Gather for the Gift

Featured Speakers


Timothy P. Walbert – Corporate Keynote Address

Mr. Walbert joined Horizon Pharma in June 2008 as president and chief executive officer and has served as chairman of the board of directors since 2010. Prior to joining Horizon Pharma plc, Mr. Walbert served as president, chief executive officer and director of IDM Pharma, Inc., a public biopharmaceutical company which was acquired by Takeda America Holdings, Inc. in June 2009. Prior to IDM, Mr. Walbert served as executive vice president, commercial operations at NeoPharm, Inc., a public biopharmaceutical company. From 2001 to 2005, Mr. Walbert served as divisional vice president and general manager, immunology, where he led the global development and launch of the multi-indication biologic HUMIRA and divisional vice president, global cardiovascular strategy at Abbott, now AbbVie. From 1998 to 2001, Mr. Walbert served as director, CELEBREX North America and arthritis team leader, Asia Pacific, Latin America and Canada at G.D. Searle & Company. From 1991 to 1998, Mr. Walbert also held sales and marketing roles with increasing responsibility at G.D. Searle, Merck & Co., Inc. and Wyeth.

Mr. Walbert received his B.A. in business from Muhlenberg College, in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Mr. Walbert serves as chairman of the board of Egalet Corporation (NASDAQ: EGLT) and the Illinois Biotechnology Industry Organization (iBIO) and sits on the board of directors of XOMA Corporation (NASDAQ: XOMA), Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCMP), the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), World Business Chicago (WBC) and the Greater Chicago Arthritis Foundation. Mr. Walbert is also a member of the Illinois Innovation Council.

Ryan Hall – Guest of Honor

Ryan is a retired American long-distance runner who holds the U.S. record in the half marathon and has represented the U.S. in the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games. With his half marathon record time (59.43) he became the first U.S. runner to break the one-hour barrier in the event. He is also the only American to run a sub-2:05 marathon. Ryan won the marathon at the 2008 United States Olympic Trials and placed tenth in the Olympic marathon in Beijing. He met his wife Sara, another stand-out runner at Stanford University. They are the founders of The Hall Steps Foundation, a non-profit movement to fight global poverty through better health, and they are the adoptive parents to four sisters from Ethiopia: Hana, Mia, Jasmine and Lily.

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.

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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.

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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 2017 chapter newsletters distributed nationwide
  • Logo with hyperlink featured on home page.
  • Two premium tables of 10-12
  • Six tickets to a VIP reception, and the option of a private meeting with speaker 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
  • Two premium tables of 10
  • Four tickets to a VIP reception with Speaker.

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
  • One premium table for 10
  • Two tickets to a VIP reception with Speaker

Thanks to Our 2017 Sponsors to Date