WE INVITE YOU

to join us for our annual, signature Gala on Friday, September 11, 2020!

Come enjoy an elegant evening of cocktails, music, exciting auctions, and more while supporting OPEN M’s mission to create pathways out of poverty.

Friday, September 11, 2020  |
6-10pm  |  St. George’s Family Center

 

We believe we will be able to host our annual gala event in person on September 11. 
In light of COVID-19, we have a contingency plan in place where we will move to a virtual auction and ceremony if needed.
If you have any questions, please email j.rist@openm.org

2020 HONORARY CHAIR

NICK BROWNING

Nicholas Browning is president of Huntington’s Akron Region.

Browning joined Huntington in 2016 following the merger of FirstMerit into the company. While at FirstMerit, he served as executive vice president, Akron president and CEO and was responsible for coordinating the activities of retail, wealth and commercial banking for the Akron Region, with direct responsibility for all aspects of Akron commercial banking. In addition, he was a member of the FirstMerit Bank, N.A. board of directors and executive committee. Prior to joining FirstMerit, Browning was a commercial banker with Ameritrust Bank and NCNB, where he began his banking career.

Browning earned his MBA from Kent State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in economics and marketing from the University of South Carolina. He is a trustee for the Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Akron, Summa Health System Hospitals, Akron Community Foundation, Sisler McFawn Foundation, Summit Education Initiative, United Way of Summit County and Downtown Akron Partnership, and a member of the University of Akron College of Business Advancement Council. He was 2012 campaign chair for United Way of Summit County/Red Cross Campaign and is past board president of United Disability Services and Greenleaf Family Center.

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Click HERE to see the Gala Sponsorship Form HERE to purchase sponsorships.

PRESENTING SPONSOR

• Exclusive sponsorship – first claimed accepted
• Two full tables totaling 16 reserved seats (estimated value $1,600)
• Recognized by event emcee
• Primary logo on all event materials
• Marketing table at event
• Logo with link to sponsor’s website on OPEN M Gala webpage
• Logo with featured article in OPEN M newsletter (~2,500 circulation)
• Social media recognition throughout 2020

Click HERE to purchase this sponsorship.

PHOTOBOOTH SPONSOR

• Exclusive sponsorship – first claimed accepted
• 4 reserved seats (estimated value $400)
• Logo on photobooth strips taken home by attendees • Logo sign by photobooth at the event
• Logo in OPEN M newsletter (~2,500 circulation)
• Social media recognition

Click HERE to purchase this sponsorship.

BAR SPONSOR

• Exclusive sponsorship – first claimed accepted
• 4 reserved seats (estimated value $400)
• Recognized by event emcee
• Logo napkins distributed with drinks night of the event • Logo sign by bar at the event
• Listing in OPEN M newsletter (~2,500 circulation)
• Social media recognition

Click HERE to purchase this sponsorship.

GETAWAY SPONSOR

• 4 reserved seats (estimated value $400)
• Recognized by event emcee
• Logo on all event Getaway Raffle materials (~300 tickets sold last year & ~300 flyers distributed)
• Logo in OPEN M newsletter (~2,500 circulation)
• Social media recognition

Click HERE to purchase this sponsorship.

CHAMPION SPONSOR

• 4 reserved seats (estimated value $400)
• Listing in all night-of event materials
• Social media recognition

 

Click HERE to purchase this sponsorship.

 

 

HERO SPONSOR

• Full table of 8 reserved seats (estimated value $800)
• Logo on all event materials
• Logo on OPEN M website
• Social media recognition

 

Click HERE to purchase this sponsorship.

ADVOCATE SPONSOR

• 2 reserved seats (estimated value $200)
• Listing in all night-of event materials

 

Click HERE to purchase this sponsorship.

 

2020 ADVENTURE RAFFLE

Back for the second year, we have our Adventure Raffle. Tickets are only $25 each and we will pull the winner the night of the event on Friday, September 11, 2020. The winner does not need to be present to win. The winner will choose from one of these four amazing adventures:

• 5-Night all-inclusive resort stay in Montego Bay, Jamaica with airfare for two
• 3-Night stay in New Orleans with tours, meal with wine pairing, and airfare for two
• 3-Night resort stay in Napa Valley with hot air balloon ride and airfare for two
• 3-Night stay in Kentucky with distillery tours, tasting, chauffeur and airfare for two

Last year’s winner purchased only TWO tickets and won a trip to Napa and Sonoma. Click HERE to purchase your raffle tickets or email j.rist@openm.org for details!

EVENT NIGHT INFORMATION

TENTATIVE MENU

Our annual Gala is a heavy hors d’oeuvre event with multiple food stations and selections available. Please see below for the tentative menu items to enjoy throughout the evening. A full open bar is also included.

Plated salad
Passed hors d’oeuvres
Meat carving station
Other food station
Trimmings for each food station
Various desserts

Carvingstation

VENUE & PARKING

Our 2020 Gala will be held at St. George’s Family Center in Fairlawn, Ohio. The venue is an elegant ballroom with the capacity to comfortably accommodate up to 500 guests.

The venue has two dedicated parking lots with handicap parking available in both, all located close to the entry door. See more about the venue here.

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