Rock Chalk Ball

Rock Chalk Ball: Saturday, April 27

Grand Ballroom at Bartle Hall
301 W 13th St, Kansas City, MO 64105

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.

Read more about this year’s Rock Chalk Ball.


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Title Sponsor


Intrust Bank logo



Presenting Sponsors


Charlie Hustle logo


KJO Media



Oread Benefactors


Hy-Vee Lawrence logo

Harvest Graphics logo

Special Entertainment

Dan Besco with carved wood JayhawksArtist Dan Besco of Kansaw Carvings will do a live carving at Rock Chalk Ball. He will create a 4- to 5-foot 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 Roundup, 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 Besco transform wood into a Jayhawk:



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, all proceeds from the 2019 Rock Chalk Ball will support alumni and student programs, including the Jayhawk Career Network. 

For more information, contact Kelsey Hill at 785.864.9781 or