Mayor-Elect Eric Papenfuse announced he will forego an inaugural ball in favor of a simple swearing-in.
He said that instead of the inaugural ball, he is asking people to donate to a new fund for maintaining and restoring City Hall and the Public Safety building.
"We have decided we want to forego an elaborate ceremony and gala and ask our supporters to immediately turn their energies to helping us get started on the work at hand," said Papenfuse. "We think a simple swearing-in ceremony without undue pomp is the right message to send at this time in Harrisburg's history.
Papenfuse will be sworn into office at 10 a.m. on January 6, 2014, in the lobby of City Hall.