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Spirit Awards

The Iowa Safe Schools Spirit Awards is our annual celebration dedicated to recognizing the successes of our LGBTQ community, friends, and allies. This year marks the 15th anniversary of Iowa Safe Schools providing safe and nurturing educational environments and communities for LGBTQ youth and allies. Iowa Safe Schools is proud present 5 awards at the 2017 Spirit Awards: The Lee Stafford & Jarad Ellars Advocate of the Year, 2017 GSA of the Year, 2017 Outstanding Media Coverage, 2017 Educator of the Year, and the 2017 Partner in Progress.

The goals of the Spirit Awards are two fold: 1. Increase issue awareness on disproportionately effected LGBTQ & allied youth 2. Build/improve the status of GSAs (Gay-Straight Alliances) across Iowa. These clubs are vital resources for students and serve as effective vehicles for empowering students to create safe spaces in Iowa schools through youth activism and community support. GSAs are equally if not more important for students across Iowa as athletics or other student groups.

 

Register for the 2017 Spirit Awards Here!

The Iowa Safe Schools Spirit Awards event was designed to celebrate the success of the LGBTQ community, friends, and allies. The Spirit Awards is not only a celebration of successes, but it also serves as a vehicle for uplifting and empowering people to take action on key issues facing our schools, communities, and country. With so much uncertainty surrounding our political landscape, bringing our communities together each year to recognize the progress we’ve made and the battles we fought, demonstrates our capacity to ensure no one is subjected to discrimination and bullies will never win.

2017 Iowa Safe Schools Spirit Awards Keynote Speaker

2017 Iowa Safe Schools Spirit Awards Recipients

Lee Stafford & Jarad Ellars Advocate of the Year- Plymouth Congregational Church

2017 Partner In Progress- Rockwell Collins

2017 Outstanding Media Coverage- Courtney Crowder- the Des Moines Register

2017 Educator of the Year- Sandy Barker DC-G High School

—Educator of the Year Runner Up: Kent Martin Sioux City West, Kerri Barnhouse Iowa City West, Cassie Gerst Burlington High School

2017 GSA of the Year- Linn-Mar High School

—GSA of the Year Runner Up: Ames High School, Lincoln High School, Eagle Grove High School

2017 Spirit Awards Sponsor Levels

Table Sponsorship Levels

Premiere Sponsor – $10,000

  • Corporate logo/name featured on promotional announcements & materials
  • 2 VIP tables for the 2017 Spirit Awards
  • VIP meet & greet for 8 guests with Featured Keynote BD Wong
  • Corporate logo/name in event program
  • VIP gift bags for 8
  • Recognition as Premiere Sponsor on all event materials

Preferred Sponsor – $5,000

  • Corporate logo/name featured on promotional materials, event program
  • Preferred table (8 guests) at the 2017 Spirit Awards
  • VIP meet & greet for 4 guests with Featured Keynote- BD Wong
  • VIP gift bags for 8 guests
  • Recognition as Preferred Sponsor on all event materials

Choice Sponsor – $2,500

  • Choice table (8 guests) at the 2017 Spirit Awards
  • VIP gift bags for 8 guests
  • Corporate logo/name on promotional materials, event program
  • Recognition as Choice Sponsor on all event materials

Allied Sponsor – $1,000

  • Table for 8 guests at the 2017 Spirit Awards
  • Recognition as Allied Sponsor in event program

 

Individual Sponsorship Levels:

VIP Individual Sponsor – $500

  • 2 front & center seats for the 2017 Spirit Awards
  • VIP meet & greet with BD Wong
  • VIP gift bags for 2
  • Recognition as VIP Individual Sponsor on all event materials

Preferred Individual Sponsor – $300

  • 2 preferred seats at the 2017 Spirit Award
  • VIP gift bags for 2
  • Recognition as Premium Individual Sponsor on all event materials

Choice Individual Sponsor – $150

  • 2 choice seats at the 2017 Spirit Awards
  • Recognition as Choice Individual Sponsor on all event materials