Gov.-elect Nathan Deal on Friday announced that his swearing in at the state Capitol will be followed by an invitation-only gala at Philips Arena.
Deal will be sworn in at 2 p.m. Jan. 10 following a prayer service at Mount Paran Church of God in Atlanta. The gala, which will be funded by private contributions, will begin at 7:30 p.m.
The weekend of events begins Saturday, Jan. 8, with a day of service events for non-profit agencies across Georgia, including several in Metro Atlanta. More details on the service projects are available at Deal’s inauguration website.
The inaugural committee said Friday that the gala will feature musical acts from Georgia as well as a “nationally known headliner” who was not named.
“Georgia is home to some of the nation’s best talent in government, business and entertainment,” Jay Morgan, co-chair of the inaugural committee, said in a statement. “The inaugural gala will celebrate it all.”
The event honors the new governor and the constitutional officers who will also take office that day.
Gov. Sonny Perdue’s first inaugural in 2003 featured a swearing-in ceremony at Philips Arena and a gala next door at the World Congress Center. Most of the attendees were invited, but a small number of $50 tickets were sold to the public. Ray Charles performed.