ChuckStrong Tailgate Gala

Our goal remains. We want to Chuck Cancer to the Curb to honor Chuck Pagano and this partnership with the Indianapolis Colts which has generated more than $12 million for cancer research since his diagnosis. CHUCKSTRONG funding is used to help recruit new researchers, provide seed money for researchers to launch new ideas, and purchase laboratory instruments to support innovative cancer research. 

The annual CHUCKSTRONG TAILGATE GALA is set for April 21, 2023, at the Colts Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center. 

Chuck Pagano has recruited friend and fellow survivor, head coach of the Washington Commanders, Ron Rivera, to join Chuck on stage to share his inspiring cancer journey. 

Please join the CHUCKSTRONG mission by joining us a sponsor. 

When you contribute to CHUCKSTRONG, you contribute to cancer research. Discoveries made right here in Indianapolis have worldwide impact and save lives. Your donation will support more than 300 IU cancer researchers and ensure they have resources necessary to continue improving treatments for this devastating disease. 

Thank you for your consideration. For more information or to sponsor, please contact Ashleigh Wahl at awahl2@iu.edu or (716) 860-5844. 

With sincere gratitude,

Pete Ward
Chief Operating Officer, Indianapolis Colts
Chairman, IU Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center Development Board

Kelvin Lee, MD
Associate Dean of Cancer Research
Director, IU Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center

2023 Sponsorship Opportunities

Touchdown Sponsor

$25,000
  • Two tables at the Chuckstrong Tailgate Gala dinner for 20 guests with preferred
    seating VIP opportunity for all guests to attend a pre-event reception with Chuck
    Pagano and special guests
  • Invitation for all guests to attend an on-field event reception and participate
    in Chuckstrong activities VIP opportunity for one sponsor selected
    designee to charge through the “Chuckstrong Tunnel” onto the Colts
    Practice Field and be introduced to all event guests as a member
    of our “Chuckstrong Starting Lineup.” Designee will be led by Colts mascot
    Blue, accompanied by Chuck Pagano and flanked by cheerleaders. Each member of the starting lineup will receive photos of this special moment
  • Logo recognition on screens during the event Logo placement and sponsor
    designation on event website, event welcome signage, silent auction and in
    event program
  • Post-event logo recognition as a Touchdown sponsor in a half-page advertisement in the Indianapolis Business Journal

Field Goal Sponsor

$12,000
  • One table (10 seats) at the Chuckstrong Tailgate Gala dinner VIP opportunity for two guests to attend a pre-event reception with Chuck Pagano and special guests
  • Invitation for all guests to attend an on-field event reception and participate in Chuckstrong activities
  • Logo recognition on screens during event
  • Logo placement and sponsor designation on event website, event welcome signage and in event program

Extra Point Sponsor

$6,000
  • Five seats (half of one table) at the Chuckstrong Tailgate Gala dinner
  • Invitation for all guests to attend an on-field event reception and participate in Chuckstrong activities
  • Logo placement and sponsor designation on event website, event welcome signage and in event program