TOPEKA — If you want to help mark the inauguration of Republican Gov.-elect Sam Brownback, you can donate time or food, go to a prayer service, attend a dinner and ball, watch the swearing-in outside the Capitol or visit an open house at the governor's office.
The incoming administration plans a variety of ways for Kansans to participate in the inauguration. Brownback is taking a few days to kick off his "Heart of Kansas Project," intended to encourage Kansans to get involved with their communities and provide volunteer opportunities.
To bring attention to that, Brownback and his Lt. Gov.-elect Jeff Colyer will participate in three volunteer projects shortly before they are sworn in.
They will be at a blood drive in Hays on Jan. 5, at an event to repackage medical supplies Jan. 6 in Pittsburg and in Wichita for the Wichita Food-4-Kansas Bag Filling at the Kansas Food Bank on Jan. 7.
Kansans may also suggest projects at the inaugural website, www.brownbackinaugural.com.
"To promote local volunteer opportunities, we hope Kansans will tell us about one or two existing community service programs in their county that reflect the philosophy and goals of our Road Map for Kansas," Brownback said.
On Saturday, Jan. 8, the two will hold an inaugural ball in Topeka, with tickets ranging from $125 for seating with a limited view at dinner to $500 for preferred-view seating at dinner plus a ticket to the VIP reception beforehand.
Tickets may be ordered through the inaugural committee, 785-246-6322, or by filling out an
order form at www.brownbackinaugural.com. The VIP reception runs from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Kansas Expocentre Heritage Hall and the dinner and ball run from 6:45 to 11 p.m.
The inaugural prayer service, scheduled for 2 p.m. Jan. 9, is free. But because space is limited, tickets will be required.
The prayer service will be held at the Bell Cultural Events Center at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe. Those attending are encouraged to bring a nonperishable food item for a collection scheduled before the service.
Tickets are available through the inaugural website or by calling the committee's office.
Brownback and Colyer will be sworn into office 11 a.m. on Jan. 10 on the south steps of the Kansas Capitol. No tickets are needed for the event. Following the swearing-in, the new governor will hold an open house in the governor's office on the second floor of the Capitol.