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Visiting the 2014 campaign page to buy tickets here: http://igg.me/at/UVARotundaBall2014
Breanna DiGiammarino
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San Francisco
United States
10 Team Members

Thank you!!

In 2013, you made the Inaugural Rotunda Ball a huge success. Now help make the Rotunda Ball an annual SF HOOS tradition! In 2014, we're going BIGGER and BETTER than ever before with this year's event at our very own Rotunda -- City Hall!

Join the fun by visiting and sharing our new campaign here: igg.me/at/UVARotundaBall2014 !

Our Story

The Rotunda Gives to Us

Signing the offer letter to attend the University of Virginia came with a cocktail of feelings as we all knew our views and experiences were going to change.  But we probably didn’t know that through our time spent at the university, one thing would remain the same: Jefferson’s Rotunda.

Shel Silverstein first published The Giving Tree in 1964.  This children’s book follows the life of a boy and his relationship with a tree throughout his life.  He first uses the tree for play, swinging from branch to branch and climbing her trunk.  Then as time goes by he grows up and asks the tree for other ways to make him happy, until finally he is old and just wants to sit on the tree’s stump and relax.  The story ends with “And the tree was happy.”

When the news broke that renovations were needed to the Rotunda, it brought light to the always giving and never taking reality of the iconic dome perched at the head of the Academical Village. For close to 200 years, the Rotunda has survived experiences that shaped our country; monumental revolutions and discoveries that we will never fathom.  And through every major and minor event, the Rotunda has remained an anchor.

Now construction on the Rotunda is underway and the stressed historic palisade needs our help.  

The dome's badly rusted roof was replaced with new copper lining and fresh paint just before this year's commencement, but many phases of this $51M endeavor have yet to be completed.  The 16 crumbling marble columns, skylight restoration, and other exterior repairs are rounding out the first phase.

The second phase focuses on the interior, primarily the Dome Room and wings. Major improvements include a better acoustical control system and lightning protection, new underground infrastructure, expansion of office and classroom space, easier wheelchair and handicap accessibility to the terrace level.  All of these proposed renovations are meant to re-incorporate the Rotunda into the academic life of the University.*


We Give Back

When the UVaClub of San Francisco caught wind of this massive, historical project, we wanted to show our support and let Jefferson’s community know that they were still close to our hearts despite the miles in between.  

In short, it was our turn to give.

And in true SF fashion of always looking for an excuse to throw a party, the solution was clear: host the 1st annual black tie (white tie optional) event.  We have no doubt that we will be able to give a substantial donation to the Rotunda from the event, and are looking to raise at least $15,000 by the end of August so that we can focus the rest of the campaign on raising funds explicitly for the Rotunda.  

Those of us who traveled westward post-UVA experienced many changes, but our inherent ability to make merry for a good cause endured.  Our lives at UVA were unforgettable with so much remaining with us - bonds unbroken, traditions judicially honored, and values forever instilled - that taking a night to laud and praise our legacy makes us proud to raise a glass in support.

We are excited to invite you to the best southern ball west of the Mississippi River at a dignified venue with hors d’oeuvres, a live band, dancing as well as a few surprises that will transport you back to your collegiate days in Charlottesville.


The Details

The UVaClub of San Francisco will host the Rotunda Ball on Friday, November 22nd, 2013 in the Ballroom of the historic City Club of San Francisco.  The City Club embraces San Francisco's past and present with its grand spaces and stunning art deco details.  It is the perfect location to celebrate the Rotunda of yesterday and ensure that it lives on tomorrow.  

  • Cocktail hour and hors d’oeuvres at 8pm  
  • Live music and dancing to follow until 11:30pm in the Ballroom  
  • General admission: $150
  • Early Bird: $125

Location: City Club of San Francisco, 155 Sansome St. San Francisco, CA 94104

Attire: Formal requested, white tie optional

Guests: All UVA Alumni and friends welcome

We encourage you to give early and secure your ticket to the Ball before they sell out!

