We’ve reached our goal! How much further can we go together?!

600000
600000
Over $800,000 so far, and counting!

Thank you to our Sponsors!

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PRESENTING SPONSOR

Wynn Family Charitable Foundation

The Gala

Changing the trajectory of Israeli society

This year, Ben-Gurion University Canada (BGU Canada) is embarking on an unprecedented fundraising journey, “The Future is Now Gala”, featuring the legendary Hollywood star, Michael J. Fox. This gala presents an extraordinary opportunity for individuals and sponsors alike to participate with BGU Canada and change the Israeli healthcare landscape forever.

BGU Canada has a vital role to play in showcasing Ben-Gurion University’s academic excellence and cutting-edge research to the Canadian public. If the world is ever going to see breakthroughs in alternative energy, water purification and management, nanotechnologies, community medicine and global health, then BGU is the place to invest in and support. A unique oasis of innovation, BGU is not only changing Israeli society, but is also collaborating with the Negev’s diverse communities, its Arab neighbours and developing nations to improve the world.

Through your sponsorship, you will impact Ben-Gurion University, the Negev region, and Israel. You will also leave a mark on every future medical professional with the potential to save millions of lives and improve global healthcare forever. The future is now; be a part of it!

The Cause

Medical Simulation Building

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev’s (BGU) new four-story state-of-the-art Medical Simulation Building solidifies BGU’s position as a world leader in simulation-based medical education. The use of mannequins and virtual reality technology (VR) allows BGU’s medical, nursing, and paramedic students to encounter life-like scenarios and develop their clinical skills without endangering patients. Each simulation room will include specialized medical equipment and devices, allowing students to familiarize themselves with the equipment and become proficient in techniques and procedures (including advanced life-support procedures), before performing them on patients. Domestic and international BGU students will have full access to the classrooms, equipment and technology available at the Medical Simulation Building throughout their studies at the university. The advantage of this type of innovative educational experience is that BGU will graduate the best medical professionals, who will in turn practice medicine across Israel, North America and around the world, improving the lives of global communities in years to come.

Through your sponsorship of “The Future is Now Gala”, you will impact Ben-Gurion University, the Negev region, and Israel. You will also leave a mark on every future medical professional with the potential to save millions of lives and improve global healthcare forever.

The future is now; be a part of it!
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Guest Speakers

Michael J. Fox

Canadian born Michael J. Fox began his illustrious acting career at the age of 15. He shot to fame when he landed the role of lovable conservative Alex P. Keaton on NBC’s enormously popular sitcom “Family Ties” (1982-1989) for which he earned three Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe. His star continued to rise as Fox appeared in over a dozen leading roles throughout the 80’s and 90’s, most notably as Marty McFly in the famous “Back to the Future” trilogy.

Fox was diagnosed with young-onset Parkinson’s disease in 1991. He launched “The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research” in 2000. He is the recipient of several lifetime achievement awards for accomplishments in acting, including the 2011 Hoerzu Magazine Golden Camera Award and the 2010 National Association of Broadcasters Distinguished Service Award.

Professor Daniel Chamovitz

Professor Daniel A. Chamovitz Ph.D. was elected President of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in August, 2018. Professor Chamovitz is a native of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania. He studied at both Columbia University in New York City and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he obtained a PhD in genetics. Professor Chamovitz is an internationally recognized research scientist promoting plant sciences and their contribution to feeding the growing world population.

“For the past 50 years we have been learning how to thrive in the desert. It is clear to everyone that the field of sustainability and climate change is what sets Ben-Gurion University apart from every other university in Israel.”

