Black-tie bash wraps up Scott inaugurationby Dara Kam | January 5th, 2011
About 3,000 swells crowded into the Tallahassee Civic Center to finalize Gov. Rick Scott’s coronation as the state’s 45th governor.
Scott, who ran as a Tallahassee “outsider,” mingled with festooned supporters who coughed up $95 for a ticket to the ball or donated up to $25,000 to his inauguration fund (adding up to nearly $3 million) and got a chance to pose with the self-made multimillionaire.
But some disgruntled donors abandoned that opportunity after waiting more than an hour to have their picture with the governor or waiting in long lines for cocktails in their taffeta gowns and tuxedos.
His voice hoarse from a week of partying before his official swearing in, Scott croaked his thanks to the crowd before dancing with his wife Ann, dressed in a strapless shimmering gold gown to “Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?”
“This is an exciting time for change in our state. We are clearly going to be the model for America.”
He thanked “the generous contributions of private donors” and the $200,000 raised for the Wounded Warriors project for veterans.
“To me, it’s really nice we raised the money,” he said.
Scott wound up by declaring the fete “is a celebration for a whole new leadership team to change Tallahassee.”