Jupiter Ball
and The Jupiter Ball Scholarship Program


The Jupiter Ball is one of the most eagerly-awaited philanthropic events in Chapel Hill. It opens the winter social scene each year on the Friday before Thanksgiving and provides an exclusive one-of-a-kind experience unmatched by any other event.

The Jupiter Ball is an evening full of special experiences -- a champagne reception in the elegant Rotunda, entertainment beneath a breathtaking 60-foot planetarium dome, sumptuous dining and dancing to a live band in the beautiful State Dining Room and skywatching from the Morehead Observatory.

This premiere black-tie gala will celebrate its 15th year on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. In recent years, the event has directed its proceeds to benefit the Jupiter Ball Fund. This scholarship program enables in-need students across the state to visit Morehead on field trips or to receive a visit from Morehead's outreach programs. Both opportunities allow children to participate in exciting science education experiences that will develop their love of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). For some children, these Morehead visits provide their only opportunity to experience the wonder of STEM firsthand. Since the inception of the Jupiter Ball Fund in 2011, more than 20,000 students have benefited from Morehead field trips or outreach experiences. Additional funding is used for program development and expansion.

Enjoy a gala evening and support educational programs for North Carolina schoolchildren! You'll find online links to purchase tickets and explore sponsorship opportunities below.

This Year's Ball

This year's Jupiter Ball will be held Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, from 7 p.m. to midnight. We will honor special guests Sylvia Branzei and Jack Keely, author and illustrator of the best-selling Grossology® book series and collaborators on the new Morehead fulldome show, "Grossology and You." We will also present the Jupiter Award for Outstanding Contributions to Science Education in North Carolina to Mayo Boddie Sr.


Morehead welcomes those who would like to take the next step towards assuring that North Carolina schoolchildren have access to Morehead programming by sponsoring the ball. All sponsorships come with tickets. Cash sponsorships range from $1,250 to $10,000. Underwriting and in-kind sponsorships are also available. See the sponsorship levels and benefits. If you would like to become a sponsor for the next Jupiter Ball, contact us or pay online now.

Frequently-Asked Questions

Whether you're a first-timer or a Jupiter Ball regular, you'll find all kinds of useful information in the new Jupiter Ball FAQ.

The Last Jupiter Ball

Thank you for your support of science education through your participation in The Jupiter Ball 2013! We wanted to share a look back at the evening with all of you.

Click here to see the 2013 Jupiter Ball photos on the Kim Crenshaw Photography website.
(password: jupiter)

2014 Sponsors

Supernova Sponsors
Al & Marybeth Childers
Joan Gillings
Hatteras Discovery -- Joel & Christy Shaffer and friends
Claude & Sarah Snow
Star Sponsors
Briar Chapel by Newland Communities
Stephen Butts & Shelley Myott
Jim & Florence Peacock
Grand Patron Sponsors
Anthony & Paula Adams
Richard & Ford Hibbits
Stephen & Sandra Rich
Ben & Beth Steelman
Eric and Gerty Ward
Underwriting Sponsors
A Better Image Printing
Chapel Hill Magazine
Durham Magazine
Insomnia Cookies
Jersey Mike's
Jimmy John's
Florence Peacock
Erik Perel Photography
Purple Puddle/Purple Baby
Claude & Sarah Snow
97.9FM WCHL / chapelboro.com


  • Private foundation funds may not be used to make any gift, which would include Jupiter Ball tickets, when tangible benefits are being received.
  • Per IRS guidelines, donors may not “bifurcate” (split) payments and use foundation funds to pay for the tax-deductible portion and then pay for the benefit with personal funds.


Tickets are available for purchase now! Click here to buy your tickets online. If you prefer to avoid online purchases, please contact the Jupiter Ball office at 919-843-3474.


To learn more about Jupiter Ball sponsorship opportunities, please click here.


To request an invitation or to become a Jupiter Ball supporter, please contact Jupiter Ball Coordinator Terry Mitalas at 919-843-3474 or jupiterball@unc.edu.


Sarah Snow, chair
Paula Adams
Jennifer Boaz
Constance Bonczek
Chrys Bullard
Sarah Casey
Wendy Bryant Gow
Susan Preston Gunn
Mary Anne Klein
Deborah Lekan
Terry Mitalas
Heather Payne
Florence Peacock
Beth Steelman
Wendy Whitener
Paige Zinn