7th Annual Gather for the Gift

Special Guests

Ernie Johnson, Jr.

Ernie Johnson, Jr. & his wife, Cheryl Johnson – Guests of Honor

Ernie Johnson, Jr. is one of sport’s most respected and loved personalities. The three-time Sports Emmy Award winner and host of TNT’s “Inside the NBA” has helped audiences break down games and belly laugh for decades. Ernie is also the host for NBA TV’s popular “Fan Night” and a host for Turner and CBS’s NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship coverage. He is the lead play-by-play announcer for Turner’s coverage of Major League Baseball and the PGA Championship, and has covered the National Football League, The British Open, Wimbledon and the Olympics.

In his new book, UNSCRIPTED: THE UNPREDICTABLE MOMENTS THAT MAKE LIFE EXTRAORDINARY, Ernie gives readers a look at TV’s most popular shows and broadcasts, as well as into the privacy of his own home to share hard-won lessons in being open and slowing down to savor moments that really matter. UNSCRIPTED takes readers back to Ernie’s early days, offering an intimate insight into his athletic career, first jobs in TV, falling in love, his close relationship with his father and more. While the book is full of warm tales from Ernie’s youth and hilarious outtakes featuring coworkers Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, and Shaquille O’Neal, UNSCRIPTED does not stick solely to life’s happy surprises. From the death of his father, the adoption of their special needs children, the health scares of his son Michael, to his battle with non-Hodgkin lymphoma and much more, Ernie shares the gut-wrenching side of weathering the unexpected with grace, wit, and wisdom.

Ernie lives in Braselton, Georgia, with his wife, Cheryl, and their six children, four of whom are adopted.

Kathy Hart

Kathy Hart – Emcee

Kathy Hart spent 20+ years entertaining Chicago on the wildly successful “Eric & Kathy Show” on 101.9fm The Mix. Two-time Marconi Award winner and inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2016, Kathy is the first and only female inducted into her category.

Adoption advocacy is one of her many passions, having dreamt from a young age of becoming an adoptive parent. Her son Allen, 10, was adopted into the family at 3 months old.

Live Auction Items

1. Tee it Up!

• Golf for 3 at Skokie Country Club (Glencoe, Illinois)
Founded as a nine-hole club in 1897, the core of Skokie’s current routing was laid out by legendary golf course architect Donald Ross. In addition to the 2010 Western Amateur, Skokie has hosted the 1909 Western Open, the 1922 U.S. Open, the 1998 U.S. Senior Amateur, as well as a number of qualifiers for major USGA events. Skokie was also among the original 11 charter clubs that established the WGA in 1899 to help spread the game of golf across the Midwest. Only seven still exist. Skokie Country Club is listed among Golfweek Magazine’s Top 100 Classic courses. You’ll walk with complimentary caddies and enjoy lunch too. A golf course you must experience! Date to be mutually agreed upon.

• Golf for 3 at the Dunes Club (New Buffalo, Michigan)
The Dunes Club has always been unassuming and very low-key, but ultra-exclusive since it opened in 1995 by Bandon Dunes developer Mike Keiser. The course is in immaculate condition due in large part to being a walking-only club. Experienced caddies guide you through the challenging but beautiful holes designed by Dick Nugent. The famous sportswriter Dan Jenkins rated the Dunes Club as “the best nine-hole course in the country,” and many golf publications agree. The Dunes Club is frequently included as one of the top 50 courses within the United States, whether 9 or 18 holes. According to Michianagolf.com, “If an opportunity presents itself to play the ‘mythical’ Dunes Club, drop everything you’re doing and go for it! You may never play a course like it again!” Date to be mutually agreed upon.

• Golf for 3 at Lost Dunes Golf Club (Bridgman, Michigan)
A private golf club, with the emphasis on golf. Lost Dunes opened in April 1999 with the goal of being one of the finest private golf clubs in the country. The course is designed by Tom Doak and takes its inspiration from “the form and nature of the land.” Date to be mutually agreed upon.

2. Tequila Tasting & Dinner for 10 at Depot Nuevo

• Enjoy a private tequila tasting and dinner for 10 at Depot Nuevo in Wilmette, Illinois—rated one of the top 25 Tequila Bars in America! It is Mexican gourmet at its finest! They are tequila experts offering a selection of 85 varieties of 100% agave tequila and much more. Plus, they have the best wrap-around porch and outdoor dining on the North Shore! It’s a hot-spot you must try.

• Must be used on a Monday or Tuesday night—not valid in June or July.

3. Wine, Dine & Stay at the Caldwell Vineyard in Napa

• Enjoy an insider’s tour and tasting for two and a 3-night stay in the Caldwell Vineyard Guest House. Your tasting will be with founder John Caldwell or his winemaker, in their 20,000 square foot cave where you will be immersed in his informative, intriguing stories.

• Hollywood has already taken note of John Caldwell’s story—how he single-handedly became the first Californian to discover and import rootstocks and grapevine clones from France.

• This package also includes roundtrip airfare for two and 6 consecutive hours of chauffeured luxury sedan service to visit other vineyards. Cheers!

