SAB to host Met Gala President’s Ball this Saturday

President’s Ball 2016 Students hit the dance floor

A red carpet, student art show, and unique photo opportunities will bring the Met Gala to the Student Activities Board’s annual President’s Ball Feb. 11. 

Doors open at the Searle Center at 8:30 p.m. for swing dancing, followed by the formal ball from 9 p.m. to midnight. The Jerry Ross Band will provide live music for the event. 

Caitie Dugan, junior and SAB creative team lead, said the décor of the event models after the Met Gala. 

“There will be a red carpet like there is at the Met Gala, greenery like they have at the Met Gala, and a very cool backdrop for photos that will kind of look like a magazine cover,” Dugan said.

The Met Gala is an annual fundraiser hosted at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. It raises money for the Met’s Costume Initiative and attendees’ fashion is often a highlight.

An art gallery will be located in the Hoynak room, featuring the work of student artists and members of the campus art honorary, Alpha Rho Tau, according to SAB staff adviser Maddie Clark.

“The art honorary will have some of their pieces in the Hoynak room, similar to the actual Met, so that will be a unique feature,” Clark said. “I’m really excited to see how that turns out, and we’re glad that we can partner with the art honorary.”

According to Clark, Saturday’s event will have something for everyone. 

“There could be food, or the live music for dancing, or just listening too. Also, going and looking at the art and mingling and chatting with friends,” Clark said. “I think there are a variety of things to do.”  

Students should attend President’s Ball even if it is not for dancing, but simply to sneak in a late-night snack, Clark said. 

The menu for the night includes antipasto skewers, chicken tenders, French macaroons, and chocolate mousse shooters. According to Dugan, the mocktails at the event will be really fun.

President’s Ball is one of the most exciting events of the semester, according to Dugan.

“It’s just a fun way to spend your Saturday night,” Dugan said. “You get to dress up, and it’s going to feel like you’re on the red carpet with the paparazzi. And also everyone goes, so don’t be lame.”

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