Best Western Plus West Lawrence, one of the newest hotel properties in the Wichita-based Hospitality Development of America portfolio, has partnered with the University of Kansas Alumni Association to sponsor several upcoming alumni events, including the 2018 “Game Day at the Adams” football tailgates at the Adams Alumni Center and the 2018-’19 Presidents Club basketball pre-game activities. The $14.5 million hotel, which is scheduled to open this fall, is adjacent to the Rock Chalk Park complex in west Lawrence and will serve as the exclusive hotel sponsor for these events.
“The new Best Western Plus West Lawrence hotel will be a fantastic addition to the Lawrence community, and we’re thrilled to team up with them for several upcoming alumni events,” said Heath Peterson, KU Alumni Association president. “Not only will our members benefit from the generous discount offer, but this partnership will also truly enhance our alumni events and help us deliver more programs and services to Jayhawks across the globe.”
“As a proud KU graduate and owner of the new Best Western Plus West Lawrence, I’m excited to partner with the KU Alumni Association and align our brand with the organization that connects Jayhawks back to the Hill and the Lawrence community,” said Steve Martens, CEO of The Martens Companies and its hotel development and management subsidiaries. Martens also is a Life Member of the Alumni Association and a Presidents Club donor.
Kansas City-based Boulevard Brewing Company, the largest specialty craft-beer brewer in the Midwest, is a top-tier sponsor of the 2018 Rock Chalk Ball, the University of Kansas Alumni Association’s largest annual fundraising event, April 28 at the Kansas City Convention Center. Hosted by the Greater Kansas City Alumni Network, the event raises funds for Association and Student Alumni Network programs and activities, including the new Jayhawk Career Network, which launches in fall 2018.
As a presenting sponsor, Boulevard will provide exclusive beer service at the event and will host the Ball’s new VIP area, featuring Boulevard Brand Ambassadors who will conduct beer tastings and showcase the brand’s latest offerings. In addition, Boulevard has donated a special package for guests to bid on during the event’s silent auction.
“Boulevard Brewing Company is synonymous with Kansas City, the nation’s largest community of Jayhawks,” said Heath Peterson, KU Alumni Association president. “We are excited to work with Boulevard on the 2018 Rock Chalk Ball, where we will feature their line of beers exclusively for our attendees. We are grateful for Boulevard’s commitment to enhance the Ball and support our efforts to expand alumni programs, including the Jayhawk Career Network, for members in Kansas City, throughout Kansas and across the country.”
“The Boulevard team is thrilled to partner with the KU Alumni Association and serve as the exclusive beer provider for the 2018 Rock Chalk Ball,” said Natalie Gershon, vice president of marketing for Boulevard. “Kansas City Jayhawks provide phenomenal support of the Boulevard brand, and the Ball presents a tremendous opportunity to show our support of the KU alumni community.”
For the second consecutive year, Kansas City-based Charlie Hustle has partnered with the University of Kansas Alumni Association. The apparel company, which offers distinctive collegiate and KU-themed designs, will serve as a presenting sponsor of the 2018 Rock Chalk Ball, the Alumni Association’s largest annual fundraiser, April 28 at the Kansas City Convention Center. The event raises funds for Association and Student Alumni Network programs.
Charlie Hustle also returns to work with the Alumni Association on its 2018 Member APPreciation program, a month-long promotion that celebrates member loyalty with a unique Charlie Hustle KU T-shirt, available exclusively through the Association’s mobile app. In addition, the relationship includes marketing of the Charlie Hustle KU Collegiate Collection throughout the year in alumni communications.
“Charlie Hustle is a great Kansas City company, and we’re delighted to expand our relationship through their support of next year’s Rock Chalk Ball, a KU tradition in our largest community of Jayhawks,” said Heath Peterson, KU Alumni Association president. “We also look forward to working together on the second year of the Member APPreciation campaign. Thanks to Charlie Hustle’s sponsorship, the Alumni Association continues to expand programs and services for our members and KU students.”
“We are excited to partner with the KU Alumni Association and showcase our distinctive KU Collegiate Collection to Jayhawks worldwide,” said Chase McAnulty, owner of Charlie Hustle and a Presidents Club and Life Member of the Alumni Association. “We’re also proud to support the Association’s programs for alumni and students—especially here in Kansas City, our hometown.”
Learn more about the Kansas City-based company and its staff of Jayhawks, including what inspired its founder and CEO, Chase McAnulty, to create the company and where the name came from.
Kansas City-based Tickets For Less, a leader in the sale of tickets for sporting events, concerts and theatre productions, has partnered with the University of Kansas Alumni Association to sponsor several alumni events, including Presidents Club pregame activities for the 2017-’18 basketball season and two signature Alumni Association events next year, the Rock Chalk Ball and the Prairie Dunes Invitational Golf Tournament.
Tickets For Less will serve as the title sponsor for the 2018 Rock Chalk Ball, the Alumni Association’s largest annual fundraising event, April 28 at the Kansas City Convention Center. The event raises funds for Association and Student Alumni Network programs and activities.
“Tickets For Less delivers a great service for KU alumni and fans, and we’re thrilled to have their support for next year’s Rock Chalk Ball and several other alumni events,” said Heath Peterson, KU Alumni Association president. “Thanks to this partnership, the Alumni Association will continue to deliver programs and services to Jayhawks across the globe.”
“As a longtime KU fan and donor, partnering with the KU Alumni Association is very exciting for us,” said Dan Rouen, founder and CEO of Tickets For Less. “As an owner of a local Kansas City business, we are proud to align the Tickets For Less brand with the KU Alumni Association.”
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Kansas City-based luxury watchmaker Niall is a top-tier sponsor of the 2017 Rock Chalk Ball, the University of Kansas Alumni Association’s largest annual fundraising event, April 29 at the Overland Park Convention Center. Hosted by the Greater Kansas City Alumni Network, the event raises funds for Association programs to advocate for KU, communicate to alumni and friends in all media, recruit students and volunteers, serve alumni and KU, and unite all Jayhawks.
As a presenting sponsor of the event, Niall will donate two of its limited-edition Fieldhouse Blue watches to the Association, one of which will be auctioned at the Rock Chalk Ball. The exclusive watch is officially licensed by KU and features basketball founder James Naismith’s original 13 rules of basketball micro-inscribed on the dial of the timepiece. Only 126 pieces of this watch have been produced—emblematic of the number of years since the inception of the game in 1891. A portion of the watch’s ongoing sales will be donated to Kansas Athletics and the Williams Education Fund.
Niall’s partnership with the Alumni Association also includes other opportunities for alumni engagement.
“We are immensely grateful to Niall for its generous sponsorship of the Alumni Association’s Rock Chalk Ball and other events,” said Heath Peterson, Association president. “Kansas City is the nation’s largest community of Jayhawks, and our programs, especially in recruiting legacy students, are vital to strengthening KU.”
“Niall is thrilled to sponsor this year’s Rock Chalk Ball,” said Association Life Member and Presidents Club Member Michael Wilson, b’05, founder and CEO of Niall. “This is a great way for us to support the Alumni Association and its mission to connect Jayhawks to the University of Kansas.”