Published: Jan 02, 2011 11:02 PM EST
Updated: Jan 02, 2011 8:02 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - Gov.-elect Rick Scott has collected $2.8 million private contributions for his inauguration festivities.

The contributions are paying for a seven-city tour last week and a dozen inaugural events Monday and Tuesday in Tallahassee.

Scott is bringing back a black-tie gala that outgoing Gov. Charlie Crist canceled four years ago.

Crist took in $1.2 million for his ceremonies and gave the leftover $255,000 to four charities. Former Republican Gov. Jeb Bush raised $2 million.

Scott's inaugural committee says many of the events are free and open to the public. Any leftover money will go to the Wounded Warrior Project for injured veterans.

The Republican tells the Sun Sentinel that it's important to celebrate as the state prepares for a change.

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