Funding the Cure for Childhood Brain Cancer


7th Annual Team Jack Gala

The 7th Annual Team Jack Foundation Gala is scheduled for Saturday, February 22, 2020! The 2020 event will be held at The Cornhusker Hotel in downtown Lincoln, Nebraska with all proceeds benefiting pediatric brain cancer research. This inspirational evening held each February has raised over $2.3 million for research to date. We are grateful for the continued support of our presenting sponsor, Fat Brain Toys. Amy Robach, ABC news anchor and cancer thriver, is the keynote speaker for the event!


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Not attending the 7th Annual Team Jack Gala presented by Fat Brain Toys? You can help us raise funds for pediatric brain cancer research by bidding on our Live and Silent Auctions! Click below to view and bid on the auctions. Please note: items that require shipping are at the buyers expense and 7.25% sales tax applies to sale price of all items.





Interested in becoming a sponsor for the 2020 Team Jack Gala? We have plenty of opporutinites available to meet your desired level and marketing needs. Contact us at, 402-925-2120 or click the button below to commit online. 

Become a Sponsor

Thank you to our 2020 sponsors! 

Presenting Sponsor: 

Spotlight Story Sponsor:

MVP Sponsor:

Silent Auction Sponsor:


VIP Reception Sponsor:


Team Jack Family Sponsor:

Teammate of the Year Sponsor:

Championship Level Sponsor:

Victory Level Sponsors:

Teammate Table Sponsors:

 Circle BK Farms  |  Ameritas  |  Gary & Karen Hoffman  |  Robert & Sandy Park  |  UNL Life Skills  |  RSM US LLP
Monica Waggoner Family  |  UNL Office of the Chancellor  |  The Cornhusker Hotel  |  Husker Rehab
Nebraska Farmers Land & Title  |  Children's Hospital & Medical Center  |  Olson Family   |  Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska
Galyen Auto Sales & Galyen Petroleum  |  Tom Galyen Family  |  University of Nebraska Athletics  |  Nebraska Link
St. Anthony Foundation  |  FuturesOne  |  Firespring  |  Alpha Wealth Advisors  |  Charter Title Escrow

Entertainment Sponsor:

Dietze Music

Unlock a Cure Jewelry Sponsor:

Food & Beverage Sponsors:

In-Kind Donors ($1,000+):




General Event Details

$2,850 Per Table | $750 VIP Each | Individual Tickets-Call 402.925.2120

  • Location | The Cornhusker Hotel |  333 S 13th Street  |  Lincoln, NE

  • Parking | Valet Available & Garage Parking

  • 5:00pm Social Hour | 6:30 Dinner & Inspiring Program

  • Cocktail Attire

  • Hotel Accomodations | Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel | Book Online Here or Call 402.474.7474 & Mention 'Team Jack Gala'

Inquire About Sponsorships/Tickets              View Sponsorship Packet


Sponsor a Child  |  $250

Each year at the Team Jack Gala, approximately 50 children affected by brain cancer are honored, many of whom are in attendance.This moment in the programming is a very real reminder as to why we are all there that night. 

Be part of this special evening by Sponsoring a Child for $250.

• Personal or business listed in Gala program in honor or memory of brain tumor child
• Personal or business logo placement on child tribute slide show during event in honor or
memory of brain tumor child.

Please confirm your sponsorship no later than February 10 to be included in the program.



Amy Robach is the co-anchor of ABC’s “20/20” and reports for “Good Morning America” and across ABC News. Previously, Robach was news anchor for ABC’s “Good Morning America” beginning in 2014.

Since joining ABC News, Robach has traveled nationally and internationally to cover major news events. She reported on the terrorist attacks in Manchester, UK and in Brussels, Belgium, as well as the mass shootings at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, TX, Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, Sandy Hook elementary school in Newton, Connecticut, and targeting police officers in Dallas, TX. Robach contributed to network-wide coverage on Election Night 2016 from Trump headquarters and the Washington Mall in Washington, DC for the 2017 Presidential Inauguration.

