2018 Midwest Academy Awards

The Midwest Academy’s Board of Directors and Gala Host Committee will hold an evening of celebration and recognition of some of our nation’s most acclaimed progressive activists. We will come together at the Midwest Academy Awards to pause and recognize the outstanding contributions of some of our most dedicated leaders. More than 250 of the most recognized organizers and activists of the national progressive community will join us for a time to celebrate, re-energize and of course, organize!

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The Midwest Academy’s Board of Directors and Gala Host Committee invites you to join us for an evening of celebration and recognition of some of our nation’s most acclaimed progressive activists.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Cocktail Reception – 6pm
Awards Program – 7:30pm

The Sphinx Club at Franklin Square
1315 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005

Directions and parking

2017 GALA HOST COMMITTEE

Jeff Blum, Global Progressive Hub                                                                                                                                                                                                 Deepak Bhargava, Center for Community Change
Michael Brune, Sierra Club
Jenn Brown, Civic Nation                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Joseline Garcia, US Student Association                                                                                                                                                                                        Sarita Gupta, Jobs With Justice
Wenonah Hauter, Food and Water Watch                                                                                                                                                                                     Saru Jayaraman,  ROC United                                                                                                                                                                                                       Carlos Jimenez, DC Metro Labor Council
Gara LaMarche, Democracy Alliance                                                                                                                                                                                        Mary Beth Maxwell, Human Rights Campaign
Heather McGhee, Demos
Heidi Mitchell, Act Blue
Erin O’Neill, American Cancer Society
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Karen Nussbaum, Working America
Miles Rapoport, Harvard Kennedy School                                                                                                                                                                            Cecile Richards, Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Lee Saunders, AFSCME
Rep. Jan Schakowsky, U.S. Congress                                                                                                                                                                                        Joel Silberman, Democracy Partners
Roger Smith, American Income Life                                                                                                                                                                                            John Stocks, National Education Association (NEA)
Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO                                                                                                                                                                                                          Billy Wimsatt, Movement Voter Project
Yadi Sanchez, Mi Familia Vota


BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Chair Heather Booth
(Democracy Partners)

Directors
Paul Booth
Saqib Bhatti (Action Center on Race & Economy)
Robert Creamer (Democracy Partners)                                                                                                                                                                                            Jacky Grimshaw (Center for Neighborhood Technology)
Jackie Kendall (Democracy Partners)
Mike Lux (Democracy Partners)
Eddy Morales (Morales Public Relations)
Marvin Randolph (Southern Elections Fund)
Alicia Ybarra
Executive Director Judy Hertz


HONOREES

We recognize these very special 2017 Academy Award Honorees.

Jessica Pierce
21st Century Innovator Award
Movement Voter Project
Former National Chair of BYP 100
Midwest Academy & GROW Alumnae
Senator Sherrod Brown
Progressive Leadership Award
Author
United States Congress

Steve Phillips
Progressive Leadership Award
Author of Brown is the New White
Founder of Democracy in Color

 


Leo Gerard
Progressive Leadership Award
International President
United Steel Workers


SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Sponsorship donations may be made by credit card online here or click the graphic below to download our Sponsor form:

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Please join us in honoring these remarkable leaders with a gift to the Academy Awards.
We would like to give you this special opportunity to become a sponsor of the Academy Awards and have your name on our website and in the program book.
The benefits of sponsorship are detailed as follows:

New – Presenting Sponsor – $25,000
· Exclusive naming rights as presenting partner
· Premiere logo placement across all event promotion platforms
· Recognition and exclusive signage placement at event
· 15 VIP tickets and premier table seating
Title Sponsor – $15,000
· 12 VIP tickets, premier table seating, and signage
· Recognition and premier signage at the event
· Logo and full-page color ad in program book
· Listing and Logo on website
Direct Action Sponsor – $10,000
· 10 tickets, premier table seating, and signage
· Premier signage at the event
· Logo and half page color ad in program book
· Listing and logo on website
Strategy Chart Sponsor – $5,000
· 8 tickets, table seating and signage
· Listing and quarter page color ad in program book
Progressive Sponsor – $2,500
· 6 tickets to the event
· Business card ad in program book. Listing on website
Friend of Academy – $1,000
· 4 tickets to the event
· Listing in program book and website