Sunday 18 February 2018

GPA to charge up to $50,000 for sponsorship packages for Boston dinner

Dermot Earley, CEO of the GPA
Dermot Earley, CEO of the GPA Newsdesk Newsdesk

The Gaelic Player's Association will charge guests for their 'Inaugural Boston Friends of the GPA Dinner' this April between $500 (€471) and $50,000 (€47,100).

The event which take place on Friday, April 7 at The State Room in Boston will aim to raise funds for the GPA and the Fenway Hurling Classic.

Tickets for the event begin at $500 but there are sponsorship packages ranging from being a table sponsor for $5,000 or the platinum package which costs $50,000.

The Platinum Package comes with a number of perks including a premium table for 10 at the event, VIP packages for two people to both All-Ireland finals and autographed jerseys from the All-Ireland hurling and football champions.

Full details can be found here

In the past number of years GAA bodies have been tapping into the North American market for funds with the GPA leading the way with expertly coordinated campaigns.

In 2011, the GPA established an advisory board in New York of business people, journalists, lawyers and a variety of other established contacts to help the Association develop a network of supporters in the US.

The board was established to raise awareness of the association's activities and to  raise additional funds for the GPA Player Development Programme.

The GAA's annual grant to the GPA is the primary source of funding for the Programme.

However, the GPA claim the US activity was established to help supplement Programme costs and to address a shortfall in funding.

The GPA revealed to last year that they had  generated gross revenues of €2.07m through their US network and events.

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