leftover money will be put in a constituent-services fund, officials said.

A list of donors shows Mr. Fenty has received money from such prominent businesses as accounting firm Thompson, Cobb, Bazilio & Associates, which gave $25,000.

Jeffrey E. Thompson, the firm’s chairman and chief executive officer, won influential appointments to serve on the boards of the University of the District of Columbia and the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority under Mr. Williams, a Democrat.

Mr. Thompson’s firm and his health plan, Chartered Health, have won tens of millions of dollars in D.C. contracts since 2000.

Mr. Thompson also supported Mr. Fenty’s rival in the mayoral race, outgoing council Chairman Linda W. Cropp.

Other donors to Mr. Fenty’s inauguration include the real estate consortium Tenacity Group, which gave $25,000; Richard Kramer, founder and chairman of Republic Property Trust, who gave $20,000; and real estate investment and development company, the Jarvis Company LLC, which gave $2,000.

Ernest Jarvis, who is affiliated with the Jarvis Company, is the son of former D.C. Council member Charlene Drew Jarvis, whom Mr. Fenty defeated in 2001 to win the council’s Ward 4 seat.

Bank of America and Chevy Chase Bank have each donated $25,000. Engineering consulting firm Delon Hampton & Associates and the Comcast cable company contributed $10,000 and $15,000, respectively.

Jim McElhatton contributed to this report.

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