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March 23, 2024

5:30 pm
Reception & VIPbegins

*VIP tickets only available through sponsorships. Emmitt Smith will join the VIP reception at 6pm for photo ops.

7:00 pm
Dinner & Program

9:00 pm
Official After Party sponsored by

*All Tickets and Sponsorships include the After Party

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Check out photos from last year's Great Futures Sneaker Ball!

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SNEAKER BALL

Join us for the second annual Great Futures Sneaker Ball with special guest, entrepreneur, and NFL Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith! A philanthropist and motivational speaker, Emmitt will engage in conversation with President & CEO Daryle W. Unseld, Jr. during the program and sign sports memorabilia items for auction.  

This fundraising gala is hosted by Caray Grace Vann from WLKY News and includes a cocktail reception, plated dinner, live auction, and more plus an official After Party with DJ Reggie Reg bringing the beats. All donations and proceeds to this event raise funds for our 4 Boys & Girls Clubs in the California, Newburg, Parkland, and Shawnee neighborhoods. 

TICKETS AND SPONSORSHIPS ARE SOLD OUT!

Your support will directly fund our programming efforts with focus areas in Healthy Lifestyles, Character & Leadership, and Academic Success. Thank you for being a champion of opening doors to Great Futures for young people ages 6 - 18 in Kentuckiana! 

Please contact Karen Tate, Special Events & Public Relations Manager, at ktate@bgcky.org or (502) 585-5437 ext. 217 with questions and inquiries related to the Great Futures Sneaker Ball. 

 

Our History & Impact
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PRESENTED BY
GREAT FUTURES
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Sneaker Ball?
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The idea of a Sneaker Ball is simple – wear your best formal attire and add your favorite sneakers to accompany the look! 

Dress code is black tie optional, sneakers required. 

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Emmitt Smith
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Emmitt Smith is a professional football icon and one of the greatest to ever play the game. In his 15 seasons as a running back in the National Football League, Smith amassed many records that still stand today, including most career rushing yards and most career rushing touchdowns. Smith’s impressive resume includes three Super Bowl championship rings, his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010, and, most recently in 2019, his selection to the NFL 100 All-Time Team.

As a first-round pick in the 1990 NFL Draft, Smith was the cornerstone of the Dallas Cowboys offense for 13 seasons. The eight-time Pro Bowler was the first player in NFL history to rush for more than 1,000 yards in 11 consecutive seasons and on October 27, 2002 he surpassed Walter Payton as the NFL’s all-time leading rusher.

After his playing days, Smith served as a football analyst and then took his television career a step further when he won the third season of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, during which he was dubbed “the king of effortless cool.” He also added author to his list of accomplishments, publishing Game On, which outlines the principles that helped him succeed both on and off the field.

 

Smith then transitioned to the role of entrepreneur and runs several companies spanning real estate, construction, and technology. He is active in charitable outreach in the Dallas area and on a national level, providing educational opportunities and unique experiences for underserved youth. In addition, Smith is in-demand as a motivational speaker.

Transparency & Resources
PRESENTING SPONSOR
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AFTER PARTY SPONSOR
MEDIA SPONSOR
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TRANSPORTATION SPONSOR
Mr. and Mrs. Scott McReynolds
DREAM SPONSORS
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Fannie Mae Lee LLC
EMPOWER SPONSORS
Wright & Sarah Steenrod
INSPIRE SPONSORS
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Stephen Reily & Emily Bingham
Dr. Leigh Nieto
Maria Bouvette
Ben Reno-Weber
C&M Smith Restaurants

 
TABLE SPONSORS
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Audwin Helton
Doug Grissom
Kirk & Susan Strack
Doug & Laurie Wood
Lawrence & Susan Tenkman

 
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THANK YOU TO OUR 2024 SPONSORS
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Sponsorship Opportunities 

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Title $25,000+
5 tables (40 Seats) | 12 VIP Reception Tickets | Company logo projected in event space
Name in printed & digital promotional materials | Acknowledgement in event program & during dinner


NEW! After Party $15,000
4 tables (32 Seats) | 8 VIP Reception Tickets | Company logo projected in event space during After Party

Name in digital promotional materials| Acknowledgement in event program & during dinner


Dream $10,000
3 tables (24 Seats) | 6 VIP Reception Tickets | Name in digital promotional materials
Acknowledgement in event program & during dinner


Empower $7,500
2 tables (16 Seats) | 4 VIP Reception Tickets | Name in digital promotional materials
Acknowledgement in event program & during dinner


Inspire $5,000
1 table (8 Seats) | 2 VIP Reception Tickets | Name in digital promotional materials
Acknowledgement in event program & during dinner


Table $4,000
1 table (8 Seats) | Acknowledgement in event program & during dinner

Please contact Karen Tate, Special Events & Public Relations Manager, at ktate@bgcky.org or (502) 585-5437 ext. 217

with questions and inquiries related to the Great Futures Sneaker Ball. 

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