‘Biden-palooza!’ to honor VP’s late son, Beau Biden
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The organizers behind a “Biden-palooza! Aviators Night” inspired by the Vice President Biden’s signature look are turning the event into an evening honoring the late Beau Biden.

“We’re going to do it and do more of a tribute to the family,” Network For Progress President and CEO Jim McBride tells ITK.

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The Thursday night soiree co-hosted by the Draft Biden 2016 PAC at the Sauf Haus Bier Hall in Washington was originally billed as a shindig aimed at celebrating the “viral awesomeness of our vice president,” where guests could “live the Joe Lifestyle if only for one night.” Rep. John Carney (D-Del.) was among those poised to attend.

But after Beau Biden, the 46-year-old former Delaware attorney general and son of the vice president, died from brain cancer on Saturday, the organizers decided to tone down the festivities.

They’re encouraging partygoers to donate $5 or more to the Fisher House Foundation, a housing charity for military families, in memory of Biden. And rather than heading to the party, Carney will be leaving Washington early to attend Biden’s funeral, an updated invitation states.

But, they say, the mood won’t be somber. “This is supposed to be a fun event. It’s maybe not a rowdy aviators party, but it’s kind of like, wear your sunglasses and show your appreciation for Joe and the family,” said McBride. “It’s a symbolic gesture to show love to the family and Joe, of course.”

“This is very sad timing,” he added, “but on the other hand, maybe people want to show their appreciation even more for Joe and the family, and maybe we can do something positive with it.”