North Carolina's 2013 Inaugural Ball to celebrate newly-elected governor Pat Mccrory and Council of State members kicks off tonight. The event has been hosted by the Junior League of Raleigh since 1933. The group uses the ball as a fundraiser for projects aimed at improving the lives of children. Inaugural ball co-chair Virginia Yopp says the festivities feature North Carolina food, local bands, and surprise guest speakers. She says tonight's Rock the Ball concert was created so everyone - young and old - would have a chance to participate in the festivities.
Virginia Yopp: "We're very excited that the governor will be joining us tonight at the Rock the Ball concert. We've asked his nieces and nephews to co-host. They're be there to share some funny stories about their uncle and to introduce him."
The Council of State Reception leads the slate of events starting tonight at 6. The Governor's reception, gala, and Inaugural Ball are tomorrow evening from 6 until midnight.