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  • Military Appreciation Banquet
    Friday, May 6, 2016

  • This year marks the 48th anniversary of the Military Appreciation Banquet, an event that began almost 50 years ago by Jim and Rosemary Messer*.  What started out as small "dinner-in'the-home" parties in their home for their friends in the military quickly grew and prospered to an banquet event for nearly 600 people.  The evening honors the military personnel from Interior Alaska who have been honored for their excellence, leadership, and commitment in service to our armed forces. The banquet is a great way for our community to show our gratitude and support for our friends in uniform.  The 2016 banquet will be held on Friday, May 6 at 6 p.m. at the Carlson Center. Our honorary host for the evening is Alaska's senior congressional Senator, Lisa Murowski.  

    The banquet program includes recognition of military members who have exhibited distinguished service to our country, volunteer of the year recipients from each of the installations, and a member of the community who best promoted military/community relations over the years, known as the The Jim Messer Award.

    This event would not be possible without the generous support of the business community.  If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please call Laura Solie, Events & Sponsorships Coordinator at (907) 374-6705.

     

    *Jim Messer was the Chairman of the Military Affairs Committee for the Fairbanks Chamber for many years and, for decades, he was on the front lines of our community’s efforts to offer the military an environment of friendliness, first-class housing, and a quality of life second to none.

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    • Sponsorship Information

      This event would not be possible without the generous support of the business community. There are several sponsorship opportunities available - please refer to the event page on the Chamber's website or call Laura Solie at (907) 374-6705. Please let us know which sponsor levels you are interested in and the Event Coordinator will follow up with you to discuss the opportunities available.
    • Reservation Information

      Tickets are $275 each if purchased before 5 p.m. on Friday, April 29.  After April 29, ticket will be $300 each.

      Each ticket includes dinner for 2 civilians to host 2 military guests). 
      NOTE: If two or more tickets are purchased, businesses will be automatically be recognized as table sponsors.

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    Sponsorship Opportunities Sponsorship Opportunities

    PRESENTING SPONSOR: $10,000 - Sold to Boeing Company 

    • Company logo displayed on banner, printed program (front cover and throughout) and invitations
    • Company logo on projection screen sponsor slide
    • Half-page, full-color advertisement in the printed program (inside cover ) **may upgrade to larger ad size
    • Sponsor recognition in all media releases
    • Eight civilian hosts (two tables), seated immediately behind the head tables; formally introduced by Master of Ceremonies
    • Multiple social media mentions on Facebook and Twitter; sponsor recognition on website
    • One printed sponsor banner provided; sponsor may provide additional banners and/or branding materials 
    • Newsletter presenting sponsor recognition 
    • Several sponsor recognitions by the Master of Ceremonies 

    RECEPTION Sponsor: $5,000 - SOLD to Denali State Bank 

    • Company logo displayed on banner, printed program and invitations
    • Company logo on projection screen sponsor slide
    • Half-page, full-color advertisement in the printed program (inside cover) **may upgrade to larger ad size
    • Four civilian hosts (one table) with premium seating
    • Opportunity to purchase up to two banquet tickets at 50% off; **additional tickets full price
    • Social media mention on Facebook and Twitter; sponsor recognition on website
    • One printed sponsor banner provided for reception area; sponsor may provide additional banners and/or branding materials to be displayed
    • Newsletter reception sponsor recognition 
    • Sponsor recognition by the Master of Ceremonies

    Decorations Sponsor: $5,000 - SOLd to Doyon Utilities 

    • Company logo displayed on banner, printed program and projection screen sponsor slide
    • Company logo recognition on each table
    • Half-page, full-color advertisement in the printed program (Quarter-page if shared sponsorship) **may upgrade to larger ad size
    • Four civilian hosts (one table) with premium seating (two civilian hosts if shared sponsorship)
    • Opportunity to purchase up to two banquet tickets at 50% off (one ticket if shared sponsorhip);  **addtional tickets full price
    • Social media mentions on Facebook and Twitter; sponsor recognition on website
    • Newsletter sponsor recognition
    • Sponsor recognition by the Master of Ceremonies

