Update: This story was updated at 10:18 a.m. Feb. 28 to reflect that the OU GEC rescheduled the Pink and Black Ball to April 9 due to the ongoing Evans Hall sit-ins.
We’ve all heard the term “black tie” event, but what about a “pink tie” event?
The OU Gender + Equality Center’s 16th annual Pink and Black Ball will raise money to support its programs and services on April 9. Black and pink semi-formal attire is encouraged, but not required, said Erin Simpson, director for OU’s Gender + Equality Center and coordinator for OU Advocates.
“It’s like prom if it were cool,” Simpson said.
The ball will feature live music from OU alumna Megan Ramos along with a DJ. There will also be refreshments, hors d’oeuvres and a photo booth.
Raffle tickets will be available for purchase in the Union for the next two weeks. Winners will be announced at the ball for prizes including museum tickets, movie nights, gift cards and various other items, said Simpson.
The event is open to anyone who wants to attend, including students, faculty, staff and members of the greater Norman community. Money raised at the ball will support the GEC’s OU Advocates, gender-based violence prevention programs and LGBTQ programs.
“We just want people to come in whatever they are most comfortable in and whatever makes them feel like their best selves,” Simpson said.
It is this kind of inclusivity that makes the Black and Pink Ball special, Simpson said.
“One of my favorite parts of the Pink and Black Ball is that you get to see people from all across campus who may not have an opportunity to interact show up to the dance floor,” Simpson said. “It’s fun to see people have fun in benefit of our entire campus community.”
The event will be held from 8 p.m. to midnight April 9 in the Molly Shi Boren Ballroom of the Oklahoma Memorial Union. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased on Stub Wire.