Thank you for hosting a table!
Thank you for your willingness to serve as a Table Host for the second annual EDTalks on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm. Your participation is key to the success of this event and our ability to help improve the quality of education for all students in Duval County. We expect to inspire and energize those who attend as Tony Wagner, our featured speaker, will challenge how we think about education and what our community needs it to be in the 21st century.
The purpose of EDTalks is to raise funds, introduce new people to the work of the Jacksonville Public Education Fund and the issues we face in public education, and bring education thought leaders to Jacksonville to learn from their expertise. Please keep these objectives in mind as you consider whom to invite. There will be an opportunity to provide financial support at the event.
By hosting a table, you are assisting to underwrite the cost of the event so that all of the gifts that pledged or given at the luncheon go directly to fund the work of JPEF. As a table host, you will receive nine luncheon tickets for you and your guests. You will also host a traditional or charter school principal at your table as well. The benefits of each sponsorship level are listed below.
As a table host, we ask the following commitments from you:
- Sponsor a table for $1,000, $2,500, or $5,000
- Invite eight people to attend who have a passion for and interest in supporting education
- Attend the event and welcome your guests
- Enthusiastically support the work of JPEF before, during, and after the event
Included with this packet are electronic invitations to send to your invited guests. Please ask your guests to complete the online registration form at https://www.jaxpef.org/edtalks-registration so that we can prepare for them. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Kristal Hance at firstname.lastname@example.org or 904.356.7757.
Again, thank you so much for helping to make EDTalks a success. JPEF is committed to bringing the public back to public education, and this event is an important component of achieving that goal.
EDTalks Table Host Tips
1) Invite more than eight people.
In order to fill the nine seats at your table (a DCPS or public charter principal will be seated with you), you will most likely need to invite 12 - 15 people to ensure your table is filled. This
packet includes a digital invitation you can email to potential guests; phone correspondence is also beneficial.
2) Invite guests who will resonate with JPEF’s work.
As you think about who to invite, remember that this is a fundraiser and our goal is not only to raise money but to build a network of community members who passionately support
improving public education. While your guests will not be purchasing a ticket since you are hosting them, there will be a request for donations during the program. There is no minimum donation, but we encourage you to consider inviting your philanthropic friends who can help us make significant steps forward. We see this event as an opportunity to celebrate with those already know the work
of the Jacksonville Public Education Fund as well as a chance to introduce new people to our work and the current issues in education.
3) Remember that all of this hard work makes a difference.
When the Jacksonville Public Education Fund started, the graduation rate was just over 50%. Today, over 80% of our students receive their high school diploma. However, it’s not enough. We cannot stop until every child in Duval County receives a high quality education. This is the difference in whether a child grows up to go to prison or to run a board meeting. We need your help to make this impact.
4) Keep these important dates in mind.
- ASAP: Let your guests know the date of the event so they can mark their calendars. Follow up with a phone call or email to see if they are able to attend with you.
- August 23: Guest names are due (please send the names and emails of confirmed guests earlier if you have them). Email them to Kristal Hance at email@example.com.
- September 3-13: Reconfirm with all guests
- September 18: EDTalks featuring Tony Wagner at the Omni Hotel
For your convenience, we offer a downloadable guest worksheet that you can print at home and use to track your invitees.
Gold Sponsor - $5,000
On-stage recognition by emcee at event; sponsorship recognition in program book; luncheon tickets for nine guests with premiere seating , seated with traditional or charter public school principal; nine copies of Tony Wagner’s book to be autographed with priority signing access; premiere listing in event program; table and A/V signage recognition, and sponsorship of two tables at the EDDY Awards, our Teacher of the Year celebration on January 17, 2020, which provides tickets for 10 teachers and their guests
Silver Sponsor - $2,500
Sponsorship recognition in program book; luncheon tickets for nine guests with priority seating , seated with traditional or charter public school principal; two copies of Tony Wagner’s book to be autographed; priority listing in event program; table and A/V signage recognition, and sponsorship of one table at the EDDY Awards, our Teacher of the Year celebration on January 17, 2020, which provides tickets for five teachers and their guests
Table Sponsor - $1,000
Sponsorship recognition in program book; luncheon tickets for nine guests , seated with traditional or charter public school principal