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Inauguration: Black-tie Gala Monday Night 

Published January 20, 2009 at 9:40 a.m.

Seven Days correspondent Kevin J. Kelley is in Washington D.C. covering the inauguration. Here's his latest report:

Here are a couple more shots from a Mon night black-tie dinner at the Mellon Auditorium near the White House. It was sponsored by an international conservation caucus. Big celeb turnout — actors Edward Norton, Bo Derek, Robert Duvall, along with various African ministers whose countries make some effort to protect wildlife/resources.
 
The Boys Choir of Kenya performed; that's them in the group photo singing a hero's welcome song in Swahili in honor of Obama.
 
The two in the other photo are (right) Mitchell Mwamudo and (left) Frederick Masambaya. Many members of the choir, founded in 1998, come from slums in Nairobi. The choir effectively rescues kids from lives of poverty and, possibly, crime and drugs. This is their sixth trip to the United States; first time in Washington, although they've performed in Vermont!

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