Second Annual NextUp Awards Celebrating Chicagoland’s Youngest Volunteers

Date: March 11, 2020 at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: The Drake Hotel, 140 E. Walton Pl., Chicago, IL 60611

Help us shine a light on the driven, determined young people who are looking beyond themselves and giving back across Chicagoland. 

Join us at the second annual NextUp Awards.

Sponsored by Blood Science Foundation, the philanthropic and fundraising arm of Vitalant Illinois (formerly LifeSource), The NextUp Awards Event provides scholarships to individuals 18 years of age or younger who have shown a transformative commitment to their communities – through fundraising, direct financial support, the development of charitable programs, volunteering, leadership and philanthropy.

Proceeds from the event will go toward Vitalant Illinois’ High School Scholarship Program, which awards scholarship funds to local high schools that host blood drives.

Blood Science Foundation will recognize winners in three different age categories at The NextUp Awards Celebration at The Drake Hotel of Chicago on March 11, 2020.

Are You Making a Difference in Your Community?

Nominate yourself or another youth to be recognized in the second annual NextUp Awards.

Top nominees attend The NextUp Awards Celebration at The Drake Hotel on March 11, 2020. A committee selected by Blood Science Foundation will choose three finalists for each of the following age categories:

  • Ages 12 and under
  • Ages 13 to 15
  • Ages 16 to 18

Winners in each of the age categories will receive a $2,500 scholarship!

The committee will review the submissions of all nominees and judge their philanthropic or charitable programs based on the following criteria:

  • Direct impact on the community
  • Long-term outcomes
  • Whether the project can serve as a prototype for other communities

Nominees must live in the following counties served by Vitalant Illinois: Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry or Will.

Nominations are now closed.

Sponsorship

Join us as a sponsor of the inaugural NextUp Awards. We have developed a host of sponsorship opportunities to ensure that your company or organization is recognized for its commitment to honoring the very best and brightest young minds in our region.

Individual Ticket: $100

  • Cocktail reception
  • Sit-down dinner

Sponsorship Levels

Diamond Sponsor: $25,000

  • Logo on presentation certificates
  • Opportunity to participate in the committee that selects the winners from each age group
  • Mention in pre- and post-event news releases, e-newsletters and social media with prominent logo placement if applicable
  • Most prominent logo placement on event signage and audio-visual presentation
  • Verbal acknowledgement during event
  • Prominent ad in event program
  • Sixteen tickets to event
  • Reserved Table Signage
  • Recognition and two invitations to other local events for one year
  • Logo featured on Blood Science Foundation website event listing

Platinum Sponsor: $10,000

  • Logo on presentation certificates
  • Opportunity to participate in the committee that selects the winners from each age group
  • Prominent logo and name placement in all pre-, during and post-event collateral materials
  • Mention in pre- and post-event news releases, e-newsletters and social media with prominent logo placement if applicable
  • Prominent logo placement on event signage and audio-visual presentation
  • Verbal acknowledgement during event
  • Prominent ad in event program
  • Ten tickets to event
  • Reserved Table Signage
  • Recognition and invitation to other local events for one year
  • Logo featured on Blood Science Foundation website event listing

Gold Sponsor: $5,000

  • Prominent logo and name placement in all pre-, during and post-event collateral materials
  • Logo on presentation certificates
  • Mention in pre- and post-event news releases, e-newsletters and social media with prominent logo placement if applicable
  • Logo placement on event signage and audio-visual presentation
  • Verbal acknowledgement during event
  • Eight tickets to event
  • Reserved Table Signage
  • Recognition and invitation to other local events for one year
  • Logo featured on Blood Science Foundation website event listing

Silver Sponsor: $2,500

  • Logo and name placement in all pre-, during and post-event collateral materials
  • Mention in pre- and post-event news releases, e-newsletters and social media
  • Logo placement on event signage and audio-visual presentation
  • Four tickets to event
  • Verbal acknowledgement during event
  • Recognition and invitation to other local events for one year
  • Logo featured on Blood Science Foundation website event listing

Bronze Sponsor: $1,000

  • Name placement in all pre-, during and post-event collateral materials 
  • Mention in pre- and post-event news releases, e-newsletters, and social media
  • Logo placement on event signage
  • Name mentioned in audio-visual presentation 
  • Two tickets to event 
  • Logo featured on Blood Science Foundation website event listing

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