The Foundation for North Carolina, a nonprofit formed to further Gov. Pat McCrory's agenda, held its own inaugural ball Saturday night in Raleigh. The exclusive event -- which sold out days ago and attracted more hype than the traditional Junior League ball the night before -- featured McCrory, Lt. Gov. Dan Forest and many other Republican dignitaries.
VIP guests paid $1,000 to attend a special reception before the ball featuring the governor and an open bar but more than one attendee grumbled that they couldn't drink enough Troy Moonshine and Cheerwine cocktails to make it worthwhile. Earlier in the evening the Foundation hosted an invitation-only dinner at the Carolina Country Club that asked guests not to even tell others about it.
For the main event at the Raleigh Convention Center -- the same scene as the other ball Friday night -- the guests arrived in chauffeured sedans, limousines and cabs. McCrory's new Public Safety Secretary Kieran Shanahan arrived in a stretch black limo with a deep entourage. He emerged as if at a tailgate party, holding what appeared to be a red solo cup and drank on the sidewalk as he talked to State Highway Patrolmen for a couple minutes outside the venue.