Scholarship Gala

Gala Poster

In partnership with Chicago State University, Chicago State Foundation will host the second annual 1stGEN Scholarship Gala: Evolution Under the Stars, at the Harris Theater Rooftop in Millennium Park on the evening of Friday, October 1, 2021.

Chicago State University has created an intentional campus community that provides a suite of wraparound cognitive and non-cognitive supports designed to propel the success of first-generation students from diverse populations. More than 60% of CSU scholars are the first in their families to attend college, and 78% are Black or Latinx. The greatest roadblock to first-gen college success isn’t the lack of talent, or desire, but the lack of financial resources. Dollars raised from the gala will be used to help remove that barrier by way of the CSU 1stGEN/Rise Scholarship Fund.

In addition to celebrating the student scholars who will be the beneficiaries of 1stGEN/Rise Scholarships a very special highlight of the gala will include the presentation of the 2021 Cougar Servant Leadership Awards to Sergeant at Arms for the U.S. House of Representatives and CSU Alum, Major General William J. Walker, Lieutenant Governor of the State of Illinois, Juliana Stratton, and President & CEO of Women Employed, Cherita Ellens.

On behalf of the leadership of Chicago State University and Chicago State Foundation, and gala Co-Chairs Jim & Sandy Reynolds, Don & Liz Thompson, and Andrea & Bill Zopp, we invite you to join us for this incredible celebration.

Together, we can—and will—continue to deliver life transforming educational opportunities to youth who need and deserve the runway to soar.  Thank you in advance for your support of Chicago’s future leaders. 

 

2021 Sponsorship Opportunities

Presenting Sponsor - $50,000

  • Three (3) tables of eight (8) in Premier Dinner Pod at the gala
  • Two-minute corporate promotional video to air during gala program
  • Social media post highlighting company’s support of gala (10K+ distribution)
  • Recognition (logo) as Presenting Sponsor on website page promoting gala
  • Recognition (logo) as Presenting Sponsor on invitation (print and digital)
  • Recognition (logo) as Presenting Sponsor on event signage
  • Recognition as Presenting Sponsor in all press releases, media alerts and PSAs
  • Recognition (logo) as Presenting Sponsor in post-event social media promotion
  • Corporate representative to serve as Gala Chair
  • Social media post recognizing corporate representative as Gala Chair
  • On-stage remarks during gala program

Platinum Sponsor - $25,000

  • Two (2) tables of eight (8) in Platinum Dinner Pod at the gala
  • One-minute corporate promotional video to air during gala program
  • Social media post highlighting company’s support of gala (10K+ distribution)
  • Recognition (logo) as Platinum Sponsor on website page promoting gala
  • Recognition (logo) as Platinum Sponsor on invitation (print and digital)
  • Recognition (logo) as Platinum Sponsor on event signage
  • Recognition as Platinum Sponsor in all press releases, media alerts and PSAs
  • Recognition (logo) as Platinum Sponsor in post-event social media promotion

Gold Sponsor - $15,000

  • One (1) table of eight in Gold Dinner Pod at the gala
  • Thirty-second corporate promotional video to air during gala program
  • Social media post highlighting company’s support of gala (10K+ distribution)
  • Recognition (logo) as Gold Sponsor on website page promoting gala
  • Recognition (logo) as Gold Sponsor on gala invitation (print and digital)
  • Recognition (logo) as Gold Sponsor on event signage
  • Recognition (logo) as Gold Sponsor in post-event social media promotion

Silver Sponsor - $7,500

  • One (1) table of eight (8) in Silver Dinner Pod at the gala
  • Recognition as a Silver Sponsor on website page promoting the gala
  • Recognition as a Silver Sponsor on gala signage
  • Recognition as a Silver Sponsor on gala invitations (print and digital)