Rock Chalk Ball

Rock Chalk Ball- Masters of Time

Rock Chalk Ball

Saturday, April 29, 2017
Overland Park Convention Center
6000 College Blvd
Overland Park, KS 66211

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Online registration for Rock Chalk Ball is closed. Please contact Michelle Lang at 785.864.9769 or Kelsey Hill at 785.766.0524 to purchase tickets.

Presenting Sponsor





Event Chairs

Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little and Shade Keys Little

The evening will include a tribute to the Chancellor and Shade for their extraordinary leadership since 2009.

Order of Events

4-5 p.m.
Presidents Party (Presidents Club members, benefactors and their table guests only)
Includes hors d’oeuvres and cocktails
Attendees may bid on the silent auction

5-6:30 p.m.
Silent Auction, hors d’oeuvres and cocktails

6:30 p.m.
Silent Auction closes
Rock Chalk Chant with the KU Band and Spirit Squad
Live Auction and Dinner

8 p.m.
Dancing to the music of The Karen Davis Project


Black tie optional—creative golf apparel applauded!

Check out our Rock Chalk Ball Pinterest board for inspiration.

Or, view photos from the red carpet at last year’s event. Photos are available for personal use courtesy of Steve Puppe Photography.

Hotel Information

Sheraton Overland Park Hotel
5100 College Blvd.
Overland Park, KS 66211

Room rates start at $109 and are available through March 29, 2017. Please mention KU Alumni Rock Chalk Ball when making your reservation. Contact the hotel at 866.837.4214 or click here to make your reservation online.


Special Entertainment

Dan Besco with carved wood JayhawksArtist Dan Besco will do a live carving at Rock Chalk Ball. He will create a 4 to 5’ creation of his signature Jayhawk on a base. This artwork will be part of the live auction, and the successful bidder will have the option of having initials or a family name carved into the base. The artist uses a burnt wood technique and wood stains, which gives the bird a deep, antiqued look. Customization, final finishes and staining will be completed after the Ball, and the bird will be delivered to the buyer.

Besco uses the highest quality “standing-dried timber”, which he personally selects from forests in Colorado. Standing-dried timber is the best wood you can use for carving. When a tree dies, it remains upright in the forest and is allowed to dry naturally. Any cracks that appear in your carving, which are part of the nature and charm of these carvings, are stable and will not crack again. (Many chainsaw carvings are done with green wood, and will crack unpredictably when drying).

Watch our video below to see how Besco transforms wood in Jayhawks:


Trisha Brauer, Taking Bids Benefit AuctionsGoing once, twice, sold! Taking Bids Benefit Auctions (TBBA) is based in Kansas City and is leading the industry with record-smashing methods to raise money for nonprofits. TBBA believes in making our community a better place one auction at a time.

Education is important to owner and head auctioneer Trisha Brauer. She holds a bachelor’s degree and an MBA. She completed her auction training at World Wide College of Auctioneering and is an active member of the National Auctioneers Association (NAA) as well as the state associations for Iowa, Kansas, Colorado and Missouri.

Trisha also holds the designation of Benefit Auctioneer Specialist (BAS). This designation is awarded and recognized by the National Auctioneers Association and represents specific education and training in conducting benefit auctions. This designation has been awarded to only 3% of the nation’s auctioneers. She has also completed her Certified Auctioneer Institute (CAI) designation, a three-year program that is the highest designation recognized by the NAA. In addition to helping nonprofits hold record breaking events, she is a professional trainer for the NAA and teaches auctioneers across the country the art of benefit auctions. She also sells real estate in the Kansas City metro area.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship opportunities are available for this year’s Rock Chalk Ball. Click here for more information, or contact Teri Harris, vice president of membership and business development, at or 785.864.9780, or Kelsey Hill, assistant director of Kansas City programs, at or 785.864.9781.

In keeping with the Alumni Association’s mission to strengthen KU, proceeds from the 2017 Rock Chalk Ball will be used to enhance and expand outstanding alumni programs that unite Jayhawks, provide networking opportunities, and engage alumni in student recruitment and other advocacy on behalf of KU.

For more information, contact Kelsey Hill at 785.864.9781 or