Design a Derby hat for Rock Chalk Ball

Posted on Sep 18, 2013 in Alumni News and News

Are you artistic and crafty? We need your help!

Planning is underway for the 2014 Rock Chalk Ball, “Jayhawks and Juleps.” This year’s Ball will feature a Derby-style theme, and this is your chance to show off your talents. We are looking for people to design custom Derby hats and bowties that will be auctioned online this spring, and the winners will wear your creations to the Ball!

If you’re not familiar with traditional Derby-style hats, they are typically large, elaborate creations featuring flowers, feathers, ribbons and bright colors. Click here to see a photo slideshow of hats from last year’s Derby if you need some inspiration. We’re sure that creative types will find a way to work in a Jayhawk or two!
Rock Chalk Ball derby hat
The Alumni Association can provide a straw hat and help with your supplies. Interested? Contact Susan Younger, creative director, at for more information.

The Rock Chalk Ball is an annual tradition in Kansas City, the nation’s largest community of Jayhawks. Each year, guests enjoy dinner, live music and dancing while celebrating the achievements of alumni and traditions of the University.

In keeping with the Alumni Association’s mission to strengthen KU, proceeds from the Rock Chalk Ball are 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. Visit to learn more.

We hope you’ll be able to join us on April 26!

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