PRESS RELEASE from The Ritz Carlton, Washington, DC

Colleen Evans                                                                                                                                                                  Elizabeth Stratman
The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C.                                                                                                                                 Saks Fifth Avenue
Audrey Slade
WASHINGTON, DC. – October 16, 2008 - As the world watches, a new President of the United States of America will take the country's highest office this January.  Regardless of the new President’s political party affiliation, Inauguration 2009 promises to be like no other. Those looking to be at the epicenter of the festivities are invited to celebrate this historic change and the new administration with the economic-minded $50,000 Politically Correct Package at The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C.  In the spirit of affordable luxury with a philanthropic endeavor, the Politically Correct Package will be the only politically correct package in town.
“This package is appealing because it offers guests the opportunity to give back and make a contribution, while also celebrating the incoming administration in style,” said Elizabeth Mullins, vice president and area general manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C.  
The socially conscious, four-night Inauguration celebration includes a one-of-a-kind jewelry piece from Judith Ripka commissioned by Saks Fifth Avenue in honor of Inauguration 2009.   The “Heart of the Nation” Pendant that Judith has created exclusively for The Ritz-Carlton and Saks Fifth Avenue Chevy Chase’s Politically Correct package is a unique piece which will be created in 18k white gold, white diamonds (.212 cttw), rubies (4.75 ctttw) and blue sapphires (.40 cttw), and will be placed on a white twisted silk cord with a signature Judith Ripka heart clasp.  The retail price of the pendant is $8,000. 
“I started with a heart because I believe that the President of the United States should be the personification of the heart of the country.  The heart represents love of our country and what it stands for.  I layered in Red Rubies, Blue Sapphires and White Diamonds to represent the colors of our flag and further symbolize our diversity, and the heart and soul of America,” said Judith Ripka. 
Other services and amenities in the package include:
- An afternoon of unforgettable styling in the famed Fifth Avenue Club with a Saks Fifth Avenue Fashion Director and walk away outfitted in a designer dress and luxury tuxedo courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue 
-One-of-a-kind jewelry piece from Judith Ripka commissioned by Saks Fifth Avenue in honor of Inauguration 2009 Custom Judith Ripka “Heart of the Nation” Pendant that Judith has created exclusively for The Ritz Carlton and Saks Fifth Avenue Chevy Chase’s Politically Correct package  
-Saks Fifth Avenue “Fashion Concierge” available throughout your stay to service any and all fashion needs

The package is priced at $50,000 USD and is available at the Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C. from January 17, 2009 through January 21, 2009.  Package is based on double occupancy.  Advance reservation is required and requires a non-refundable 14-day advance payment.  Additional room nights are available at prevailing rates.  For reservations, please contact Heather Algar at (202) 202-263-6338, or visit
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 72 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe with future openings including Shenzhen, China; Dove Mountain, Arizona; and Lake Tahoe, California. The Ritz-Carlton is the only service company to have twice earned the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, which recognizes outstanding customer service. For more information, or reservations, contact a travel professional, call toll free 1-800-241-3333, or visit the company web site at
About Saks Fifth Avenue
Saks Fifth Avenue, one of the world’s pre-eminent specialty retailers, is renowned for its superlative American and international designer collections, its expertly edited assortment of handbags, shoes, jewelry, cosmetics and home furnishings, and the first-rate fashion expertise and exemplary client service of its Associates. Today, Saks operates 53 full-line stores in 25 states, 3 licensed stores in the Middle East and 1 licensed store in Mexico City, 48 Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH stores and, the company’s online store.
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