Morehead's 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 BallThis 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&ref; book series. 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.
This Year’s Ball
This year's ball will be held Friday, Nov. 21, 2014.
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.
|Anonymous||Al & Marybeth Childers|
|Joan Gillings||Hatteras Discovery, Joel & Christy Shaffer and friends|
|Claude & Sarah Snow|
|FOX 50-TV||Florence and Jim Peacock|
|Grand Patron Sponsors|
|Richard and Ford Hibbits||Stephen and Sandra Rich|
|Ben and Beth Steelman|
|A Better Image Printing|
|Chapel Hill Magazine|
|Erik Perel Photography|
- 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.