President will have a Ball

President Hatch as the Phantom of the Opera

President Nathan Hatch doesn’t often drive a Harley Davidson into Joel Coliseum or serenade his wife, Julie, while playing the part of the Phantom of the Opera on stage, white mask and cape in tow.

But Hatch has done both at the President’s Ball, and now Wake Forest is invited to see him take center stage again on Friday at the fourth biennial President’s Ball.

The President’s Ball began in 2006 when Hatch became Wake Forest’s 13th president. Several student leaders wanted to organize a formal event as an official welcome, and the President’s Ball was born.

“The Ball is special for Julie and me because it was a main way we were introduced to Wake Forest and continues to be such a festive occasion,” Hatch said. “The best thing about the Ball is that it brings so many of our community together.”

This year’s event will feature the band Hip Pocket in the main arena, a jazz room filled with the sweet sounds of “Swing On,” waiters offering guests hors d’oeuvres such as crab cakes and signature mocktails, a dance-floor lounge area and décor centered on this year’s ’50s Yacht Club theme.

The public relations committee collaborated with Hatch to produce a series of parody videos, based off the Dos Equis “Most Interesting Man in the World” ads, to promote the Ball.

The President’s Ball will be held Friday, October 14. The entire Wake Forest community is invited to attend. For more information (including transportation details), visit

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