Funding Research for Pediatric 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 annual inspirational evening has raised over $2.3 million for research to date. We are grateful for the continued support of our presenting sponsor, Fat Brain Toys. Check back for updates on the 2020 keynote speaker and other additional details! 

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General Event Details

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

  • Location | The Cornhusker Hotel | Lincoln, NE

  • Parking | Valet Available & Garage Parking

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

  • Cocktail Attire

  • Hotel Accomodations | Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel | Call 402.474.7474 & Mention 'Team Jack Gala'


Thank you to our 2019 sponsors! 

Presenting Sponsor: 


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!