Jayhawks celebrate alma mater at record-breaking Rock Chalk Ball

Posted on Apr 30, 2018 in Alumni News and News

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Jayhawks celebrated their alma mater’s past, present and future at the 23rd annual Rock Chalk Ball, held April 28 at the Kansas City Convention Center. This year’s event concluded a week of inauguration festivities for Chancellor Douglas A. Girod.

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, served as honorary event chairs. Curtis Marsh, j’92, director of KU Info and the DeBruce Center, lent his voice—and his wealth of KU knowledge and traditions—as this year’s emcee. The event featured silent and live auctions and the enthusiastic sounds of the Patrick Lentz Band, one of Kansas City’s premier cover bands. The KU Libraries exhibit, History of the Jayhawk, was on display during the cocktail hour.

Sasha Flores Boulware, c’98, g’00, and Billy Marshall, c’00, served as network co-chairs for the event.

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. Proceeds from the Fund-A-Need portion of the auction will benefit the Jayhawk Career Network. A new KU Alumni Mentoring Program will be launched this fall to give students easy access to the power of our alumni base.

Thank you to the event’s title sponsor, Tickets For Less, and the presenting sponsors—Boulevard Brewing, Charlie Hustle and Gohagan— for their contributions to the live auction.


Check out some of our favorite social posts from Rock Chalk Ball below! Official photos from the event, courtesy of Steve Puppe, are available here and may be downloaded for personal use. If you attended this year’s Rock Chalk Ball, we’d love to have your feedback—please complete our survey.

Eat up, Big!! We getting fancy tonight! #RockChalkBall

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Spinning into some fun! #RockChalkBall

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Wait, this isn’t the K-State party?! #secretlymorefun #rockchalkball

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Double Jay Day. #goals #rcjh #rockchalkball2018

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He is much taller in person. #rockchalkball #bigjay #KU #kualumni

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We clean up nicely 🎩 #RockChalkBall

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Loved waving the wheat tonight with these two! ❤️💙🌾 #rockchalkball

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We had a ball at Rock Chalk Ball last night. The ‘88 limited set of prints (signed by Danny Manning) raised nearly $2K for @kualumni programs. 🎉 I was proud to be a part of the evening and to host the best table there 😉 #rockchalk . . . . . #rockchalkball #jayhawk #ku #kualumni #kubball #payheed #kuhoops #kufball #kugolf #kuswimdive #kubaseball #kusoftball #kuvball #kusoccer #kucheerleading #kuathletics #bewareofthephog #rcjh #kucmb #thejayhawkclub #jayhawknation #jayhawks #exploreku #lawrencekansas

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Had a lovely time at Rock Chalk Ball with this handsome man last night. A big thank you to the person who gave us tickets and let us have a staycation in KC. #rockchalkball #rcb2018 #rockchalkball2018

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