Naka-Kon cordially invites you to attend this year's Charity Ball! The ball will be held Saturday, March 17, at 7:30 p.m. at the Overland Park Convention Center, Ballroom A.
The Charity Ball is a ticketed event, with a cap of 650 attendees. All proceeds from the dance will go to Naka-Kon's chosen charities.
Tickets are on sale online at the Charity Ball Tickets page on Eventbrite. If available, Charity Ball tickets can be purchased at the Naka-Kon Event Tickets booth, located outside Exhibit Hall A, in the OPCC.
You will need to bring your Eventbrite confirmation/ticket to the Event Tickets booth and exchange it for a physical ticket. You may bring a printed copy or bring a copy on your smartphone or other device. A Naka-Kon staff member will check you in and present you with the ticket that you will need to enter the event. Proceeds will go to support our charity efforts on behalf of the Miyagi Prefecture Reforestation Project, Extra Life, and Harvesters Community Food Bank.
Please note, formal attire is required. See below for more information on dress code.
On Friday evening we will offer dance lessons for Naka-Kon attendees, and staff dancers will also be present to teach attendees during the event. This year we are pleased to include a photo-op area outside the ballroom. Feel free to bring your camera or phone to take a picture with our beautiful backdrop.
Charity Ball Dress Code
- All attendees must abide by the general dress code of Naka-Kon.
Appropriate formal attire examples:
- Ladies: Dresses, Kimono, Gowns, Hanfu, Sari, etc.
- Gents: Suits, tuxedos, kimono, dress kilts (no utili-kilts), etc.
- These are only examples, not the be all end all of what to wear
Shoes must be appropriate. These include dress shoes, dance slippers, etc.
- This means NO sneakers, converse shoes, dirty boots, etc.
Dresses, skirts, kilts, etc. are to be no shorter than 3 inches above the knee.
- mini-skirts or mini-dresses are not permitted.
- Leather and fur may be used as accents on clothing, but will not qualify as the main material of the outfit.
- No glow bracelets / necklaces or other light up accessories.
- No mascot outfits, wings, weapons, large props, or anything else that can interfere with dancing.
**Cosplay and crossplay are allowed and encouraged, but must adhere to the appropriate dress code.**
Formal Ball Highlights:
Dance Cards: Each attendee will be given a dance card upon entering the ball. Inside each of these dance cards there will be various descriptions (such as, “Has feathers on their mask”). From there, the attendee can find someone matching that description and ask them to dance with them. Following the dance, the attendee can mark out that portion of their dance card with a signature. Once the attendee has signatures for each description, their names will be entered into a contest to be honored as the ball’s royal court. This will include a King (Ou), Queen (Jouou), Prince (Ouji), and Princess (Hime). The royal court will also be presented with prizes and be asked to lead a dance at the end of the ball.
Rose Exchange: During the ball three yellow dozen roses will be given at random to attendees at the ball. Each person then is asked to present that rose to someone they did not know prior to attending the ball. During this exchange it is asked that no one person is to receive more than one rose as it would be unfair. The purpose of this is solely to help encourage people to mingle during the ball.
Staff Dancers: There will be staff members at the ball whose sole purpose is to dance with attendees. They will each be wearing the same style of mask and be introduced at the beginning of the ball to help attendees identify who they are. Should they be asked to dance they will say yes, so there is no fear of being turned down. Likewise, they may ask attendees to dance. It is up to the discretion of the attendee, however, as to whether or not they agree to the dance. Staff will also be available to teach others to waltz during the ball if they wish to learn.