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40th annual Viennese Ball remembers event creator, Ada Bors


Eau Claire (WQOW) - An elegant night in Eau Claire starting Friday evening is the Viennese Ball at UW-Eau Claire. This year's ball will feature an evening of music and dance, as well as being dedicated to someone very special.

Gregory Kocken, UW-Eau Claire's archivist, said, "You can see the first ticket here in 1974, it was $3 for the general admission."

A slice of Vienna, right in Eau Claire. "Champagne was $0.75. Wine $0.60," Kocken said.

Charles Farrell, the director of UW-Eau Claire's university center, said, "The event has grown significantly. At one point it was just in one ballroom of the old Davies Center and now it is the entire building, which is significantly larger than the old Davies Center."

Turning back the hands of time to capture a piece of history. Jane Larson, who is attending the ball on Saturday, said, "Like in past years, everyone had a corsage and boutonniere." Larson said the event is very enjoyable. "Like I said, it's always fun watching people."

This year's 40th annual Viennese Ball is highlighting not only an evening of music and dance but also celebrating the life of a woman who brought the ball from across seas.

Larson said the clothing, the hair and the shoes have changed over the course of time since she has been going the last 15 years. "This was part of her, and Davies Center was a part of her being. She was a wonderful lady," Larson said.

Ada Bors, the event's originator and creator of the Viennese Ball, passed away just weeks before this year's event. Kocken said, "In my conversations with Ada, I've learned that she really was interested in being able to document and preserve the history of the Viennese Ball here at the university."

Larson said, "It's sad to see her pass away. She just loved the Viennese Ball. She'd come in a full dress. She was just part of the ball and that's what she'll be remembered."

Farrell said over 1,500 tickets have been sold for the two day event. To date, he said the Viennese Ball raised $1.5 million in scholarship money for students.

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