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sold Out

$100,000
Exclusive Presenting Sponsor

Purchases one ambulance simulator and a mechanical compression device

KEY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Personal remarks from the stage and official introduction of Michael J. Fox
  • Exclusive VIP photo opportunity with Michael J. Fox after the gala
  • Promotion of your company name/logo for one year as Presenting Sponsor for BGU Canada national events
  • Recognition and inscription on both the Founder’s and Negev Society Eshkol Walls at BGU
  • Name recognition in event title and all affiliated marketing/communications

Hospitality:

  • 12 complimentary tickets to the gala
  • Access to the cocktail dinner pre-reception for you and all your guests
  • A signed copy of Michael J. Fox’s NEW book, ‘No Time Like the Future’
  • Prime platinum section seating
  • Dessert reception
  • A special antiquity gift from the Negev Desert

Day of event profile:

  • A thank-you from the gala stage as an Exclusive Presenting Sponsor
  • Your company logo/name promoted on all signage and banners
  • Your company logo/name promoted on the digital slide show

Brand recognition:

  • Ben-Gurion University Canada’s website, print advertising, digital and social media
  • Exclusive Presenting Sponsor prominent placement in all e-blasts
  • A full-page ad in the gala program book
  • A post-event thank-you e-blast
  • A special thank-you plaque with your sponsorship level

Sold Out

$75,000
VIP Pre-Reception Sponsor

Purchases an advance birth mannequin which includes real life birth simulation

KEY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The opportunity to address the audience at the cocktail dinner pre-reception
  • Exclusive VIP photo opportunity with Michael J. Fox after the gala
  • Recognition and inscription on the Founder’s Wall at BGU

Hospitality:

  • 10 complimentary tickets to the gala
  • Access to the cocktail dinner pre-reception for you and all your guests
  • A signed copy of Michael J. Fox’s NEW book, ‘No Time Like the Future’
  • Prime platinum section seating
  • Dessert reception
  • A special antiquity gift from the Negev Desert

Day of event profile:

  • Your company logo/name promoted on all signage in the pre-reception hall
  • A thank-you from the gala stage as a VIP Pre-Reception Sponsor
  • Your company logo/name promoted on all signage and banners
  • Your company logo/name promoted on the digital slide show

Brand recognition:

  • Ben-Gurion University Canada’s website, digital and social media
  • A full-page ad in the gala program book
  • A post-event thank-you e-blast
  • A special thank-you plaque with your sponsorship level

$54,000
Entertainment Sponsor

Purchases a complete training station which includes a bed, mannequin and medical monitors

KEY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Exclusive VIP photo opportunity with Michael J. Fox after the gala
  • Recognition and inscription on the Founder’s Wall at BGU

Hospitality:

  • 8 complimentary tickets to the gala
  • Access to the cocktail dinner pre-reception for you and all your guests
  • A signed copy of Michael J. Fox’s NEW book, ‘No Time Like the Future’
  • Prime platinum section seating
  • Dessert reception
  • A special antiquity gift from the Negev Desert

Day of event profile:

  • A thank-you from the gala stage as the Entertainment Sponsor
  • Your company logo/name promoted on all signage and banners
  • Your company logo/name promoted on the digital slide show

Brand recognition:

  • Ben-Gurion University Canada’s website and digital media
  • A full-page ad in the gala program book
  • A post-event thank-you e-blast
  • A special thank-you plaque with your sponsorship level

$36,000
Negev Sponsor

Purchases an advanced nursing mannequin

Hospitality:

  • Exclusive VIP photo opportunity with Michael J. Fox after the gala
  • 7 complimentary tickets to the gala
  • Access to the cocktail dinner pre-reception for you and all your guests
  • A signed copy of Michael J. Fox’s NEW book, ‘No Time Like the Future’
  • Platinum section seating
  • Dessert reception
  • A special antiquity gift from the Negev Desert

Day of event profile:

  • A thank-you from the gala stage as a Negev Sponsor
  • Your company logo/name promoted on all signage and banners
  • Your company logo/name promoted on the digital slide show

Brand recognition:

  • Ben-Gurion University Canada’s website and digital media
  • A three-quarter page ad in the gala program book
  • A post-event thank-you e-blast
  • A special thank-you plaque with your sponsorship level

$20,000
Be’er Sheva Sponsor

Purchases an adult/pediatric mannequin

Hospitality:

  • Exclusive VIP photo opportunity with Michael J. Fox after the gala
  • 6 complimentary tickets to the gala
  • Access to the cocktail dinner pre-reception for you and all your guests
  • A copy of Michael J. Fox’s NEW book, ‘No Time Like the Future’
  • Gold section seating
  • Dessert reception
  • A special antiquity gift from the Negev Desert

