More than a rave: Disco Ball gives back

By Kayla Pickrell

The Beaux Arts Ball Foundation is premiering the Disco Ball this weekend as a precursor to the annual Beaux Arts Ball.

“We’re calling this the pre-party for the Beaux Arts Ball,” Melissa Long, public relations director, said.

The Fall Ball, Disco Ball and Beaux Arts Ball are all separate installations to the foundation, which focuses on providing different forms of the arts to the Lexington community.

“These events (Fall Ball and Disco Ball) allow us to put on a bigger event in the spring,” Long said.

The theme for Saturday’s Disco Ball is “1970s throwback,” also known as “glitter and glam.”

“I am really excited to see how people dress up for this theme,” Hannah Gompers, the ball’s creative director, said. “We originally only wanted it to be a glitter and glam theme, but the community made it ‘70s.”

In previous years disc jockey battles have taken place and the winners were awarded the chance to play at Beaux Arts Ball, but this year organizers are bringing in local bands to highlight the precursor to the big event.

This year, Club Dub will be the headliner for the Disco Ball.

“I hope it’s a kickoff to getting people excited for this year’s Beaux Arts Ball,” Jay Stevenson, a design and architecture freshman, said. “It is a much needed break from school.”

After the school year, the funds raised from the events will be donated to three beneficiaries amounting to a total of $15,000 to $20,000. In the past few years, donations have been given to organizations such as the AIDS Foundation and Sunflower Kids, according to Long.

“We are wanting to foster the art community in Lexington,” Long said. “It has really shown how great the community is.”

Another part of the funds will be given as a scholarship to a student in the College of Design.

“Most people see it as a rave,” Emily Bottom, financial director, said. “We want people to see this as more than a rave; this is a chance to get involved with the community.”

If you go, the event is at Cosmic Charlie’s Saturday at 9 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door.