An extraordinary evening in extraordinary times

These are extraordinary times.

Let’s gather for an extraordinary evening.

ISPU ANNUAL BANQUET – NOVEMBER 21, 2020

At 7:30–9:00 p.m. EST – Meet us virtually on Zoom

Millions of Americans rely on ISPU research to create meaningful change in their communities, from parents dealing with school bullying to community leaders designing more welcoming mosques to members of Congress working to pass meaningful legislation. We count on your support during the ISPU banquet to fuel this essential work in communities across America.

Pricing options are available for students, individuals, and families. We trust you to select whichever option is best for your circumstances.

Our sponsors enable ISPU to create a foundation of life-changing facts that stand the test of time. Learn more about our sponsorship levels and perks.

Experience Our One-of-a-Kind Program

We’re excited to invite you to join us (virtually!) to support ISPU at our 2020 annual banquet. We’ve decided for the health and safety of our supporters, partners, staff, and speakers to do something quite different—and, we hope, extraordinary—and that’s holding our annual banquet entirely online.

Rest assured, we can guarantee that this banquet won’t be “just another Zoom call.” Our program will include incredible speakers from across the country, as well as star comedian Jeremy McLellan as our emcee. We’ll create spaces for virtual mingling so you can still interact with old friends and make new ones, too. And our silent auction is back for another year with even more incredible items.

Jeremy McLellan

EMCEE

Jeremy McLellan

Thrillist listed Jeremy McLellan as one of the Best Undiscovered Comedians in the country. Jeremy uses his sharp comedy to speak truth to power as he integrates a contemporary take on politics, immigration, Islamophobia or race, with a precision and destructiveness of a lethal joke assassin. Jeremy was just honored as a New Face at the prestigious Montreal Just for Laughs Comedy Festival and has also won the 2015 and 2016 Charleston Stand-Up Comedy Competition.

Nada Al-Hanooti

SPECIAL GUEST

Nada Al-Hanooti

Palestinian-American Nada Al-Hanooti is based out of Southeast Michigan where she serves as a community organizer. Her mission is to educate and empower the Muslim community through civic engagement and political literacy. Currently, Nada serves as the executive director of Emgage Michigan where she leads organizing efforts, get out the vote, and policy initiatives.

Imam Hassan Selim

SPECIAL GUEST

Imam Hassan Selim

Imam Hassan Selim is the imam at the Islamic Center of Cedar Rapids. Imam Selim has used ISPU’s Reimagining Muslim Spaces research to transform his mosque, including coordinating the use of his mosque as an early voting center and championing the appointment of a woman as the chairperson of his mosque.

Kevin Singer

SPECIAL GUEST

Kevin Singer

Kevin Singer is co-founder and director of Neighborly Faith, an organization helping evangelical Christians to be good neighbors to people of other faiths. He is also a religious studies professor at two colleges and a freelance journalist featured in the Washington Post, Religious News Service, Sojourners, and Christianity Today.

Kameelah Rashad

SPECIAL GUEST

Dr. Kameelah Rashad

Dr. Kameelah Rashad is the Founder and President of Muslim Wellness Foundation (MWF), a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting healing and emotional well-being in the American Muslim community through dialogue, education, and training. An ISPU Fellow, Kameelah also serves as the Fellow for Spirituality, Wellness and Social Justice at the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) and advisor for Penn Sapelo, the first Black Muslim Student organization on campus.

Sponsor Us at Any Level

COMMUNITY SPONSOR

$500

✷ 1 complimentary ticket (for 1 household screen) to the virtual banquet

✷ Digital advertisement on online event page night of banquet

✷ Sponsor spotlights on social media in weeks preceding banquet

✷ Inclusion in virtual exhibition hall

BENEFACTOR SPONSOR

$1,500

✷ 10 complimentary tickets to virtual banquet

✷ Inclusion in “Thank You to Our Sponsors” video during banquet

RESEARCH
SPONSOR

$2,500

All perks of Benefactor Sponsor +

✷ Name recognition in all event publicity (Oct 1–Nov 21)

✷ Sponsor spotlights on social media in weeks preceding banquet

✷ Access to the private ISPU sponsors’ virtual event

SCHOLAR
SPONSOR

$5,000

All perks of Research Sponsor +

✷ Placement of corporate logo in all event publicity

✷ Special ISPU Gift Box mailed to you

PARTNER
SPONSOR

$10,000

All perks of Scholar Sponsor +

✷ Prominent placement of corporate logo in all ISPU event and end-of-year campaign publicity (Oct 1–Dec 31)

✷ Video advertisement during banquet

✷ Verbal recognition and thank you from ISPU staff during banquet

For more information, see our sponsorship packet.

Your Support = Your Impact

When you purchase a ticket or sponsorship, you support research making an impact. You are furthering well-informed dialogue and decision-making. Here are just a few of the stories your support has made possible.

Sadia Khan (far right) with the UC Berkeley MSA Political Action Committee

A STUDENT’S COMPELLING TESTIMONY

We know anecdotally that Muslim college students suffer from Islamophobia, but there was room to learn much more. So, ISPU partnered with MSA West to survey over 500 Muslim college students across California, gaining important insights on the well-being of a vulnerable and under-researched population… Read more→

A cub scout raises his hand to say the pledge

CUB SCOUTS LEAD THE WAY

An astonishing 42% of American Muslim families reported in 2017 that at least one of their children had been bullied in the past year because of their religion. One quarter of the bullies in these incidents were teachers or school administrators. These statistics horrified Reverend Nathan Walker… Read more→

Imam Hassan Selim

AN IMAM EMBRACES INCLUSIVITY

Imam Hassan Selim has led the Islamic Center for Cedar Rapids for more than eight years. Like many in his position, he is tasked with forming a more inclusive mosque, one that can assist an always changing and diverse community in often challenging times. One recurring obstacle was the lack of real-life examples… Read more→

Want to Do More?

Raise money for ISPU by asking your friends and family to join you in making a difference. You can join a Champion Team or create your own Champion fundraising page. If you raise $1,500 or more, you’ll receive 10 complimentary banquet tickets for yourself, friends, and family!

Want to Do More?

BECOME A CHAMPION by raising money for ISPU! Ask your friends and family to join you in making a difference. You can join a team in your area, or start your own.

Our Teams

Chicago skyline with the outline of the river

Chicago 34

Team Lead   Michelle Gale

If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Gale at events@ispu.org or (630) 624-2654.

Select Silent Auction Items

Muhammad Ali aka Cassius Clay Glove
Avengers Endgame Poster
Calligraphy scroll
Muhammad Ali vs George Foreman Championship
The Beatles Limited Edition Abby Road Record Album (Black)
Signed Star Wars poster

Thank you to our event sponsors: Hamzavi Dermatology Specialists, Premier Cardiovascular Specialists PC, El-Hibri Foundation, Mustafa Ahmed and Maryam Rahman, Zulfiqar and Nadia Ahmed, CIG Capital Advisors, Mohammed Maaieh and Raniah Jaouni, Safwan Badr, Amana Mutual Funds

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