The university community is invited to Miami University’s Charter Day Ball at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, in Millett Hall. The ball, held every three years, celebrates Miami tradition and commemorates its charter in 1809.
The event has been staged for 60 years, and planners say each ball is different from the last. Matt Turk, junior co-chair of the Charter Day Ball planning committee of nearly 80 students, is especially excited for this year’s ball.
“Our decorations don’t really have a singular theme, but our decorations board has blown me away with their ideas,” Turk said. “We have incorporated a lot of Miami into all of our decorations. There is definitely going to be a lot of red, but it’s all very classy, and I don’t think Millet will even be recognizable after we are done with it.”
Guests of the ball will be greeted with a string quartet as well as a pianist on the other end of the concourse. A full orchestra, and three choral groups will perform for attendees. Later in the evening, a DJ will entertain.
The event is open to all Miami students, faculty, alumni and Oxford residents. Students from other schools are also welcome as long as a Miami student accompanies them.
Tickets are $40 for students and $50 for faculty, alumni and Oxford residents. The committee has sold a little over 1,000 tickets, with the goal to sell close to 5,000. It is a formal affair, but tuxedos are not required.
I want people to walk away from this event completely awed and to feel closer to Miami because that’s really the whole point, to bring together all of these people who love Miami, and to celebrate its founding,” said Turk.