Additional Support

Can't join but still want to help?  Pick from the awesome perks to the right, email this campaign to friends and pass on the link to this campaign in your social media feeds.  

Thank you!

*Sources and further information: Restoration VideoUVAToday Update


Join us for the ‘Best Ball West of the Mississippi River' honoring what has become a national icon throughout history and remained one of UVA's most beloved landmarks: The Rotunda

 Frequently Asked Questions

When will I receive my perk(s)?

     Once the campaign ends, we will be in touch will all contributors requesting details needed in order to get your perks to you. When we have all the information necessary, we will ship the perks. We are estimating a November delivery, but will have a more definite date after the campaign.

How will I receive my perk(s)?

     We will ship them to you once the campaign ends and we have all the necessary information. To help us get perks to everyone in a timely manner, please provide an address for shipping as well as a contact information when claiming perk(s).

What if I need to provide sizing for the perk(s) I claimed?

     When the campaign ends, we will contact each contributor requesting the necessary details for sizing, shipping, etc. Please make sure you provide some form of contact when claiming a perk, so we can easily get in touch!

What perks are tax deductible?

      All of our perks are tax deductible. The UVa Fund will generate a receipt for the charitable amounts as they are received.  Following IRS guidelines, the perks will be receipted at the amount of the payment less the fair market value of the goods or services provided.

What do the t-shirts look like?

      The t-shirts come in white, American Apparel 100% cotton, men sizes XS-3XL, ladies sizes S-2XL. The front of the t-shirt displays a sketch of the Rotunda with "SF 2013" printed underneath. The classic design of an orange "V" and "ROTUNDA BALL" text in between is printed on the back. Since this is the inaugural year for the Rotunda Ball, "FOUNDER," will be printed on the sleeve letting everyone know that you are a charter member and you helped support this event from the beginning.

Where is my contribution going?

      We do have some upfront costs to cover with the Rotunda Ball and perk fulfillment, but the rest of the funds are guaranteed to go toward the Rotunda's current renovation efforts.  Our campaign will enable us to support Phase I and II of construction including work on the columns and capitals, porticos, terraces, marble stairs, and arcades; renovation of the Rotunda’s interior and infrastructure to enhance the building for increased academic use; and restoration of the surrounding landscape.

I have additional questions, is there contact information?

      If you have any questions or feedback, please send us an email at sfhoos@gmail.com. We love hearing from our supporters!

Additional Perks Available to Claim

We were so impressed with the community's response and support that we collected new, exclusive perks to claim for a limited time only during the campaign! Listed below are all the one-of-a-kind perks that we offered for our special Bay Area and Lovin' UVA Perk Weeks! Some may still be available to claim so check the perk list and if what you really want is not there, then send us an email and we will see what we can do! 

Thanks to our Sponsors!

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raised by 133 people in 3 months
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  • $25USD
    Wahoowa: Virtual thanks!

    Acknowledgement on the UVaClub of San Francisco Facebook and Twitter feeds plus hug from Jay (UVa Club of San Francisco head) next time you're together :) (est. $25 tax deductible)

    10 out of 500 claimed

    NEW! Roam Burger Gift Card

    It may not be a Gus-Burger from the Corner, but Roam burgers are made with the best the Bay Area has to offer. Beef is 100% grass fed. Vegetarians say the veggie burger is the best in city. The seasonal shakes are delicious. Gift certificate redeemable at Cow Hollow and Pac Heights locations. (est. not tax deductible)

    1 out of 1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $25USD
    NEW! Rotunda Notecards

    Set of notecards featuring the Rotunda with fireworks exploding overhead. Grab these classic notecards to keep in touch with your favorite ‘Hoos all over the world! (est. $25 tax deductible)

