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We Can’t Wait to See You!

The Mitchell Institute Gala
Friday, September 20, 2024
5:30 to 9 p.m.
Brick South, Thompson’s Point
Portland, Maine

Thanks to our loyal and generous table sponsors, the 2023 Mitchell Institute Gala was a tremendous success. A record 600 sponsors and attendees raised more than $350,000 to support Mitchell Scholars, disrupt generational poverty for more Maine families, ensure that more hardworking young people in Maine have access to higher education, and provide communities statewide with a stronger and more educated workforce.

Click the photo collage below to see our multimedia coverage of Gala 2023.

As your philanthropic plans take shape this year, we encourage you to join our early sponsors and help ensure Gala 2024 is just as successful! To learn more about Gala and explore our different levels of sponsorship for Gala 2024, please visit the links below. If you have questions about the event, please contact Jared Cash, President and CEO of the Mitchell Institute, by email or phone: 207-358-7731.

In 2024, the Mitchell Institute Gala will, once again, be an annual celebration of Mitchell Scholars and the Mitchell Institute’s mission to unlock the potential of Maine students.

Since 1995, the Mitchell Institute has provided Mitchell Scholars from every public high school in Maine with vital resources to fulfill their dreams of a college education, realize their enormous potential, and develop their career paths. In addition to awarding a $10,000 scholarship to each Mitchell Scholar, we offer a broad range of supports, including mentoring, fellowship grants, and programming to develop leadership skills and encourage career exploration.

Proceeds from the Gala support these and other Mitchell Scholar programs.

The not-to-be-missed evening will feature:

  • a vibrant community reception with delicious complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres
  • a seated dinner served by Blue Elephant Catering
  • personal reflections from Mitchell Scholars
  • a raffle for a luxury vacation from Odysseys Unlimited
  • the announcement of the 2024 Pioneer Scholars
  • Mitchell Scholars seated at every table to share their experiences and build their networks

Click here to see our multimedia coverage of Gala 2023

 

Watch as Bryanna Alley, the 2020 Mitchell Scholar from South Portland High School and a recent Allied Health Sciences graduate of Plymouth State University, shares a story of loss, grit, and gratitude with Gala 2023 attendees.

Watch Senator George J. Mitchell’s remarks at Gala 2023.

Thank you for considering a Gala sponsorship. Funds raised from Gala support vital programming for Mitchell Scholars.

If you have questions about the sponsorship packages listed below and the benefits associated with each, please contact Jared Cash, President and CEO of the Mitchell Institute, or call 207-358-7731.

Lead Sponsor: $25,000

• Exclusive Scholar Speaker Sponsor
• Full-page ad on the exterior cover of the event program
• Pre-and post-event coverage
• Banner display on stage
• VIP Parking
• 2 dinner seats at a head table
• 8 dinner seats at a private table in a preferred location. Two Mitchell Scholars also will be seated with your guests.

Prime Sponsor: $15,000

• Full-page ad on the inside cover of the event program
• Banner display (banner must be provided)
• Recognition on our website and in printed literature
• VIP Parking
• 2 dinner seats at a head table
• 8 dinner seats at a private table in a preferred location. Two Mitchell Scholars also will be seated with your guests.

Leadership Sponsor: $10,000

• Full-page feature ad in program
• Recognition on website and in printed literature
• Banner display (must be provided)
• VIP Parking
• 8 dinner seats at a private table in a preferred location. Two Mitchell Scholars also will be seated at the table.

Major Sponsor: $7,500

• Full-page ad in program
• Recognition in printed literature
• Banner display (banner must be provided)
• VIP Parking
• 8 dinner seats at a private table in a central location. Two Mitchell Scholars also will be seated at the table.

Program Sponsor: $5,000

• Full-page color ad in program
• Recognition in printed literature
• VIP Parking
• 8 dinner seats at a private table in a central location. Two Mitchell Scholars also will be seated at the table.

Table Sponsor: $3,000

• Recognition in printed literature
• 8 dinner seats at a table. Two Mitchell Scholars also will be seated at the table.

Program Advertisements

• $500 for a full-page color program ad or $250 for a half-page color program ad. Ads are due August 20, 2024. 

Lead Sponsor:


Prime Sponsors:

Barbara Atkins


Leadership Sponsors:


Major Sponsors:

Chuck de Sieyes and Carol Ward
Ginny Swain


Program Sponsors:

Bruce and Becky Epstein
George and Heather Mitchell
Chris and Nancy Pierce
Maine Medical Center and MaineHealth


Table Sponsors:

Kennebec Savings Bank
L.L.Bean
R.M. Davis
The John T. Gorman Foundation
The Kilroy Family
Lockton
MEMIC
Bill and Vicki Mitchell
Margie McHenry Bride
Pine State Trading Co.
University of New England
Uprise Partners

Lead Sponsor:


Prime Sponsors:

Barbara Atkins


Leadership Sponsors:


Major Sponsor:


Program Sponsors:

Bruce and Becky Epstein
Family of Buzz Fitzgerald
The Judith Glickman Lauder Foundations
George and Heather Mitchell
Chris and Nancy Pierce


Table Sponsors:

BerryDunn
Bernstein Shur
Bowdoin College
Marjorie McHenry Bride
Consigli Construction
Dead River Company
Chuck de Sieyes and Carol Ward
Mike and Denise Dubyak
Fluid Imaging Technologies
Gorham Savings Bank
John T. Gorman Foundation
Hannaford
Nathan Kinney ’08
L.L.Bean
Lockton
Maine Medical Center and MaineHealth
Martin’s Point Health Care
MELMAC
MEMIC
Mitchell Family
Pine State Trading
Preti Flaherty
ProSearch
Trish Riley in honor of the University of Maine System
R.M. Davis
The Roux Institute
Ginny Swain
Turner Construction
University of Maine
University of New England
Uprise Partners
Tim and Liz Williams
Wipfli

Watch Emily Birdsall explain why meeting with donors at Gala is important to Mitchell Scholars.


We very much look forward to seeing you at Gala 2024. Your generosity continues to fuel our plan to expand the number of Mitchell Scholarships awarded to 200 each year and increase the critical wraparound supports needed to ensure the additional Scholars’ success. Thank you for continuing to make Mitchell Scholars and our mission a philanthropic priority.