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.
He still remembers his sense of disappointment that night and his thought that New Year’s Eve should be a 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-eight years later the Champagne Ball has outgrown three venues including the Portland Marriott and The Governor Hotel (The Sentinel) and since 2000 the event has made its home at the Hilton Portland Downtown.
The Champagne Ball staff and volunteers, together with the team at the Hilton will work very hard to ensure your New Year’s Eve is special. We look forward to seeing everyone dressed to impress and dancing the night away at the 28th Annual Champagne Ball Portland.