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Team Jack Gala Presented by Fat Brain Toys

February 24, 2024

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This event is SOLD OUT! For inquiries call 402-925-2120. You can still participate in the live and silent auction without attending! The event will also live stream on our YouTube Channel! Just click the button below!

The 9th Annual Team Jack Gala presented Fat Brain Toys will be held on Saturday, February 26, 2022, at the Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel. The event will feature, NFL Football Analyst and former NFL quarterback, Boomer Esiason as the keynote speaker. Many families affected by childhood brain cancer will be in attendance as well as several special guests for this special evening. The Gala will begin with a social hour, private VIP hour, and continue with dinner and inspiring programming as well as silent and live auctions. Proceeds from the event will fund childhood brain cancer research.

Event Details

What: The 9th Annual Team Jack Gala
Date: Saturday, February 26, 2022, at 5PM Central Time
Location: Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel  | The Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel for $109.00 per night
Book your group rate for Team Jack Foundation Gala 2022 
Last Day to Book: Friday, February 18, 2022

All proceeds from the event will benefit pediatric brain cancer research.

About Our Keynote, Boomer Esiason

We are thrilled to announce the NFL Analyst and former NFL quarterback, Boomer Esiason, will be our keynote speaker! Mr. Esiason is also the founder of the Boomer Esiason Foundation funding research for cystic fibrosis, the disease that affects his son, Gunnar. Read Boomer’s full bio from the Boomer Esiason Foundation website below:

Former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason is the most visible national figure in the fight against cystic fibrosis, a life-threatening, genetic disease that affects the lungs and digestive systems of 30,000 children and adults in the United States.

Throughout his career in professional sports and the media, Esiason has been a committed and active participant in many charitable causes, but he began focusing on cystic fibrosis in 1993 when his son, Gunnar, was diagnosed with the disease.

In 1994, Esiason launched the Boomer Esiason Foundation, a dynamic partnership of leaders in the medical and business communities joining with a committed core of volunteers to heighten awareness, education and quality of life for those affected by cystic fibrosis, while providing financial support to research aimed at finding a cure. Since its inception, the Boomer Esiason Foundation has raised more than $115 million to support research toward a cure for CF, as well as programs directly benefiting the CF community.

As the median age of survival for CF patients has increased to more than 37, and many are living well into their adult years, Esiason has turned his focus to bridging the gap between pediatric and adult CF care. The Boomer Esiason Foundation has led the charge to create state-of-the-art facilities for those adults afflicted with the disease. This effort began when the Foundation granted Columbia University Medical Center $6 million to establish the Gunnar Esiason Adult Cystic Fibrosis and Lung Program — a top adult CF care center that opened doors in 2009. Esiason and his Foundation have also instituted several educational, awareness and compliance programs aimed at the adult CF population.

Esiason continues to attack the disease head-on and helps bring CF to the forefront of policy discussions throughout the country. He has traveled to Capitol Hill on multiple occasions and to various states to speak on behalf of the CF community.

After an All-America career at the University of Maryland, Esiason enjoyed a 14-year career in the NFL as a quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals, New York Jets and Arizona Cardinals. He became a four-time Pro Bowl quarterback and one of the most successful quarterbacks in NFL history, including being named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player in 1988. Esiason ended his career with 2,969 completions in 5,205 pass attempts (57 percent completion percentage) for 247 touchdowns and 37,920 yards.

In 1995, the NFL honored Esiason with the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award in recognition of his excellence on the football field as well as his charitable work through the Boomer Esiason Foundation and other organizations.

Upon retiring from the NFL after the 1997 season, Esiason headed straight for the broadcast booth. He made his debut as a commentator for ABC’s NFL “Monday Night Football” and called “MNF” games for two years. For nearly a decade, he has called games for Westwood One/CBS Radio Sports’ “Monday Night Football” broadcasts with Marv Albert, Howard David, Dave Sims and Kevin Harlan. Esiason joined CBS Sports in 2002 as a studio analyst for “The NFL Today,” the CBS television network’s NFL pregame show. In 2007, he debuted as host of WFAN’s national weekday morning radio show, “Boomer and Carton in the Morning.” He also hosted “The Boomer Esiason Show” on Madison Square Garden Network. He is currently co-host of the “Boomer and Gio in the Morning” radio show.

Sponsorship Opportunities

A wide variety of Team Jack Gala sponsorship levels exist have been created to provide the opportunity for everyone to get involved! We have high-level, exclusive sponsorship levels as well as a number of unlimited levels as well. 

To view our exclusive sponsorship packet, click here. For information about unlimited sponsorships, click here.

Live & Silent Auctions

Over 150 items will be up for bid on our live and silent auctions. Both auctions will be open to guests in attendance as well as off-site bidders. Check back for our auction links! We will update them here once the auctions are live!

Please note: for items won by off-site bidders, the buyer assumes all shipping costs. Sales tax will be applied in accordance with Nebraska state law.

Recap of 2021 Gala

The 8th Annual Team Jack Foundation Gala presented by Fat Brain Toys was a fantastic virtual event raising $482,000 for childhood brain cancer research!  Click here for the 2021 Recap.

Title Sponsor


Spotlight Story Sponsor


Auction Sponsor

Westerkamp Family

VIP Room Sponsor

Westerkamp Family

Team Jack Families Sponsor

Championship Level Sponsors

Victory Level Sponsors

Teammate Sponsors

AgLand Electric Motor Services  |  Huffy’s Airport Windsocks | Child Health Research Institute | Office of The Chancellor  Edward Jones |Mike & Jacky Hoffman Family | Gary & Karen Hoffman  |  Children’s Hospital & Medical Center  |  Scribner Grain  |  FuturesOne  |  Westfield Small Animal Clinic  |  Nebraska Athletics  |  Firespring  |  Fusion Medical StaffingHDR, Inc.  |  Adalan Private Wealth | Galyen Auto Sales | INSPRO, Inc.


February 24, 2024


Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel.