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Jupiter Ball

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.

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 25,000 students have benefited from Morehead field trips or outreach experiences. Additional funding is used for program development and expansion.

Support our mission to make a difference in the educational life of a child. Your gift is an investment in the success of our schoolchildren today and will make an impact on their lives for years to come.

Event Overview

Honoring a leader from the fields of science and/or education, the Ball begins with a champagne reception in the beautiful Genevieve B. Morehead Rotunda. An artistic presentation in the GSK Fulldome Theater brings arts and science together in a magical setting. A gourmet dinner prepared by one of the area’s top chefs follows in the historic State Dining Room. Dancing to a live band and skywatching from the Morehead Observatory caps what is always a memorable evening.

Sponsorships

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.

Policies

  1. Private foundation funds may not be used to make any gift, which would include Jupiter Ball tickets, when tangible benefits are being received.
  2. 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.

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