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Now in its ninth year, the Emily Krzyzewski Center’s Mother’s Day Ball has quickly become a premier benefit event in the Triangle area. On May 4, 2019, nearly 500 guests will convene at the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club for an evening of fine dining, dancing, and celebration of the students, families, and achievements of the Emily K Center, Durham's college access hub.


NEW FOR 2019

The Mother's Day Ball will have several exclusive auction items. When purchasing tickets, guests will have the option of sharing a bidder number with another guest (spouse, partner, etc.) if desired. More information coming soon!



The Ball is nearing capacity and limited tickets are available. To request tickets, please contact Sarah Brockett at 919.680.0308 or Individual tickets are $250 per person. A table of ten with preferred seating is $3,000. All tickets include a cocktail hour at 6:00 p.m., seated dinner, dancing, and entertainment until midnight. Proceeds benefit the Emily K Center and its mission to inspire students to dream big, act with character and purpose, and reach their potential as leaders in the community.

Interested in staying overnight at the Washington Duke Inn? A special room rate of $158 per night is available for Mother's Day Ball attendees. To book your room online, click here. To book by phone, call (800) 443-3853 and use group code 640922. Rooms must be booked by 5:00 p.m. on April 3 to guarantee this rate. 



Mother's Day Ball sponsorships support all of the Center's life-changing college access programs. If you, your company, or organization is interested in supporting the Ball, please contact Sarah Brockett at 919.680.0308 or Sponsorships begin at $1,000 and we are happy to tailor a package to meet your needs. Please note that the sponsor list below will be updated as new sponsors are added.


Thank you to the following sponsors: 


The Krzyzewski Family

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Jim and Susan Yuschak

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Ann and Marty Murphy  |  Susan Sabiston

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Denise and Bob McCarthy


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Cenplex Building Services | Duke Street Pediatric Dentistry | Durham Coca-Cola Bottling Company

Eno Ventures, LLC | Fulbright & Fulbright, CPA, PA | Karen Rabenau and David Harpole | JAB Produce

Jewelsmith | Cynthia and Brendan Moylan | Pappas Capital



The Emily K Center, a nonprofit organization in Durham, was established in 2006 and named in honor of Duke Men’s Basketball Coach Mike Krzyzewski’s mother. The Center serves as a college access hub in Durham, North Carolina, propelling academically-focused, low-income K-12 students and graduates toward success in college through its K to College programs while also offering college information and advising support to any local high school student through the Game Plan: College program.

Approximately 85% of the students served through the K to College programs will be the first in their families to attend college, and to date, 100% of these high school students have been accepted to college. Your support of the Emily K Center and events like the Mother’s Day Ball makes this possible. Learn more about our work supporting Durham's youth as part of our Game Changer Campaign by visiting



For questions about the Mother’s Day Ball, please contact Sarah Brockett at or call 919.680.0308.

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