The 15th anniversary of the MCV Campus Winter Ball was held on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019. Students and staff from both Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Richmond campuses took a break from their busy lives to enjoy a night filled with music, dancing, delicious food and great friends. Hosted by VCU Student Government Association (SGA), the Winter Ball is an opportunity for the VCU community to dress up, come together and engage in a different environment than the everyday campus setting.
“This is the [event] for you to take time out of your busy lives to celebrate your accomplishments in school by getting fancied up and forgetting about your stressful worries for just one night,” Jad Elahmad, SGA communications director and senior Business Management major, said.
This year’s Winter Ball brought a change in venue and was held in Main Street Station for the first time. The venue was not only large enough to fit all the guests of the 1,000 ticket sold-out event comfortably, but also completely made over in a winter wonderland theme, including the food set up, lounge areas, photo booths and dance floor.
“The venue was amazing and spacious for the amount of people who were there. It never felt crowded except on the dance floor,” Julia Penny, junior Graphic Design major, said.
In moving to Main Street Station, all event guests were able to enjoy the event in one large, shared space, rather than separate, sectioned areas. This change was in response to previous years’ guest feedback.
“We wanted to make sure that the venue that we picked was something that really wowed students and created an atmosphere that was both open enough so that people didn’t feel crowded yet contained enough to feel intimate. Main Street Station ended up being the perfect choice for us, and I feel like we were really able to put on an amazing event for VCU students,” Kyle Bumgarner, SGA graduate assistant and graduate student in the Master of Education – Counselor Education program, said.
From the moment guests entered via a plush carpet walkway lined by white winter trees and twinkle lights, the entire 100,000 sq. ft. space was transformed to provide a wonderland experience that would encourage a brief escape from busy, daily lives.
“The moment I walked into the Winter Ball, chills ran up my spine after feeling the vibrations of the music. The room filled with exquisite aesthetics, people dancing, gourmet desserts, and lastly the old-fashioned photo-booths just made the night better. I just knew it was going to be a special night,” Elahmad said.
After such a success this year, next year’s Winter Ball is sure to be even bigger and better! If you weren’t able to attend this year, be sure to be part of the celebration next year.
In the meantime, check out all of the action from the 2019 MCV Campus Winter Ball on the USC&A Flickr!