She also traveled to Iceland to report on the front lines of climate change with the world’s most elite ice climbers, taking viewers into an ice sinkhole over a hundred feet deep, and reported live from Tanzania on the poaching epidemic and its impact across the globe. In 2014, she traveled to Nigeria to interview Malala Yousafzai, the seventeen-year-old who was campaigning to free hundreds of captive school girls. She also reported live from South Africa just days after the shooting of Oscar Pistorius’ girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Robach anchored ABC News’ Olympic coverage of the 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang , South Korea, the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Additionally, Robach has interviewed countless newsmakers and celebrities. Her headline making interviews include: Tonya Harding in a two-hour prime time special, Gretchen Carlson’s first television interview on sexual harassment in the workplace, Hulk Hogan who responded to making racial slurs and Monica Lewinsky’s first network interview in over a decade.

Robach has reported and anchored several “20/20” programs for ABC News. Most recently, she interviewed the California couple accused of a “Gone Girl” abduction hoax after enduring a real life, terrifying kidnapping. She also spoke exclusively with Leanna Taylor, the woman whose ex-husband was convicted of their toddler death in a hot car. She extensively covered the University of Virginia campus rape case landing the first interview with Dean Nicole Eramo following the retraction of the infamous Rolling Stone article.

In 2015, Robach wrote a New York Times bestseller titled “Better: How I Let Go of Control, Held On To Hope, and Found Joy in My Darkest Hour" about her unexpected journey with breast cancer after being diagnosed following an on-air mammogram on GMA.

Before joining ABC News, Robach worked at NBC News from 2003 to 2012. In 2007, Robach was the co-anchor of Saturday TODAY and an NBC News National Correspondent. During that time, she also filled in as weekday TODAY co-anchor and newsreader and NBC Nightly News anchor. Prior to that, Robach was an anchor for MSNBC from 2003-2007. She also worked as a correspondent for WTTG TV in Washington, DC and WCBD TV in Charleston, SC.

2019 RECAP
2019 RECAP

2019 Team Jack Gala Highlights

  • The 6th Annual Team Jack Gala raised $460,000 for pediatric brain cancer research.
  • Dr. Tom Osborne delivered the keynote address followed by a Q & A with Coach Osborne and Rex Burkhead.
  • This year’s event was once again emceed by NBC NASCAR’s Rick Allen.
  • Super Bowl Champion and Team Jack Board Member, Rex Burkhead, welcomed the crowd, followed by the invocation by Ron Brown, Director of Player Development, Husker Athletics.
  • Brianna Hoffman, Co-Founder of the Team Jack Foundation and member of Team Jack’s scientific advisory committee, gave an update on Team Jack’s research projects: for updates, click here.
  • We were honored to have Dr. Jonathan Schwartz from UNMC/ Children’s Hospital & Medical Center with us that evening to update guests on the progress of the brain tumor program in Omaha.
  • Mark & Karen Carson, Founders of Fat Brain Toys, were named the 2018 Teammates of the Year.  In addition to their $30,000 Title Sponsorship, Fat Brain Toys also presented a $22,209 check to Team Jack from the annual “Round-up for Team Jack” campaign.
  • This year’s Spotlight Story, sponsor by Jim & Sharri Baldonado and The Home Agency, was in memory of Nathan Waggoner, who passed from DIPG (the deadliest form of brain cancer) in 2010.  Mr. Baldonado and his family presented the Waggoner Family a check in the amount of $50,000 to Team Jack in memory of Nathan.  Watch Nathan’s story here.
  • After the Spotlight Story, we announced our recent commitment of $150,000 to Dr. Richard Phillips at Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York City for DIPG research focusing on a new drug delivery method which would lead to new treatments for kids with DIPG.
  • The Husker Alumni Chapters (comprised of former Huskers) generously donated $31,000 to the Team Jack Foundation this year.  Presenting the check on the behalf of the alumni chapters were:  Jeremiah Sirles (Buffalo Bills), Spencer Long (Buffalo Bills), Brent Qvale (New York Jets), Zach Sterup (Miami Dolphins), Rex Burkhead (New England Patriots), Brett Maher (Dallas Cowboys) and other former Huskers.

Gala Photos

2019 Gala Photos are courtesy of Jessica Blex Photography.  Please feel free to download, share, print, as you wish!