Montezuma Ball 2022






Montezuma Ball 2022




Join Explora and Junior Achievement at the 2022 Montezuma Ball 

Be part of more than 100 years of tradition, while supporting the educational missions of both Explora and Junior Achievement of New Mexico.  Support Montezuma Ball today!

Montezuma Ball began 100 years ago, starting in 1902 as part of the New Mexico Territorial Fair. The tradition continued until the last historic Ball was held at the Alvarado Hotel in Albuquerque in 1968. In 2000, Heritage Hotels and Resorts restored this New Mexico tradition to inaugurate its new Alvarado Ballroom at Hotel Albuquerque. Since then, Montezuma Ball has raised millions of dollars for deserving nonprofits across New Mexico. The event includes cocktails, gourmet dinner, an entertaining and inspiring program, and after-party dancing.

Explora is the lead beneficiary of this year's Montezuma Ball.  Your attendance at this year's event will support Explora's Next Great Minds campaign to develop a Cradle through Career STEAM Learning Campus in the Old Town/Sawmill neighborhood. The Campus will include Explora; X Studio, Explora's new STEAM workforce development center for teens (opening Summer 2022); and Brillante Early Learning Center (currently in development). Planned with community input and strategic partnerships, Explora's Cradle through Career STEAM Learning Campus will improve educational outcomes, drive economic development, and improve family and community prosperity.

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Event Details

Event Details

Date: November 19, 2022
Time: 6-9pm; after-party 9pm-midnight
Location: Hotel Albuquerque; after-party at Casa Esencia


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Thank you to our amazing event sponsors!

Platinum Sponsors

Steve and LeAnn Rottler

Heritage logo

Gold Sponsors

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Junior Achievement of New Mexico logo
UKUU Creative Logo
Electric Motor Sales and Repairs logo
Meta Logo
Real Time Solutions logo
City of Albuquerque logo
Department of Arts and Culture City of Albuquerque logo
Contrast Logo
Vistage logo
Rook Advisors logo
Washington Federal Bank logo
Fidelity Investments Logo
CliftonLarsonAllen logo

Silver Sponsors

Charles Stephen

Joe and Jasmin Hastings

Jane and Michael Flax

The Tappan Family

Reader Gals

Happy Hackers

Craig & Lynn Trojahn

Burgos Group Logo
Capital CDC logo
Bank of America Logo
Studio Southwest Architects Logo
CBRE logo
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Enterprise Bank & Trust logo
Bosque School logo
Chavez Grieves Logo
GOS Capital logo
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center logo
United Way of Central New Mexico logo
Montessori One Academy logo
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DPS logo
Paaru Logo
Media Desk Logo
Chi St Joseph logo
ISHC logo
2450 Group logo
nusenda logo
Chase Bank Logo
Merrill logo
PNM logo
Sysco Logo
intel logo
NRAO logo
Wells Fargo Logo
Albuquerque Business First
Future Focused Education Logo
ellis and estes logo
Improve Group Logo
Cumulus Radio logo
Comcast logo
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Copper Sponsors

Peter Howley

Horrocks Engineers


New Mexico Bank and Trust

US Eagle 

Davis Kelin Law Firm

Parnall Law Firm


Unite Private Networks

Ticket Information 

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Platinum Sponsorship 

$10,000
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  • Two tables with premier seating
  • Name recognition on table
  • Champagne and wine with dinner
  • Private cocktail reception pre-event
  • Sponsor spotlight on social media; website recognition
  • 20 tickets to after-party at Casa Esencia
  • Discount hotel accommodations at Heritage Hotels
  • Name & Logo in event program, branding signage, and thank you ad after event
  • 20 passes to Explora
  • Science “toys” at table for guests’ exploration
  • Sponsor community organization to attend
Purchase Tables

