NEIU Weekend - Golden Gala 2017

NEIU Weekend 2018
Friday, September 14 and Saturday, September 15

The NEIU Weekend event is one of the largest events at Northeastern Illinois University. The program is a two-day celebration that attracts close to 1,000 guest including alumni, current students, faculty, staff and community members. The weekend includes Fall Fest, the Golden Eagle Family Picnic, and the Golden Gala Alumni Awards dinner which recognize five outstanding alumni awardees. The Gala also serves as a fundraiser; in 2017 the event raised nearly $200,000 in gifts and pledges.


NEIU Weekend 2018 Program

Fall Fest Event • Friday, September 14 • 4-10 p.m.

Event Description: The Fall Fest event is hosted by the Northeastern Programming Board, a
Student run organization, and serves as a block party-type event. The program features musical performers from a variety of genres. The event also includes food, outdoor games and attractions and tables for community businesses and various vendors.
Target Audience: Current NEIU students, alumni, faculty and staff and the surrounding neighborhood communities.
Estimated Attendance: 350

Golden Eagle Picnic • Saturday, September 15 • 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Event Description: The Golden Eagle Picnic is hosted by the Office of Alumni Relations and serves as a university-wide homecoming event. The program features musical performers, food, outdoor games and attractions and tables for community businesses and various vendors.
Target Audience: Current NEIU students, alumni, faculty and staff and the surrounding neighborhood communities
Estimated Attendance: 450

Golden Gala Alumni Awards Dinner • Saturday, September 15 • 6:30 p.m.

Event Description: The Golden Gala event is hosted by the Office of Alumni Relations and serves as an alumni awards recognition dinner and fundraiser. The program features five alumni award presentations including the University’s highest alumni distinction the Distinguished Alumnus Award, a gourmet meal, dancing and fundraising activist.
Target Audience: NEIU alumni, donors, supporting corporations, and faculty and staff.
Estimated Attendance: 250

Become a Sponsor 


NEIU Weekend 2018 Sponsorship Levels

NEIU Weekend Presenting Sponsor | $10,000

  • Event signage at all NEIU Weekend events, which include Fall Fest (Friday event – approx. 250 attendees); Golden Eagle Picnic (Saturday afternoon – approx. 400 attendees); and the Golden Gala and Alumni Awards Dinner (Saturday evening – approx. attendees),
  • Placement of company logo on all NEIU Weekend marketing materials. Includes: NEIU Weekend Save the Date – 10,000 printed; NEIU Weekend Gala Invitation – 5,000 printed, NEIU Weekend eblasts – over 30 different eblast sent to 20,000; NEIU Weekend Gala Evening program – 250 printed; NEIU Weekend Event Signage – min. 5 large signs,
  • Company Logo on NEIU Weekend Event Webpage,
  • Includes all benefits of Golden Gala Gold Sponsorship.

Golden Gala Gold Sponsor | $5,000

Benefits of Gold Level, plus:

  • VIP table and pre- and post-event publicity
  • A representative from your organization will be given 2 minutes at the podium during the evening’s program
  • Logo featured online and in all email and social media promotions
  • Large event banner featuring your organization
  • Inclusion of logo on large screens during the event
  • Premium seating for a table for 10
  • Information table for your organization at the Gala.

Golden Gala Silver Sponsor | $3,000

Benefits of Golden Gala Bronze Level, plus:

  • Premium seating
  • Easel signage
  • Information table at the Gala
  • Logo on Gala invitation and other printed collateral
  • Logo on event website.

Golden Gala Bronze Sponsor | $2,000

  • Recognition in the gala program, table signage
  • Logo on event website.

Golden Gala Table Sponsor | $1,000

  • Table sign - sponsors a table for NEIU students
  • Logo on event website.

Become a Sponsor 


To become a sponsor or learn more about other ways to support Northeastern Illinois University, please contact Damaris Tapia, Office of Alumni Relations at (773) 442-4208 or e-mail d-tapia1@neiu.edu.