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Annual Gown Sale Set For March 10-11 at
UW-Eau Claire

RELEASED: March 2, 2009

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Viennese Ball Gown Sale will be held from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. March 10-11 in the Ho-Chunk and Oneida Rooms of Davies Center.

The sale, made possible by Marry-Go-Round Occasions of Strum, will feature a large selection of popular gown styles valued at $150 to $400 but priced from $59 to $99.

The 35th annual Viennese Ball will be held April 17-18 in Davies Center. Tickets are available for Friday and Saturday. A ticket form, available online, must be returned through U.S. Mail. If ticket requests exceed availability, orders will be returned. Tickets are $37.50 for the public and $25 for UW System and Chippewa Valley Technical College students.

An evening of dance and romance, the Viennese Ball is a formal event recalling the elegance of 19th-century Austria. Modeled on Vienna's historic New Year's Eve Kaiser Ball, the event is presented in duplicate each evening, transforming Davies Center. The ball showcases the University Symphony Orchestra, performing waltzes from the Strauss Era; Jazz Ensemble I, performing music from America's Big Band Era; and student and faculty ensembles and regional musicians performing a variety of repertoire from polka to sing-along. Guests may shop for flowers, crystal and chocolates, have a photograph and enjoy Austrian and American cuisine.

The Viennese Ball promotes positive university, community and international relations by expanding an awareness of the culture, history and music of Vienna. Created in 1974, it has provided $1 million in music scholarships and international study awards for students.

The Viennese Ball is produced through University Centers with the assistance of a 24-member Viennese Ball committee and a team of volunteers. Those interested in volunteering their time and talents may call the Activities and Programs office, 715-836-4833.

Best Western Trail Lodge and Suites Eau Claire (715-838-9989) is the exclusive accommodations partner for the Viennese Ball and offers special rate packages.

Visit www.uwec.edu/activities/vball for more information about the Viennese Ball.

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