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2020 Annual Gala

2020 Annual Gala


Help NYC children, adults & families find positive paths forward!

2020 Annual Gala




September 22, 2020 6:30 pm


The Essential Workers of Rising Ground
Champion for Children Award

Bank of New York Mellon
Thelma Stackhouse Award

with a memorial tribute to longtime Board Member
Lawrence B. Thompson, Esq.

Due to the uncertainty created by Covid-19, we will not be able to come together for our biggest fundraiser of the year, our Annual Gala on September 22. However, you can still join us in celebrating our work and helping provide the funds needed to help New York City children, adults, and families overcome adversity. We rely on donors like you to create programs that are effective and create a lasting impact in the lives of New Yorkers who face a wide range of challenges. Through this trying time, we’ve continued to provide these vital supports and create a safety net for New York’s most vulnerable individuals and families, but this has brought new expenses.

We are still rising, and we still need your support to continue our life-affirming work for New Yorkers in need!

What is a Virtual Gala?
While we cannot come together this year, our 2020 Virtual Gala will maintain the spirit of our annual event. Through a livestream presentation of live and pre-recorded presentations, we look to celebrate our life-affirming work and the generosity of donors like you who make it possible. The presentation will include video highlighting the people whose lives we touch, messages from our leadership, several award presentations honoring the contributions of individuals and companies that have contributed to our work, and a virtual service auction highlighting how your generosity impact the lives of our neighbors in need. For sponsors and early supporters, we will mail you in advance a Gala Participation Kit, including a Gala Program and some items to make your Gala viewing experience special.

See what benefits, acknowledgement, and visibility comes with each sponsor level below or download our 2020 Virtual Gala Sponsor Form.

Show your support in our Gala Program Book
As always, we will create a Gala Program Book highlighting our sponsors. The Program will be shown virtually on the Gala homepage and sent in all of our Gala Participation Kits to sponsors and early supporters. To show your support, you can purchase these in the Program Book:

$5,000 Full Gold Page $3,000 Full Silver Page $2,000 Full Bronze Page $1,000 Full White Page $500 Half White Page $250 Quarter White Page

Please email your ad file to [email protected] before Friday, August 28, or contact us for info about producing an ad. Ads specs: Full color Full Page Trim - 5” x 8” Half Page - 5” x 4” Quarter Page – 2.5” x 4”

Secure your sponsorship or journal ad below or fill out this 2020 Virtual Gala Sponsor Form and return to Rising Ground Gala Office, 151 Lawrence Street, Fifth Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201. For more information about sponsorships or advertising, please contact us at [email protected] or 212-602-5847.