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Sponsorship: the financial core of the Corn Boil
Local businesses, organizations, individuals support event through donations
by Hope Zegiel
Sugar Grove—The Corn Boil Committee strives to make sure that all of the festivities at the annual event are at the lowest cost possible. Sponsors help offset those costs to ensure that prices stay low so everyone can take part in the festival.
There are 10 different types of sponsors recognized throughout the Corn Boil.
The first category is labeled Rock’n Pop’n SoundStage Sponsor. This is for sponsors who donate $3,000 overall, or $1,600 per day.
Benefits for the sponsorship include placing their the name or logo in print ads, on the sound stage banner, and having their name announced throughout the day at the event. In addition, they receive a complimentary business booth and access to a VIP tent that includes meals and other treats, as well as a great view of the stage.
WSPY Nelson Multimedia will be sponsoring at this level.
The second highest category is Korny KidZone Sponsor. The sponsor must donate $2,500 to be put into this category. Mediacom is involved at this level.
Their benefits are similar to being a Rock’n Pop’n SoundStage Sponsor. However, their name or logo will be on the Kid Zone banner rather than the soundstage banner.
Platinum Corn Stalk and Golden Sweetness come third and fourth down on the list, and require donations of between $1,500 and $2,000.
Platinum Corn Stalks include the Daily Herald Media, Hinds Trucking, J&S Construction, John Shields Elementary School, Kane County Chronicle, Metrolift, Inc., village of Sugar Grove, Provena Mercy Medical Center, Waste Management, Inc., Sugar Grove Police Department, Sugar Grove Fire Protection District, and Genoa Pizza & Genoa Italian Concessions.
Supporting the Corn Boil at the Golden Sweetness level this year are the Elburn Herald, SignFX, Sugar Grove Park District, Volkman Insurance Agency,Inc., Harris Golf Cars and Blue Peak Tents.
Benefits for the sponsor are the same as the Rock’n Pop’n SoundStage Sponsors.
The Silver Boiling Pot sponsors support the event with a $1,000 donation and receive their name on print ads, their name or logo on the SoundStage banner, names announced throughout the day, website visibility with a link to their site and access to the VIP tent.
Healy Chapel, Schmitt McDonald’s, Castle Bank and Waubonsee Community College have sponsored the Corn Boil at this level.
When donating $500, about 300 Corn Boil T-shirts will have the name or logo of the sponsor on them.
Sponsors such as Old Second National Bank, Producers Chemicals Co., Mediacom, Advanced Realty Consultants and Genoa Pizza & Genoa Italian Concessions will be on the T-shirts this year.
Corn Boil Kernel and the Harvester Shuttle are are for sponsors who donate $300 to $499, or $250 to $299, respectively.
Their benefits include: their name or logo on the SoundStage Banner and their name or logo on the Corn Boil website.
Participants include Hollywood Casino, Jewel Osco, KB Sales, Inc., Microtax, Sugar Grove Animal Hospital, Cordogan Clark & Associates and 1800Baskets.com.
The Corn Shucker is named for sponsors who donate up to $250 to the festival. They will have their name printed on the Corn Boil website.
Those are Donald J. Fee, D.D.S., Ltd, Flow Technics, St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church and Pepsi Beverages.
And, of course, the Corn Boil committee will always accept donations of any size, and for those who contribute what they can, they fall under the category Korny Kindness. The website states that all “In-kind donations are always welcome. The sponsor will receive a sponsor benefit equal to the declared value of the donation.”
So, anytime you wonder how the committee can afford to put on the event, which features so many free activities and entertainment opportunities for festival-goers, know that these are the companies, organizations and individuals who support the Corn Boil financially. To become one of them for this year or in the future, visit sugargrovecornboil.org.