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UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
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Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004
Dayton's is Showcase
Partner for Viennese Ball
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MAILED: Dec. 9, 1999

EAU CLAIRE — Dayton's is the first annual "showcase partner" for the Viennese Ball at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
As a partner in the 2000 presentation of the Viennese Ball on April 14 and 15, Dayton's Project Imagine is contributing $10,000 to the Viennese Ball Endowment Fund of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Foundation. The fund provides music and international study scholarships for UW-Eau Claire students.
Eau Claire store manager Jacquie Steuerwald said Dayton's Project Imagine is an initiative which showcases Dayton's commitment to arts and culture through grants, sponsorship and volunteerism. The goal of this initiative is to partner with prestigious arts and cultural institutions to highlight special exhibits, performances and events occurring within the community. It also encompasses all of Dayton's community relations initiatives including: Community Grants, Volunteers!, United Way and the P.J. Huggabee( Foster Bear program.
On behalf of Dayton's Project Imagine, Steuerwald will present a $10,000 check from Project Imagine to university and foundation officials during a luncheon at UW-Eau Claire this Friday, Dec. 10.
"Dayton's Eau Claire is pleased to be the showcase sponsor for the 2000 presentation of the Viennese Ball. The Viennese Ball has become a signature event for the Chippewa Valley area; we are proud to partner with UW-Eau Claire in an effort to provide continued cultural growth for our community," Steuerwald said.
UW-Eau Claire Foundation President Jack Fistler said the partnership with Dayton's will benefits music students in the university's music program, which is the state's largest undergraduate music program, and helps promote the ball to residents in the Chippewa Valley.
"Dayton's has long placed a special emphasis on supporting arts and cultural institutions, and we appreciate their commitment to encouraging young people's involvement in the arts," he said.
Viennese Ball coordinator Beverly Soll, who recently joined the university following the retirement of the ball's longtime coordinator Ada Bors, said the partnership supports special ball-related activities at the Eau Claire Dayton's involving food, wardrobe and the arts.
"We're very excited about offering some bright new ideas for the new century of the ball," said Soll, who will work with Dayton's to develop in-store special events.
UW-Eau Claire has been holding the Viennese Ball annually for 25 years. Over that time the ball has brought in more than $600,000 for scholarships and international study programs. The event, which features Austrian food, music and historical decorations, is believed to be the largest of its kind outside of Vienna. Tickets for the 2000 ball will go on sale in January.


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Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
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Updated: Dec. 9, 1999