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Quad Cities Inaugural Ball Held at RiverCenter

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Among the most anticipated events of the day in Washington D.C. was the inaugural balls. The same could be said here in the Quad Cities.

The Quad Cities Inaugural Ball, held at the RiverCenter in Davenport, was something that was brought back by popular demand, after the ball to celebrate Barack Obama's first inauguration in 2009 was such a huge success.

The scene at this year's ball was a little different than it was four years ago, though. As one party-goer described it, things were just "a bit more low key" this time around.

Four years ago, more than 500 people showed up for the ball - and some had to be turned away. This time, there was another sell out crowd, but ticket sales were capped at 300.

Even with the smaller crowd, there was no shortage of enthusiasm about the reason for the event:

'It's about celebrating democracy, each and every one of us," said one attendee, Wilhelmenia Clay.

"I think it is almost as historic that we reelected an African-American as that we elected him in the first place," said Cathy Bolkcom, a community organizer and one of the organizers of the ball.

That reelection is something to celebrate especially in this crowd - Many of the people partying here now, just months ago were hitting the campaign trail hard as volunteers for Barack Obama.

"In fact, in the campaign in 2012, twice as many volunteers worked, and there were more phone calls made, more doors knocked on than even last time, which is really unbelievable," Bolkcom said.

This ball was a chance for those campaign workers to sit back and enjoy that victory.

"Best part about tonight is to see so many people that you know that worked on the campaign real hard, and they're still enthusiastic, and we're looking for four good years for each and every one of us," Clay, a dedicated Obama campaign volunteer, explained.

And for the community organizers who organized the event, the food, the music, and the fancy dresses were just the icing on the cake.

The real purpose of this ball was to bring everyone - Obama supporters or not - back to the table for the future:

"We have to go ahead now and figure out how to work together to solve the really pressing problems that we have," Bolkcom said.

"After we take a few hours to celebrate."