    1 out of 5 claimed

    NEW! Stubble & 'Stache

    Stubble and 'Stache is a new skincare product for men that improves skin and soothes irritation from facial hair. Created by new DC entrepreneur and Afghanistan Veteran Nick Karnaze, 15% of profits go to nonprofits supporting veterans and active duty service members suffering from wounds sustained in combat. Be one of the first to get 3oz of this 2 in 1 Beard Conditioner and Face Moisturizer http://www.stubbleandstache.com/ (est. $10 tax deductible)

    5 out of 5 claimed

    NEW! UVA Swag Bag

    Become the ultimate UVA fan with an assortment of swag including stickers, bookmarks, sunglasses, ponchos, cups, a carry all, a Rotunda Ball t-shirt, and more! (est. $35 tax deductible)

    1 out of 1 claimed
  • $45USD
    TJ's '10 Rules' Poster

    Created by UVA alumna, Lauren Fritsch, this poster highlights Thomas Jefferson’s words of wisdom that every Wahoo learned from their days on Grounds http://www.laurenfritsch.com/shop/hot-pinkcream-thomas-jeffersons-10-rules-to-live-by-poster/ (est. $30 tax deductible)

    0 out of 1 claimed
  • $50USD
    Rotunda Ball T-Shirt

    Limited edition American Apparel Inaugural Ball t-shirts (est. $40 tax deductible)

    12 out of 50 claimed
  • $80USD
    TOMS + Rotunda Ball T-shirt

    Love UVA? Love TOMS? Love T-shirts? Become the ultimate Cavalier fan with these exclusive, custom-made orange and blue TOMS plus a Rotunda Ball t-shirt! (shoes subject to size availability) http://www.toms.com/university-of-virginia-men-s-campus-classics/s (est. $22 tax deductible)

    4 out of 5 claimed
  • $125USD
    16x20 Rotunda Prints

    Stunning 16x20 Rotunda prints by UVA alum and award-winning photographer, Daniel Garner. These will make great decorative gifts! 5 per print. http://www.flickr.com/photos/28649238@N07/9146586002/lightbox/; http://www.flickr.com/photos/28649238@N07/9144983541/lightbox/ (est. $75 tax deductible)

    0 out of 5 claimed

    Tix: Admit 1

    Admit one to the inaugural Ball! (est. $25 tax deductible)

    15 out of 15 claimed

    Needle Eye Necklace

    Zabe Bent Metals: Handmade, sustainable jewelry influenced by urban design and planning. Creator, Zabe Bent, blends an engineering background with her artistic talents in this unique, local jewelry line! http://www.zabebent.com/collections/necklaces/products/needle-eye (est. $72 tax deductible)

    2 out of 2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $175USD
    NEW! Tardy to the Party

    Extra Admit One tickets have been made available to the Inaugural Ball! (est. $50 tax deductible)

    6 out of 10 claimed

    Tix: Admit 2

    Admit Two to the inaugural Ball! (est. $50 tax deductible)

    25 out of 25 claimed
  • $500USD
    Tix: Wine Package

    Admit Two to the inaugural Ball and a bottle of 1819 Wine at the event! (est. $200 tax deductible)

    2 out of 12 claimed
  • $1,000USD
    Tix: VIP pack

    Admit Two + black car pick up from and drop off to any location in SF + song request from the band (subject to band's ability to play). (est. $700 tax deductible)

    3 out of 4 claimed
  • $5,000USD
    The Jefferson Award

    Admit Two. Named as Founding Member on Rotunda Ball website. Dinner with renowned composer, Judith Shatin and the Supervisory Historic Preservation Architect, Jody Lahendro, before the Ball at downtown SF restaurant (est. $4,650 tax deductible)

    0 out of 5 claimed
  • $25,000USD
    Rotunda Ball Royalty

    Be the Honorary King and Queen of the Rotunda Ball! Option to be lead couple in the Virginia Reel dance. Named as Founding Member on Rotunda Ball website. (est. $24,750 tax deductible)

    0 out of 1 claimed
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