    FUll-COLOR PRINTED Program Sponsor: $3,500 - Sold to MAc Federal Credit Union

    • Company logo displayed on banner and on printed program front and back covers
    • Company logo on projection screen sponsor slide
    • Half-page, full-color advertisement in the printed program (Inside Back Page) **may upgrade to larger ad size
    • Two civilian hosts with premium seating
    • Opportunity to purchase up to two banquet tickets at 50% off; **additional tickets full price
    • Social media mentions on Facebook and Twitter; sponsor recognition on website
    • Recognition by the Master of Ceremonies

    Souvenir Photo Sponsor: $3,000 - SOLD TO ALYESKA PIPELINE SERVICE COMPANY

    • Company logo displayed on banner, printed program and projection screen sponsor slide
    • Sponsor recognition at souvenir photo booth
    • Quarter-page, full-color advertisement in the printed program **may upgrade to larger ad size
    • Two seats from sponsor’s organization with premium seating
    • Logo on every picture given out at the banquet 
    • Opportunity to purchase one banquet ticket at 50% off; **additional tickets full price
    • Social media mentions on Facebook and Twitter; sponsor recognition on website
    • Recognition by the Master of Ceremonies 

    Dessert Sponsor: $1,500 - SOLD TO NORTH HAVEN

    • Company logo displayed on banner, printed program and projection screen sponsor slide
    • Company logo recognition on each table
    • Eighth-page, full-color advertisement in the printed program **may upgrade to larger ad size
    • Opportunity to purchase up to two banquet tickets (one hosted table) at 35% off **additional tickets full price
    • Social media mentions on Facebook and Twitter; sponsor recognition on website
    • Sponsor recognition by the Master of Ceremonies

    Coin Sponsor: $1,000 - Sold to Usibelli COAL MINE

    • Company logo displayed on banner, printed program and projection screen sponsor slide
    • Eighth-page, full-color advertisement in the printed program **may upgrade to larger ad size
    • Representative from organization to present coins to military honorees
    • Social media mentions on Facebook and Twitter; sponsor recognition on website
    • Recognition by the Master of Ceremonies in the program script

    Place Card Sponsor: $700 - SOLd to corvias air force living

    • Company logo displayed on banner, printed program and projection screen sponsor slide
    • Logo on place card at each place setting
    • 20% discount on “Messages of Thanks & Appreciation” section in the printed program **see ad sizes below
    • Social media mentions on Facebook and Twitter; sponsor recognition on website

    Supporting SponsorS: $500

    • Company logo displayed on banner, printed program and projection screen sponsor slide
    • 20% discount on “Messages of Thanks & Appreciation” section in the printed program **see ad sizes below
    • Social media mentions on Facebook and Twitter; sponsor recognition on website

    Table SponsorS: $550

    • Recognition in the printed program and projection screen sponsor slide
    • Company logo recognition on table
    • 10% discount on advertising in “Messages of Thanks & Appreciation” section in the printed program   **various ad sizes available
    • Four civilian hosts from sponsor’s organization 

    MESSAGES of THANKS & APPRECIATION TO OUR MILITARY GUESTS: $250 - $1,000

    • Full-page, full-color advertisement - $800
    • Half-page, full-color advertisement - $400
    • Quarter-page, full-color advertisement - $200
    • Eighth-page, full-color advertisement - $100
      **All advertisements must be camera-ready and received by April 29, 2016. 

    In-Kind Sponsorship Opportunities Also Available.

    * One banquet ticket admits two civilian hosts and two military guests

    * The opportunity to sponsor the annual Military Appreciation Banquet is reserved for members in good standing with the Fairbanks Chamber. 

    * Sponsorship will not be official until signed sponsorship agreement is received. 

    * Prior year sponsors have first right of renewal.