This Saturday, the IX Art Park will host UVa’s 55th annual Restoration Ball. The black-tie affair is presented by the Jefferson Society, and all proceeds from the event go to repairing and maintaining the architectural integrity of the Rotunda and the Academical Village.
For many students and members of the UVa community, Restoration Ball is one of the most highly anticipated UVa traditions of the year. Each Ball features a lively night of food, music, and dancing under the stars, all in the name of helping to preserve the legacy of the Rotunda for future generations.
This year, Kirsta Hackmeier served as Chair of the Restoration Ball Committee, essentially meaning that she has been in charge of coordinating the event since August. According to Hackmeier, there are many things that make this year’s Restoration Ball particularly special.
“While all of the profits from the gala still go toward refurbishing the Academical Village, the Restoration Ball has taken on a new meaning,” said Hackmeier. “Today, it serves as an amazing opportunity for all members of the University community to come together to celebrate the end of another great year at UVa.”
Because the event is at the IX Art Park this year and not on Grounds, the Restoration Ball Committee has taken special steps to make sure that the Ball is as inclusive as possible. To this end, Hackmeier and her committee have been working with groups like U-FUSED, in order to provide tickets to students with financial limitations, and the Disability Advocacy & Action Committee to increase inclusivity and accessibility for all.
Parking, transportation, photography, and refreshments are available for free to all attendees, and free shuttles will be running between the West Range Café and the Art Park from 8:15pm to 11:45pm for anyone with a Restoration Ball ticket.
Online tickets to the event can be purchased at https://squareup.com/store/restoration-ball while supplies last, and must be picked up by today.