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Annual Luncheon Sponsorship Opportunities

April 27, 2022

Learn more about how you or your organization can support this year’s Annual Luncheon event.

This year, we are taking a hybrid approach to our annual event, where individuals and sponsors are invited to join us at an in-person event or a virtual production that will feature a mix of livestreamed action and special guest speakers.

Why Sponsor?

The Start Early Annual Luncheon provides an exclusive opportunity for a sponsor – whether corporate or individual – to demonstrate its commitment to youth and families to thousands of noteworthy individuals.

As an event sponsor you will also:

  • Invest in work that provides early learning opportunities to young children, primarily those born into under-resourced communities, and their families
  • Access to an A-list group of registrants, such as business, civic and philanthropic leaders, donors, partners, Start Early’s Board of Directors and other sponsors with pre-event and post-event marketing and communications and in programming materials during the event

Check out our 2021 Annual Luncheon sponsors

Corporate & Individual

Sponsorship Opportunities & Benefits

What does sponsorship mean for you? See below for a variety of sponsorship opportunities and the benefits that are associated with each.

Presenting Sponsor

$100,000

  • Presenting designation and logo (if applicable) below event title when used in all appropriate event promotional materials
  • 10 tickets to in-person event; unlimited access to virtual event
  • Corporation or individual name included in news release distributed on behalf of Start Early (with opportunity for approval)

For Annual Luncheon sponsorship questions, email [email protected].

Additional Sponsorship Benefits:

  • Recognized in verbal remarks during event
  • Dedicated social media posts pre-event – Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram (distribution to approximately 32,000 followers)
  • Special recognition in event “Thank You” email (distribution of approximately 30,000+ individuals)
  • Sponsor name and logo (if applicable) included in invitation, pre-event emails and on event web page
  • Sponsor name and logo (if applicable) displayed in virtual “waiting room” and via screen during in-person event
  • Sponsor name and logo (if applicable) linked on 2023 Annual Luncheon sponsorship web page
  • Private discussion with an early childhood expert from Start Early for you and your guests or employees (or similar customized employee engagement opportunity)
  • Assisted registration for all guests (for both in-person and virtual event options)
  • Inclusion in Start Early Year in Review and Donor Wall at main office

Champion Sponsor

$50,000

  • 10 tickets to in-person event; unlimited access to virtual event
  • Recognized in verbal remarks during event
  • Dedicated social media posts pre-event – Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram (distribution to approximately 32,000 followers)
  • Special recognition in event “Thank You” email (distribution of approximately 30,000+ individuals)

For Annual Luncheon sponsorship questions, email [email protected].

Additional Sponsorship Benefits:

  • Sponsor name and logo (if applicable) included in invitation, pre-event emails and on event web page
  • Sponsor name and logo (if applicable) displayed in virtual “waiting room” and via screen during in-person event
  • Sponsor name and logo (if applicable) linked on 2023 Annual Luncheon sponsorship web page
  • Private discussion with an early childhood expert from Start Early for you and your guests or employees (or similar customized employee engagement opportunity)
  • Assisted registration for all guests (for both in-person and virtual event options)
  • Inclusion in Start Early Year in Review and Donor Wall at main office

Premier Sponsor

$25,000

  • 10 tickets to in-person event; unlimited access to virtual event
  • Mention in social media posts pre-event – Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter (distribution to approximately 32,000 followers)

For Annual Luncheon sponsorship questions, email [email protected].

Additional Sponsorship Benefits:

  • Sponsor name and logo (if applicable) included in invitation, pre-event emails and on event web page
  • Sponsor name and logo (if applicable) displayed in virtual “waiting room” and via screen during in-person event
  • Sponsor name and logo (if applicable) linked on 2023 Annual Luncheon sponsorship web page
  • Private discussion with an early childhood expert from Start Early for you and your guests or employees (or similar customized employee engagement opportunity)
  • Assisted registration for all guests (for both in-person and virtual event options)
  • Inclusion in Start Early Year in Review and Donor Wall at main office

Partner Sponsor

$10,000

  • Five tickets to in-person event; unlimited access to virtual event
  • Private discussion with an early childhood expert from Start Early for you and your guests or employees

For Annual Luncheon sponsorship questions, email [email protected].

Additional Sponsorship Benefits:

  • Sponsor name included in invitation, pre-event emails and on event web page
  • Sponsor name displayed in virtual “waiting room” and via screen during in-person event
  • Sponsor name linked on 2023 Annual Luncheon sponsorship web page
  • Assisted registration for all guests (for both in-person and virtual event options)
  • Inclusion in Start Early Year in Review and Donor Wall at main office

Community Sponsor

$5,000

  • Three tickets to in-person event; unlimited access to virtual event
  • Sponsor name included in invitation, pre-event emails and on event web page
  • Sponsor name displayed in virtual “waiting room” and via screen during in-person event
  • Sponsor name linked on 2023 Annual Luncheon sponsorship web page
  • Assisted registration for all guests (for both in-person and virtual event options)
  • Inclusion in Start Early Year in Review and Donor Wall at main office

For Annual Luncheon sponsorship questions, email [email protected].

About the Annual Luncheon

Since Start Early’s Annual Luncheon’s inception in 2002, more than $13 million has been raised through sponsorships, attendance and generous contributions. Just this past year, although virtual, we raised more than $1 million! Read more about our 2021 Start Early Annual Luncheon.

Start Early (formerly the Ounce) has welcomed many notable civic and philanthropic leaders as speakers, including: Former First Lady Michelle Obama (2021); Dr. Clinton Boyd, Jr., Postdoctoral Associate, Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity (2021); Anna Deavere Smith, Activist, Playwright and Actor (2019); Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, Founder & CEO of Center for Youth Wellness (2018); Jackie Bezos, President of Bezos Family Foundation (2015); Wes Moore, Education Advocate & Best Selling Author (2012); The Honorable Arne Duncan (2011); Bill Gates, Sr., Co-Chairman of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (2007); Barack Obama, then-Illinois Senator (2006).

2022 Annual Luncheon Co-Chairs

Curt Bailey
President, Related Midwest; Member, Start Early Board of Directors

Mary Hasten
Vice Chair, Start Early Board of Directors

Thank you last year’s 2021 Annual Luncheon sponsors!