Terry McAuliffe's 'Day of Service' to take place Jan. 4
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe is asking Virginians to spend a day helping their communities.
McAuliffe's inaugural events include a day of service on Jan. 4. The inauguration website, Inauguration2014.com, lists opportunities across Virginia that are searchable by ZIP code.
McAuliffe told the Richmond Times-Dispatch that he's trying to convey "the theme common good...how we can all come together to help one another, that's why the day of service is so important."
Incoming first lady Dorothy McAuliffe asks Virginians "to lend a hand to those in need" in a letter posted on the inaugural site.
"It could be as simple as taking an hour of your day to pick up some trash by the James River, or volunteering at a local food kitchen to help the hungry," she wrote.
McAuliffe, Lt. Gov.-elect Ralph S. Northam and Attorney General-elect Mark R. Herring will take the oath of office on Jan. 11. A prayer service will be held before the swearing-in ceremony and a parade will be held later that day.
Inaugural balls are scheduled Jan. 4 at Heartwood in Abingdon, Jan. 5 at the Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center in Norfolk, and Jan. 11 at the Siegel Center at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.
Northam and Herring have separate inaugural galas scheduled before the swearing-in. Northam's team announced one in Richmond, while Herring has announced one in Sterling and one in Richmond.
The state will pay some of the official inaugural ceremony expenses, including the bleachers, jumbo TV screens, invitations, programs and formalwear. The inauguration committee will pay for additional events, and has raised more than $700,000 so far.
The committee only has to report donations of $10,000 or more. A full accounting will not be known until the report is due in March.