Gala

We invite you to join us as a sponsor!

This year, we will be honoring retiring Saddleback College President Tod A. Burnett, EdD.  Please join us in making this event the most successful yet by sponsoring in honor of Dr. Burnett and his eight-year legacy of leadership at Saddleback College.

The annual Gala is Saddleback College Foundation’s signature fundraising event that provides needed funding for college programs and student scholarships. Each year, an increasing number of our students face a critical shortage of financial aid and are trying to balance working with attending school. Even more distressing is the fact that nearly 5 percent of our students are homeless or living in temporary housing. Your sponsorship of the Gala means that we can provide needed scholarships and related support so more students are able to achieve an education and thrive in our community.

The Gala is held every spring and draws more than 400 of the community’s most prominent corporate, philanthropic and civic leaders, along with university trustees, members of the foundation Board of Governors, administrators, alumni, students and friends. The event includes an exclusive VIP Sponsor Reception, silent and live auctions and an exceptional dining experience and program of speakers and entertainment.

Sponsorship opportunities are available to fit any size budget. Joining forces with Saddleback College Foundation in this important endeavor is a wonderful testament to your commitment to supporting higher education and career technical education in our community, while also providing substantial visibility and networking opportunities for both you and your guests. We hope you will take a leadership role in sponsoring the Gala. Your tax-deductible contribution will benefit the lives of many deserving and hard-working Saddleback students.

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AND BENEFITS

 
VALEDICTORIAN --$25,000
SUPPORT 3 STUDENTS WITH A SCHOLARSHIP
BENEFITS
  • Three (3) Saddleback College scholarships awarded in your name for the 2017/2018 academic year
  • Two reserved tables of eight (8) with priority seating
  • Sixteen (16) tickets to the VIP Sponsor Reception
  • One (1) night’s stay at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel for the table host
  • Recognition as “Valedictorian Sponsor” on all event materials and in Saddleback College Foundation Annual Report
  • Prominent logo placement in the Gala invitation* and on Gala web page
  • Two page spread ad in the event printed program
  • Verbal recognition at the event
  • Table signage at event and name or logo scrolled on event screens
  • Premium wine served at each table
  • Special table gifts for all guests
  • Opportunity to distribute premium company giveaway for each Gala guest
 
BONUS BENEFIT
  • Presenting sponsor of the guest cocktail hour with signage and recognition
*Sponsorship confirmation required by February 1, 2017 to be included in the Gala invitation.

SCHOLAR --$15,000
SUPPORT 2 STUDENTS WITH A SCHOLARSHIP
BENEFITS
  • Two (2) Saddleback College scholarships awarded in your name for the 2017/2018 academic year
  • One reserved table of eight (8) with priority seating
  • Eight (8) tickets to the VIP Sponsor Reception
  • One (1) night’s stay at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel for the table host
  • Recognition as “Scholar Sponsor” on all event materials and in Saddleback College Foundation Annual Report
  • One page ad in the event printed program
  • Prominent logo placement on the Gala web page
  • Verbal recognition at the event
  • Table signage at event and name or logo scrolled on event screens
  • Premium wine served at each table
  • Special table gifts for all guests
  • Opportunity to distribute premium company giveaway for each Gala guest

ALUMNI --$10,000
SUPPORT 1 STUDENT WITH A SCHOLARSHIP
BENEFITS
  • One (1) Saddleback College scholarship awarded in your name for the 2017/2018 academic year
  • One reserved table of eight (8) with priority seating
  • Recognition as “Alumni Sponsor” on all event materials and in Saddleback College Foundation Annual Report
  • Eight (8) tickets to the VIP Sponsor Reception
  • One page ad in the event printed program
  • Prominent logo placement on the Gala web page
  • Verbal recognition at the event
  • Table signage at event and name or logo scrolled on event screens
  • Premium wine served at each table
  • Special table gifts for all guests
  • Opportunity to distribute premium company giveaway for each Gala guest

CARDINAL AND GOLD --$5,000
BENEFITS
  • One reserved table of eight (8)
  • Eight (8) tickets to the VIP Sponsor Reception
  • Recognition as “Cardinal and Gold Sponsor” on all event materials and in Saddleback College Foundation Annual Report
  • Half page ad in the event printed program
  • Name or logo placed on the Gala web page
  • Table signage at event and name or logo scrolled on event screens
  • Wine served at each table

ACADEMIC --$2,500
BENEFITS
  • One reserved table of eight (8)
  • Logo placement on the Gala web page
  • Recognition in Saddleback College Foundation Annual Report

UNDERWRITING OPPORTUNITIES – (see sponsorship form for details)
 
VIP Sponsor Reception – $10,000
After Party – $8,000
Valet – $6,000
Printed Materials – $5,000
Video – $4,000
Entertainment – $3,000
 
IN-KIND SPONSOR OPPORTUNITIES
PROVIDE:
  • Wine or cocktails for VIP Sponsor Reception
  • Wine for top sponsor tables during dinner
  • Gifts for top sponsor guests
  • Transportation for top sponsor guests to/from hotel



Gala Sponsorship Form

Gala Auction Item Donation Form

Click here to view Gala brochure

For sponsorship inquiries, please contact:
Erin McHenry, Director of Annual Giving and Development Services
Saddleback College Foundation
949-582-4481 | emchenry@saddleback.edu