Day of event profile:

  • Your company logo/name promoted on signage and banners
  • Your company logo/name promoted on the digital slide show

Brand recognition:

  • Ben-Gurion University Canada’s website and digital media
  • A half-page ad in the gala program book
  • A post-event thank-you e-blast
  • A special thank-you plaque with your sponsorship level

$10,000
Ben-Gurion Sponsor

Purchases an ambulance bed + chair

Hospitality:

  • Exclusive VIP photo opportunity with Michael J. Fox after the gala
  • 5 complimentary tickets to the gala
  • Access to the cocktail dinner pre-reception for you and all your guests
  • A copy of Michael J. Fox’s NEW book, ‘No Time Like the Future’
  • Gold section seating
  • Dessert reception
  • A special antiquity gift from the Negev Desert

Day of event profile:

  • Your company logo/name promoted on signage and banners
  • Your company logo/name promoted on the digital slide show

Brand recognition:

  • Ben-Gurion University Canada’s website and digital media
  • A one-third page ad in the gala program book
  • A post-event thank-you e-blast
  • A special thank-you plaque with your sponsorship level

The Innovator’s Circle

Be a sponsor at the Eilat level ($5,000), the Sde Boker level ($3,600) or the Mitzpe Ramon level ($1,800) and become part of the Innovator’s Circle. As a member of the Innovator’s Circle, the combined power of your collective gifts will drive greater impact supporting the Medical Simulation Building, strengthening the knowledge and expertise of medical professionals and impacting the future of healthcare in Israel, North America and around the world.

Member of the Innovator’s Circle

$5,000 Level Eilat Sponsor

Hospitality:

  • 4 complimentary tickets to the gala
  • Access to the cocktail dinner pre-reception for you and all your guests
  • Silver section seating
  • Dessert reception

Day of event profile:

  • Your company logo/name promoted on Innovator’s Circle signage
  • Your company logo/name promoted on the digital slide show

Brand recognition:

  • Ben-Gurion University Canada’s website
  • A quarter page ad in the gala program book
  • A post-event thank-you e-blast

Member of the Innovator’s Circle

$3,600 Level Sde Boker Sponsor

Hospitality:

  • 3 complimentary tickets to the gala
  • Access to the cocktail dinner pre-reception for you and all your guests
  • Silver section seating
  • Dessert reception

Day of event profile:

  • Your company logo/name promoted on Innovator’s Circle signage
  • Your company logo/name promoted on the digital slide show

Brand recognition:

  • Ben-Gurion University Canada’s website
  • Your company logo/name in the gala program book
  • A post-event thank-you e-blast

Member of the Innovator’s Circle

$1,800 Level Mitzpe Ramon Sponsor

Hospitality:

  • 2 complimentary tickets to the gala
  • Access to the cocktail dinner pre-reception for you and your guest
  • Silver section seating
  • Dessert reception

Day of event profile:

  • Your company/name promoted on Innovator’s Circle signage
  • Your company/name promoted on the digital slide show

Brand recognition:

  • Ben-Gurion University Canada’s website
  • Your company/name in the gala program book
  • A post-event thank-you e-blast

Committee

“The Future is Now Gala” Fundraising Committee

Co-Chairs
Naomi Oelbaum
Mitchell Oelbaum
Eric Beutel
David Dulberg

Committee

Corrine Broder
Gary Fine
Tamara Fine
Ronda Goldberg
Elliot Kohn
Susan Rose
John Rose
Ralph Shepherd
Michael Spigelman

 BEN-GURION UNIVERSITY CANADA

Eric Beutel, President, Toronto

Mitchell Oelbaum, National President

Mark Mendelson, CEO

Galit Solomon, National Director, Communications & Marketing

Shimmy Wenner, Executive Director, Toronto and Atlantic Provinces

Alysse Mathalon, Project Manager

Contact

We look forward to welcoming you at our gala!

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities please contact:

SHIMMY WENNER, Executive Director, Toronto and Atlantic Provinces
Ben-Gurion University CANADA
Phone: 416-665-8054 ext 22
Email: shimmywenner@bengurion.ca