GALA ND/SMC NYC Scholarship Benefit Sponsorship Opportunities

GALA ND/SMC, the LGBT alumni group for the University of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s College, is in the second full year of a fundraising program in support of the LGBT Student Scholarship Capital Campaign to raise $250,000 by 2020.  Over 30% of the goal has been raised so far.

The LGBT Student Scholarship Fund is to assist qualified LGBT undergraduate students of St Mary’s and Notre Dame.  To-date, six $2,500 scholarships have been awarded in 2015, 2016 and 2017.  The scholarship recipients are all high character, high achievers who strive to improve the LGBT environment on the two campuses.

On Sunday September 24th, GALA will be holding our third annual benefit in NYC to raise money for the scholarship fund.  Local alumni and friends will be treated to a cocktail reception as well as hear from guest speakers.  In addition to the main event, a special VIP Pre-Event Reception will be held where guests can meet Notre Dame grad Phil Donahue ’57.  This will be an exclusive opportunity for a limited number of guests.  More information can be found at NYC 2017 Scholarship Benefit. 

The event will be held at Phil Donahue ’57 and his wife Marlo Thomas’ penthouse overlooking Central Park.  Phil, in addition to being a world famous talk show host, is a member of GALA’s board.

GALA is seeking either corporate or personal sponsorships to help defray costs and for contributions to the scholarship fund.  All sponsorships will be included in event promotional materials before and after the event (size dependent on sponsor level).  Anonymous donations respected as well.

 GALA is a 501 (c)3 tax-exempt charitable organization and sponsorship donations are generally considered tax deductable (less the face value of the tickets included).

 Sponsor Level Options:

  • Title Event Sponsor  – $10,000
    • Exclusive (only one available)
    • Logo/Banner displayed at the event
    • Logo and recognition featured on event website
    • 5 tickets to main event included
    • 2 tickets to VIP Pre-Event Reception
  • VIP Pre-Event Reception Sponsor (3:00pm-4:00pm) – $7,500
    • Exclusive (only one available)
    • Logo/Banner displayed during VIP reception
    • Logo and recognition featured on event website
    • Ability to participate in VIP Reception (2 tickets included)
  • Platinum Event Sponsor – $5,000
    • 5 Available
    • Logo displayed on event website and at event
    • 2 tickets to main event included
  • Gold Event Sponsor – $2,500
    • 6 Available
    • Logo displayed on event website and at event
    • 1 ticket to main event included
  • Blue Event Sponsor – $1,000
    • 7 Available
    • Logo displayed on event website and at event
    • 1 ticket to main event included

To sign up for a sponsorship, or for more information, contact GALA Chair Jack Bergen ND ’77 at jack.bergen@yahoo.com.