Gather for the Gift

Business Attire  |  Live Auction  |  Complimentary Valet

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Featured Speakers

Tony Dungy – Keynote Speaker

Tony Dungy is the No. 1 New York Times bestselling author. He led the Indianapolis Colts to Super Bowl victory on February 4, 2007, the first such win for an African American head coach. Dungy established another NFL first by becoming the first head coach to lead his teams to the playoffs for ten consecutive years. He joined the Colts in 2002 after serving as the most successful head coach in Tampa Bay Buccaneers history. He retired from coaching in 2009 and now serves as a studio analyst for NBC’s Football Night in America. This coming August, Tony will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2016, becoming the first African American to be inducted as a Coach.


Debra Steigerwaldt Waller – Special Guest

Debra Steigerwaldt Waller is chief executive officer of her family’s business, the Kenosha-based underwear company, Jockey International. Adopted as an infant into the family that owned Jockey International, she has made it a company goal to support and promote the work of adoptive families. She founded the Jockey Being Family Foundation which was created to strengthen adoptive families through post-adoptive services by funding national and local adoption-related nonprofit organizations.

Kathy Hart – Emcee

Kathy Hart is co-host of Chicago’s Eric & Kathy Show on 101.9 FM the MIX. She attended Columbia College and has worked every format and day-part in cities like Rockford, Milwaukee, Raleigh, Phoenix and Columbus, Ohio before finally coming home to Chicago. Kathy, an adoptive mother, resides in the north suburbs of Chicago with her husband and three children.

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 or Donate

Individual tickets are available for $250 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


  • Company name on signage
  • Company name listed in the program and highlighted at the event
  • Logo on Gather for the Gift invitation and included in GOA’s 2016 chapter newsletters distributed nationwide
  • Logo with hyperlink featured on home page.
  • Three premium tables for 10
  • 4 tickets to a VIP reception with Tony Dungy, and the option of a private meeting with Tony Dungy on the day of the event

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


  • Company name displayed during the cocktail reception for Gather for the Gift
  • Company name listed in the program and mentioned at the event
  • Company logo included in April GOA newsletter distributed to state chapters nationwide and logo with hyperlink featured on
  • 2 premium tables for 10
  • 2 tickets to a VIP reception with Tony Dungy.

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


  • Company name prominently displayed on signage at Gather for the Gift and on the menus the evening of the event
  • Company name listed prominently in the program and company name listed on
  • 1 premium table for 10.

Thanks to Our 2016 Sponsors To Date