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Concordia Ballroom gets a new top hat

August 9, 2014

La Crosse Tribune, Wis.



Aug. 09--Concordia Ballroom has a new lid, after a yearlong fundraiser pulled together enough money to reshingle the 1891 building at 1129 La Crosse St.

The Concordia Aid Society raised nearly $15,000 with donations from the community and businesses, as well as benefit performances by bands at several venues, society president John Schmaltz said.

The roof's most recent shingling was nearly 20 years ago, and some shingles had deteriorated badly, Schmaltz said, adding that the new shingles are expected to last three decades.

"A generous donation from Ledegar Roofing helped us get the project done," he said.

The society, formed around the time facility was built, has about 110 members, Schmaltz said.

"It started as a singing and fraternal organization and gradually grew," he said.

A venue for old-time dances on Sundays from September through May, it also has become a site for weddings, anniversaries and parties.

"That's becoming more and more of our main activity," he said. "In order to survive, that's what we've got to do."

The proceeds from the 40 or so such events a year go toward equipment and repairs, he said.

"We redid the inside a couple of years ago, put in a lot of sheet rock and redid the bar," Schmaltz said.

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