Gold Sponsor
$5,000

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  • One table with premier seating
  • Name recognition on table
  • Wine with dinner
  • Private cocktail reception pre-event
  • Sponsor spotlight on social media; website recognition;
  • 10 tickets to after-party at Casa Esencia;
  • Discount hotel accommodations at Heritage Hotels
  • Name in event program and thank you ad after event
  • 10 passes to Explora
  • Science “toys” at table for guests’ exploration
Purchase Table

Silver Sponsor
$2,500

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  • One table
  • Name recognition on table
  • Wine with dinner
  • Website recognition
  • 10 tickets to after-party at Casa Esencia
  • Discount accommodations at Heritage Hotels
  • Name in event program and thank you ad after event
  • 10 passes to Explora
  • Science “toys” at table for guests’ exploration
Purchase Table

Copper Sponsor
$1,250

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  • Five tickets at a shared table
  • Name recognition on table
  • Wine with dinner
  • Website recognition
  • 5 tickets to after-party at Casa Esencia
  • Discount accommodations at Heritage Hotels
  • 5 passes to Explora
  • Science “toys” at table for guests’ exploration
Purchase Table

Individual Ticket

$250
  • A single ticket
Purchase Ticket

Live Auction Packages

Luxury Sport Package

Need a gift for the ultimate sports fan…or yourself? Enjoy three Isotopes games in a private skybox suite. The skybox seats 24 people, and you will receive six VIP parking passes. In-suite catering is included, and there is access to the club level’s full-service bar. In addition, watch the NM United all season long with a pair of reserved-level season tickets. If baseball and soccer aren’t enough, add a signed basketball by Coach Pitino to your sports memorabilia collection and check out a New Mexico Lobos men’s basketball conference game, with a gift certificate for 4 club-level seats and 4 parking passes. Spend the year working on your health with a membership or cultivate a new skill with a friend by using two annual passes to the Stone Age Climbing Gym.

Los Poblanos Experience

Have a dreamy night under the stars at the historic Los Poblanos Inn & Organic Farms. Los Poblanos will be providing private roundtrip transportation for six guests. Start the night with comped pre-dinner cocktails at the exclusive La Quinta Library Bar, or save the experience for after dinner drinks. Dinner will be a field to fork experience at Campo. End the evening with a private stargazing event in the Lavender Fields. The Albuquerque Astronomical Society will be providing telescopes and expert knowledge to guide your group in an exciting tour of the night sky. Take home your own sky map and telescope to keep!

Escape to Enchantment

Experience luxury evenings across New Mexico. In Taos, enjoy two nights in a suite at El Monte Sagrado. In Santa Fe, stay two nights in a suite at Eldorado Hotel & Spa or Inn and Spa at Loretto. While there, have an immersive art experience at Meow Wolf with tickets for 6 people. In Las Cruces, enjoy two nights in a suite at Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces. Tour the Gateway to Space at Spaceport NM, the world’s first Spaceport, with a private tour for 6 guests.

A Unique Private Event at Explora

Host your event in a unique setting, with spectacular indoor and outdoor venues! Multiple venue options and full facility access make Explora an ideal location for any celebration, such as a company picnic, holiday party, conference event, or even a wedding! At Explora, almost anything is possible. Imagine everyone’s delight when they enter a contemporary site with stunning architecture, city and mountain views, and hundreds of interactive exhibits at their fingertips. Enjoy all of Explora for up to three hours. Your event will include complimentary dessert catering for up to 150 people, and you will be able to commemorate the special occasion with a complimentary black-and-white portrait photography session with photographer, Amy Liotta, and five digital images.

Angel Fire/Red River Outdoor Excursion

Adventure awaits in Angel Fire, New Mexico. A private vacation home stay will offer the comforts of the indoors in between your time spent experiencing this outdoor activity town.  The package includes an off-road jeep tour, white water rafting, and polaris slingshot rentals. There will be golfing and ziplining experiences offered at Angel Fire resort. Also included are gift certificates to eateries and shops in Angel Fire and Red River.