Rock Chalk Ball

2018 Rock Chalk Ball

Rock Chalk Ball

Saturday, April 28, 2018
The Grand Ballroom at Bartle Hall
301 W. 13th St.
Kansas City, MO

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As the University ushers in a new era with the inauguration of Chancellor Doug Girod, Kansas City Jayhawks will celebrate their alma mater’s past, present and future at the 23rd-annual Rock Chalk Ball April 28 at the Kansas City Convention Center. The ball will conclude a week of inauguration festivities. This year’s theme is “Crimson and Blue: Forever KU.”

Hosted by the Alumni Association and the Greater Kansas City Network, the annual event unites Jayhawks in the nation’s largest KU community and raises funds for Association programs to advocate for KU; communicate to alumni and friends in all media; recruit students and volunteers; serve current students, alumni and KU; and unite all Jayhawks.

Chancellor Girod and his wife, Susan, will serve as honorary event chairs. Curtis Marsh, j’92, director of KU Info and the DeBruce Center, will lend his voice—and his wealth of KU knowledge and traditions—as this year’s emcee. The event will feature silent and live auctions and the enthusiastic sounds of the Patrick Lentz Band, one of Kansas City’s premier cover bands.

Sasha Flores Boulware, c’98, g’00, and Billy Marshall, c’00, will lend their services to the ball as network co-chairs.

Order of Events

5-6:30 p.m.

Silent Auction, hors d’oeuvres and cocktails

6:30 p.m.

Rock Chalk Chant with the KU Band and Spirit Squad
Live Auction and Dinner

8 p.m.

Silent Auction closes
Dancing to the music of the Patrick Lentz Band

Black Tie

Creative KU-inspired black tie apparel applauded!


Valet parking will be available at The Grand Ballroom at Bartle Hall


Thank you to our sponsors


Title Sponsor

Tickets for Less logo


Presenting Sponsors

Charlie Hustle logo Gohagan & Company logo

Oread Benefactor Sponsors

Hyvee logoKansas Athletics \ Williams Education Fund logo


To see a full list of Rock Chalk Ball sponsors click here.

If you’re interested in sponsorship contact Teri Harris at or 785.864.9780.


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.

In keeping with the Alumni Association’s mission to strengthen KU, proceeds from the 2018 Rock Chalk Ball will be used to benefit legacy student recruitment and student programs.

For more information, contact Kelsey Hill at 785.864.9781 or