4. Root for the Home Team(s)!

Take in the best of Chicago sports and eat your steak too!

• Cubs: Four tickets to a mutually agreed upon game. Section 110, row 9, seats 1-4. You’ll also go home with an autographed/authentic Joe Maddon jersey!

• Blackhawks: Three phenomenal seats located directly behind the visitor’s goalie and only 5 rows behind the glass offer a prime location to watch the Blackhawks score in front of you during the 1st and 3rd period. Section 117, Row 5, these seats make up the entire row next to the Zamboni tunnel and offer an action-packed view. A game to be agreed upon mutually for the upcoming 2018-2019 season.

• Bulls: 20-person penthouse level suite and 4 VIP parking passes to a mutually agreed upon Chicago Bulls home game during the 2018-2019 regular season. Also, head home with an official NBA basketball signed by the 2017-2018 Chicago Bulls team!

• Bears: Enjoy a Chicago Bears pre-season game when the sun is still shining on Soldier Field (literally and figuratively!). Game date is August 30, 2018 vs. the Buffalo Bills at 7pm.

• Chicago Cut Steakhouse: Enjoy a pregame meal with a $250 gift certificate to one of the best steak houses in Chicago.

• Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse: Enjoy a $250 gift certificate good at any of the Gibsons locations, including its latest addition, Gibsons Italia.

5. Priceless Broadway Experience!

• Pre-show dinner with cast members and Broadway show tickets for two at your choice of one of these Broadway shows: Beautiful, Chicago, Kinky Boots, Wicked, Aladdin, Anastasia, School of Rock, The Lion King, Hamilton* or Frozen* (*requires an upgrade via the booking service Winspire).

• Enjoy a 3-course, prix-fixe dinner (not including alcohol) at a popular Theater District restaurant. Two cast members from the Broadway show you’ll be seeing will join you for dinner. You’ll be entertained with fascinating backstage anecdotes, personal career stories, lots of conversation, photos and autographs.

• Following the show, enjoy a private in-theater meet and greet with a cast member!

• This package also includes a two-night stay in a standard guest room at a Hyatt, Hilton, Marriot or comparable hotel in New York City.

6. Carpool Karaoke anybody?! Attend a taping of The Late Late Show with James Corden!

• Two VIP tickets to attend a taping of The Late Late Show with James Corden in Los Angeles, CA.

• This package also includes parking, priority check-in and seating, preferential treatment for show dates and a certificate for a two-night stay at the new AKA in West Hollywood (15 minutes from the studio).

Get Involved

Become A Sponsor

Make a sponsorship commitment at any 1 of 3 different levels. Each comes with great benefits and helps towards our mission of bringing children home to loving families.

Be A Table Captain

Commit as a table captain to sell 10 seats at $250 each.

Buy Tickets, Donate or Pay for Sponsorship

Individual tickets are available for $300 each. Each purchase helps make it possible for vulnerable children to become adopted into safe, loving, and permanent families.

Get Involved

Become A Sponsor

Make a sponsorship commitment at any 1 of 3 different levels. Each comes with great benefits and helps towards our mission of bringing children home to loving families.

Be A Table Captain

Commit as a table captain to sell 10 seats at $250 each.

Buy Tickets, Donate or Pay for Sponsorship

Individual tickets are available for $300 each. Each purchase helps make it possible for vulnerable children to become adopted into safe, loving, and permanent families.

Get Involved

Become A Sponsor

Make a sponsorship commitment at any 1 of 3 different levels. Each comes with great benefits and helps towards our mission of bringing children home to loving families.

Be A Table Captain

Commit as a table captain to sell 10 seats at $250 each.

Buy Tickets, Donate or Pay for Sponsorship

Individual tickets are available for $300 each. Each purchase helps make it possible for vulnerable children to become adopted into safe, loving, and permanent families.

Sponsorship Levels

Screen Shot 2015-10-27 at 4.04.24 PM   Title Sponsor / $20,000

Benefits

  • This sponsorship will help four children
  • Company name on signage at Gather for the Gift event
  • Company name listed in the program and publically mentioned at the event
  • Logo with hyperlink featured on giftofadoption.org
  • Two premium tables of 12
  • Access to a VIP reception.

Screen Shot 2015-10-27 at 4.04.24 PM   Reception Sponsor / $10,000

Benefits

  • This sponsorship will help two children
  • Company name on signage at Gather for the Gift event
  • Company name listed in the program
  • Logo with hyperlink featured on giftofadoption.org
  • Two premium tables of 10
  • Access to a VIP reception

Screen Shot 2015-10-27 at 4.04.24 PM   Table Sponsor / $5,000

Benefits

  • This sponsorship will help one child
  • Company name on signage at Gather for the Gift event
  • Company name listed in the program
  • Logo with hyperlink featured on giftofadoption.org
  • One premium table for 10
  • Four tickets to a VIP reception

Thanks to Our 2018 Sponsors

 
ValueAct Capital
First Business Financial Services, Inc
Stout