2019 Aspire Gala

This year we are celebrating our 15th Annual Aspire Gala which benefits our work with at-risk youth across the country. The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation's Aspire Gala honors leaders from the fields of sports, entertainments, and business. This year's auspicious Aspire Gala will continue a tradition of honoring those who are truly making a difference in the lives of others. The evening includes a lively cocktail reception, silent auction, dinner, program, and special musical performance. This year, we will be honoring Curtis Martin, Football Hall of Famer and former New York Jets running back; Jim Leyland, former World Series winning manager for the Florida Marlins and Detroit Tigers; and Colin Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, for excellence in their fields, dedication to helping others, and for being a coach in life to so many both on and off the field/court. We also have a musical performance planned by DENNIS DEYOUNG: THE MUSIC OF STYX.

The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, working throughout the country with community-based youth organizations to serve at-risk young people and build Youth Developments Parks in America's most distressed communities. Founded in 2001, the Foundation is led by former Major League Baseball players, Cal Ripken, Jr. and Bill Ripken, and was named in memory of their father, Cal, Sr. The life lessons of leadership, teamwork, sportsmanship, personal responsibility, and a strong work ethic are keys to success for all young people, especially those living in disadvantaged circumstances.

For more information on sponsoring the 2019 Aspire Gala, please click here to view the invite and commitment form. You can also fill in the webform below or contact Carrie LeBow at 443-841-7032 or clebow@ripkenfoundation.org for more information.

2019 Aspire Gala Commitment Form

Sponsorship Levels
Hall of Fame Sponsor Benefits Include:
  • Named as Title Sponsor of Aspire Gala
  • Seating for 10 with a VIP celebrity at your table
  • A photo opportunity for you and each of your guests with Cal Ripken, Jr. (10 photo passes)
  • Specialty autographed Cal Ripken, Jr. jersey and helmet
  • Full-page inside cover color ad in the Aspire Gala program book
  • Use of the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation and/or Aspire logo in your advertising and on your website (prior approval required)
  • Your name or company logo featured on the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation website, e-newsletter, and recognition on social media
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Platinum Sponsor Benefits Include:
  • Seating for 10 with a celebrity at your table
  • A photo opportunity for you and each of your guests with Cal Ripken, Jr. (10 photo passes)
  • Specialty autographed Cal Ripken, Jr. jersey and baseball
  • Full-page color ad in the Aspire Gala program book
  • Featured on-site signage
  • Your name or company logo featured on the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation website, e-newsletter, and recognition on social media
Gold Sponsor Benefits Include:
  • Seating for 10 with a celebrity at your table
  • A photo opportunity for you and each of your guests with Cal Ripken, Jr. (10 photo passes)
  • Specialty autographed Cal Ripken, Jr. bat and baseball
  • Half-page color ad in the Aspire Gala program book
  • Your name or company logo featured on the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation website, e-newsletter, and recognition on social media
Silver Sponsor Benefits Include:
  • Seating for 10 at the Gala
  • A photo opportunity for you and three of your guests with Cal Ripken, Jr. (4 photo passes)
  • Specialty autographed Cal Ripken, Jr. helmet and baseball
  • Half-page black and white ad in the Aspire Gala program book
  • ​​​​​​​Your name featured on the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation website and e-newsletter
Vector logo (EPS or AI format) is due by February 1, 2019. Please use the upload files button below to send us your logo directly.  You can also email the logo to Caroline Glass at cglass@ripkenfoundation.org

Payment is also due by February 1, 2019. You can submit your online donation here. Use the drop-down menus to select Fundraising Events, and then Aspire Gala. You can also call 443-841-7043 to pay by credit card over the phone or send a check payable to the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation to:

Kate Manchester
Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation
1427 Clarkview Road, Suite 100
Baltimore, MD 21209
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Payment is due by February 1, 2018. You can submit your online donation here. Use the drop-down menus to select Fundraising Events, and then Aspire Gala. You can also call 443-841-7043 to pay by credit card over the phone or send a check payable to the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation to:

Kate Manchester
Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation
1427 Clarkview Road, Suite 100
Baltimore, MD 21209
Yes/No - Names-Silver
Do you want to submit your guests' names and cell phone numbers now?  
If you do not have your list ready, you can return to the event page to submit it electronically or send your names to Natalie Caterino at ncaterino@ripkenfoundation.org.
Yes/No - Names-Gold
Do you want to submit your guests' names and cell phone numbers now?  
If you do not have your list ready, you can return to the event page to submit it electronically or send your names to Natalie Caterino at ncaterino@ripkenfoundation.org.
Yes/No - Names-Platinum
Do you want to submit your guests' names and cell phone numbers now?  
If you do not have your list ready, you can return to the event page to submit it electronically or send your names to Natalie Caterino at ncaterino@ripkenfoundation.org.
Yes/No - Names-Hall of Fame
Do you want to submit your guests' names and cell phone numbers now?  
If you do not have your list ready, you can return to the event page to submit it electronically or send your names to Natalie Caterino at ncaterino@ripkenfoundation.org.
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Please provide your guests' names and phone numbers below. If you do not have your guests' names yet, you can return to the event page to submit them electronically or you can download the RSVP form here and send it to Natalie Caterino at ncaterino@ripkenfoundation.org to submit your names. Guest names are not required to submit this event form. 

Please note that both guests will receive a photo pass for a photo opportunity with Cal Ripken, Jr.  Guests' cell phone numbers will be used to pre-register them on our mobile bidding platform, BidPal. If you do not have their cell phone number, guests can provide their number at registration or use floating iPads to bid on auction items at the event.
Please provide your guests' names and phone numbers below. If you do not have your guests' names yet, you can return to the event page to submit them electronically or you can download the RSVP form here and send it to Natalie Caterino at ncaterino@ripkenfoundation.org to submit your names. Guest names are not required to submit this event form.

Please note that the first four names provided will receive a photo pass for a photo opportunity with Cal Ripken, Jr.  Guests' cell phone numbers will be used to pre-register them on our mobile bidding platform, BidPal. If you do not have their cell phone number, guests can provide their number at registration or use floating iPads to bid on auction items at the event.
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Please provide your guests' names and phone numbers below. If you do not have your guests' names yet, you can return to the event page to submit them electronically or you can download the RSVP form here and send it to Natalie Caterino at ncaterino@ripkenfoundation.org to submit your names. Guest names are not required to submit this event form.

Please note that the first two names provided will receive a pass to the VIP afterparty with Cal and friends. All of your guests will receive a photo pass for a photo opportunity with Cal Ripken, Jr.  Guests' cell phone numbers will be used to pre-register them on our mobile bidding platform, BidPal. If you do not have their cell phone number, guests can provide their number at registration or use floating iPads to bid on auction items at the event.
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Please provide your guests' names and phone numbers below. If you do not have your guests' names yet, you can return to the event page to submit them electronically or you can download the RSVP form here and send it to Natalie Caterino at ncaterino@ripkenfoundation.org to submit your names. Guest names are not required to submit this event form.

Please note that the first two names provided will receive a pass to the VIP afterparty with Cal and friends. All of your guests will receive a photo pass for a photo opportunity with Cal Ripken, Jr.  Guests' cell phone numbers will be used to pre-register them on our mobile bidding platform, BidPal. If you do not have their cell phone number, guests can provide their number at registration or use floating iPads to bid on auction items at the event.
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