You've heard of The Fire Ball, but what is it?
The Fire Ball is UW-Eau Claire's drag ball extravaganza! Each year in the Spring, the Ojibwe Grand Ballroom plays host to local and national drag performers who turn it out for packed audiences. Each year, The Fire Ball is headlined by drag superstars from RuPaul's Drag Race (past performers include Latrice Royale, Alyssa Edwards, Raven, Kennedy Davenport, Chad Michaels, Shangela, Katya, Bob the Drag Queen, Detox, Sharon Needles, Manila Luzon, Asia O’Hara, and Monét X Change), and they are complemented by several amazing drag queens and drag kings who are, in one word, FIERCE!
The Fire Ball offers numerous opportunities for students to get involved, either behind the scenes or as performers in the actual production. Do you want to be a Fire Ball Dancer? A fire/poi spinner? Do you want to take tickets at the door? Help sell merchandise to attendees? Or, do you think you have what it takes to beat your mug (*drag queen vernacular for "put on make-up") and entertain in drag? Whatever your interest, there is an opportunity to get involved!
MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Importantly, The Fire Ball isn't just another drag show. 100% of the proceeds fund Gender & Sexuality Resource Center programming, the bulk of which supports student social justice advocacy efforts. The Fire Ball has supported student involvement in freaQweek, the Civil Rights Pilgrimage, MBLGTACC (the nation's largest Queer conference), NEW Women's Leadership Conference...and much more! Come to The Fire Ball, have a faaaaaabulous time, and help UW-Eau Claire students make a difference!
We give a buck
Each year, Fireballers (what we call all of you who attend The Fire Ball) enjoy a menu of signature beverages, named after our performers. Per company policy, our servers aren't able to accept tips. Instead, all tips collected are donated to UW-Eau Claire's Campus Harvest Food Pantry. In the first 3 years of this campaign, Fireballers have tipped approximately $37,000 worth of Food Bank dollars! These funds go directly toward helping food-insecure students. Do you give a buck? We Give a Buck!