Earl Stafford is one of 12 children of a Baptist minister. The Air Force veteran is also the founder of a successful Fairfax County technology company. With the historic victory of President-elect Obama, Stafford decided to bring some friends to the inauguration. (Note to WordPress: “Obama” is no longer a typo.) He dropped $1 million on the Marriott’s “Build Your Own Ball” deal, covering 300 rooms, four suites, and $200,000 of food in a location overlooking the parade route.
So what well-connected political and business leaders are coming?
Stafford, who runs a philanthropic organization, will also host a prayer breakfast and a lunch on Martin Luther King Day before the Tuesday inauguration. Participants won’t pay a dime. He is working with the Urban League to help identify participants.