On December 31, 1990, Champagne Ball founder Mathew Weber went out to celebrate New Year’s Eve. He hit a local hot spot where he waited in long lines to get a drink. He couldn’t find his friends or a place to sit.
Weber still remembers his disappointment and his thought that New Year’s Eve is meant to be special night. People should dress up, spend time with their friends and not stand in lines all night. And, most important, people ought to have fun!
The next year Weber threw a New Year’s Eve party at the East Bank Saloon. 115 people showed up and the Champagne Ball was born. Twenty four years later the Champagne Ball has outgrown three venues including the Portland Marriott, The Governor Hotel (The Sentinel), and since 2000 the event has made its home at the Hilton Portland and Executive Tower.
Throughout the years Weber has done his best to hold true to the core values that have made the party such a success; make it fun, have plenty of bars so people don’t have to stand in long lines, hire excellent entertainment and ask that people dress for the occasion.
Throughout the years the event has benefited Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, Friends of the Children, the Children’s Cancer Association and the Community Transitional School. This year’s event will also give back to the community and it will benefit the Oregon Active Foundation. Oregon Active is a 501(c)(3) non profit that provides Adventure Therapy for people in our community with disabilities and other life challenging conditions. In short, they do great things.
If you love dancing, dressing up, party favors and having fun plan to join us on New Year’s Eve. Everyone involved in the party will work very hard to ensure that your New Year’s Eve is not a disappointment.
Please remember to dress for this special occasion in cocktail attire or black tie. Thank you for your continued support.