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Viennese Ball gown sale set for March 16, 17

RELEASED: March 9, 2010

Viennese Ball gown sale graphicEAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Viennese Ball gown sale will be held from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. March 16 and 17 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 36th annual Viennese Ball will be held April 9 and 10 in Davies Center. Tickets still are available for both Friday and Saturday. A printable ticket form is available online and must be returned to the university 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. 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 also may shop for flowers, crystal or chocolates; have a photograph taken; and enjoy a variety of 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, the event has provided more than $1 million in music scholarships and international study awards for UW-Eau Claire students.

The Viennese Ball is produced through University Centers at UW-Eau Claire, with the assistance of a 24-member Viennese Ball committee and a large team of volunteers. Those interested in volunteering their time and talents may call 715-836-3882.

Wisconsin Public Radio and Community Television have provided valuable promotional support. 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.

More information about the Viennese Ball can be found online.

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