Backyard BBQ



2015-08-14-18-23-24.jpg2018 Air Warfare Symposium Backyard BBQ

New at the 2018 Air Warfare Symposium, AFA will be hosting a “Backyard BBQ” poolside at the Rosen Shingle Creek on Thursday February 22nd from 6:00pm – 7:45pm (subject to change). Both exhibitors and attendees alike have been asking for a more relaxed event where they can network and mingle in a lively setting, and we listened! This fun and casual networking event will replace the Air Force Gala Reception and Dinner. At this ticketed event, sponsors will have the opportunity to provide active duty military members with tickets to the BBQ through a process similar to the Gala with its ticket “turn-back” process. We have several sponsorship packages to choose from to make this event accessible to as many AWS attendees, sponsors and exhibitors as possible. All Backyard BBQ sponsors will be acknowledged in the program guide, and on BBQ event signage.

 

Premier Sponsor - $25,000 (1 available) The Premier Sponsor with be provided with a large designated area by the pool to host the main food station. This area will have the only grill action station, as well as various side dishes. It will also feature two full bars providing beer, wine, cocktails, and a custom drink option (if desired). Sponsor may brand this area and provide logoed items such as cups, napkins, cutlery, glassware, beer cozies, etc. This sponsorship also includes 30 tickets for your company and an additional 20 tickets that will go into the AFA allotment for military members to attend the BBQ. If possible, the hosting sponsor’s logo will be printed alongside AFA’s logo on all tickets. 

 

Entertainment Sponsor – Call for Pricing (1 available) AFA will work with the sponsor to customize an entertainment package to best meet their needs and budget. Options include DJ or live band all tailored to the sponsor’s musical interest. Sponsor may brand the staging area. Lighting may also be an option depending on your entertainment selection needs. Sponsorship also includes tickets for your company and tickets that will go into the AFA allotment for military members to attend the BBQ. Ticket quantities will be determined based on customized package pricing.



Next Door Neighbor Sponsor - $15,000 (2 available) The Next Door Neighbor Sponsors with be provided with a designated area by the pool to host neighboring food stations as well as a bar servicing beer, wine, and cocktails. Sponsor may brand their areas and provide logoed items such as cups, napkins, cutlery, glassware, beer cozies, etc. Sponsorship also includes 20 tickets for your company and an additional 15 tickets that will go into the AFA allotment for military members to attend the BBQ.


 


Dessert and Coffee Sponsor - $10,000
(1 available) The Dessert and Coffee Sponsor with be provide with a designated area by the pool to host a station where guests can enjoy desserts along with coffee and teas. Sponsor may brand this area and provide logoed items such as cups, coffee cup selves, napkins, cutlery, glassware, coffee mugs, etc. Sponsorship also includes 12 tickets for your company and an additional 10 tickets that will go into the AFA allotment for military members to attend the BBQ.

 

Libation Station Sponsor – $7,500 (1 available) The Libation Sponsor will be provided with a designated area by the pool to host a full bar serving guests beer, wine, and cocktails. Sponsor may brand their areas and provide logoed items such as cups, napkins, cutlery, glassware, beer cozies, etc. Sponsorship also includes 10 tickets for your company and an additional 10 tickets that will go into the AFA allotment for military members to attend the BBQ. 



Group Ticket Package - $3,000 (multiple available and can be purchased via the registration portal) Similar to the Gala tables, this ticket package will provide 10 tickets for your company and an additional 7 tickets that will go into the AFA allotment for military members to attend the BBQ. Companies purchasing group ticket packages will be recognized as a Backyard BBQ event sponsor.

 
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For more information about exhibitor sponsorships and Backyard BBQ sponsorship opportunities, please contact Barb Taylor at 703-247-5838 or btaylor@afa.org.

For information on our Corporate Membership Programs or other sponsorship opportunities, please contact Fred Ullman, Director of Corporate Relations at 703-247-5842 or FUllman@afa.org