Vice President-elect Mike Pence joins fellow Hoosiers on inauguration eve

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - A Hoosier party on inauguration eve! Roughly one thousand folks joined in Washington Thursday night for a night of food, music, and speeches at the Indiana State Society Inaugural Ball.

Senator Donnelly (D-IN) says it was important for him to attend the Indiana Inaugural Ball to show support to the vice president-elect and president-elect.

The headliner of the evening was Vice President-elect Mike Pence. Pence greeted his fellow Indianians Thursday evening, expressing his excitement for Friday's festivities.

"We’re going to work our hearts out to stand beside our new president, and bring Indiana’s example, and Hoosier common sense to Washington D.C,” said Pence.

And folks were thrilled to see him. Pence’s message was one of optimism. That is something Kellyanne Conway, one of Donald Trump’s closest advisors, says will be conveyed during the inauguration speech tomorrow.

"It’s really time for America to come together, I think people should listen to President Obama, Secretary Clinton, President Bill Clinton, who will all be there at the inauguration tomorrow supportive of our new president,” said Conway.

A long list of Democrats will no't be attending the inauguration Friday, but that is not the case for Senator Joe Donnelly (D-IN). Donnelly says this inaugural ball was the right place to be this evening, to show support for the president and vice president-elect.

"We’re one nation,” said Donnelly. "We're not democrats or republicans. We're one country and the more they are successful, the more our nation is successful.”

Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (R-IN) shares the same view. She says being among Hoosiers Thursday was the perfect place to celebrate the new administration.

"I’m the happiest Hoosier because of the access that we now have for good policy and incredible advocate for the state of Indiana in this Vice President Mike Pence,” said Walorski.

The festivities go from Thursday right into Friday, when Governor Mike Pence will become the next Vice President of the United States.