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SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

OUR MISSION​

To raise awareness of and funds to fight childhood hunger and food insecurity while fostering community in a celebration of two of North Carolina's cultural assets: barbecue and bluegrass.

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The Pit’s 13th ‘Cuegrass Festival returns to downtown Raleigh Saturday, April, 15, 2023! Join us for the biggest ‘Cuegrass yet as we fire up the pig cookers and serve plenty of our famous Eastern North Carolina-style barbecue and a selection of local beers. 

It’s all for a good cause. Our primary beneficiary for 2023 is SAFEchild’s Champion Our Children capital campaign. Funds will also support the Occoneechee Council, and the Junior League of Raleigh’s BackPack Buddies program, which helps provide children at Lacy, Hunter, Root, Conn, and Beaverdam Elementary Schools with healthy weekend meals and snacks during the school year.

This is all made possible by Sponsors.

Partnerships allow us to create the most impact year after year and guarantee that 100% of the money made at ‘Cuegrass goes directly to local North Carolina programs supporting children in our community. For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact us at 919.459.2347 or cuegrass@empireeats.com.

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'CUE FACTS

  • $185,500 raised for local organizations  

  • 10 different charities helped: BackPack Buddies, SafeChild, Cub Scouts, Team Chris Combs, Food Banks of CENC, 4-H Club, NC Farmers via AWA, WC Breeze Family Farm, Read & Feed, and Feed the Farm  

  • 1 in 6 kids in North Carolina do not have enough food to eat. ‘Cuegrass funds local BackPack Buddies programs to help change that. 

  • Thanks to funds raised at ‘Cuegrass, the Junior League of Raleigh’s BackPack Buddies Program has been able to provide meals for 300 campers at the YMCA’s Camp High Hopes for the 3rd year in a row.

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“As SAFEchild reflects on 2022 we are mindful of the 422 children who received specialized medical care that promotes their healing from the trauma resulting from child abuse. The total annual cost of this critical medical intervention exceeds $1,000,000 which is why the financial support received from Cuegrass is essential and lifesaving.”

Cristin DeRonja

Executive Director , SAFEchild

SUPPORTING

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SPONSORSHIP DEADLINES

March 17, 2023 for print materials and April 1, 2023 for all other opportunities.

Contact cuegrass@empireeats.com or 919.459.2347

GOLD SPONSOR - $15,000

  • “Presented by” recognition and prominent
    logo placement on ‘Cuegrass posters, event marketing materials, on cuegrass.com, and on
    thepit-raleigh.com

  • Prominent logo placement on main stage banners, and banners throughout the main festival grounds

  • Large hospitality tent with exclusive food and drinks provided within

  • 10 parking spaces near the festival

  • 5 main stage mentions by ‘Cuegrass emcee 

  • Full-page advertisement in digital event program

  • Opportunity for company representative to speak on stage

  • Opportunity to set up a vendor tent to pass out information, swag, or merchandise representing your company  

  •  Social media collaboration and recognition

  • $3,000 credit towards an Empire Eats experience (restrictions apply)

BANJO SPONSOR - $10,000

  • Prominent logo placement on ‘Cuegrass posters, event marketing materials, and on cuegrass.com

  • Prominent logo placement on the Beer & Banjos stage and banners throughout the main festival grounds

  • Sponsor tent and food and drinks provided within

  • 5 parking spaces near the festival

  • Half-page advertisement in digital event program

  • Opportunity to set up a vendor tent to pass out information, swag, or merchandise representing your company  

  • Social media collaboration and recognition

  • $1,500 credit towards an Empire Eats experience (restrictions apply)

MANDOLIN SPONSOR - $7,500

  • Logo included on ‘Cuegrass posters, event marketing materials, and on cuegrass.com

  • Logo included on banners throughout the main festival grounds

  • 2 parking spaces near the festival

  • Quarter-page advertisement in digital event program

  • Social media collaboration and recognition

  • $500 credit towards an Empire Eats experience (restrictions apply)

BASS SPONSOR - $5,000

  • Logo included on cuegrass.com

  • Logo included on banners throughout the main festival grounds

  • Name listed on all event marketing materials

  • Name listed in digital event program

  • Social media collaboration and recognition

  • $100 credit towards an Empire Eats experience (restrictions apply)

FIDDLE SPONSOR - $2,000

  • Logo included on cuegrass.com

  • Name listed on all event marketing materials

  • Company logo on front cover of digital event program

  • Social media recognition

  • $50 credit toward an Empire Eats experience (restrictions apply)

KID ZONE SPONSOR - $1,000

  • Logo included on cuegrass.com

  • Logo placement/naming rights for the kids zone

  • Company logo on printed ‘Cuegrass activity mats

  • Name listed in digital event program

  • Social media collaboration and recognition

COMMUNITY SPONSOR - $500

  • Logo included on cuegrass.com

  • Social media recognition

DOG ZONE SPONSOR - $500

  • Logo included on cuegrass.com

  • Logo placement and naming rights for the dog zone

SILENT AUCTION

We’re always accepting items for our silent auction table! If you would like to donate an item, contact us at cuegrass@empireeats.com for more information about how to submit.

VENDOR

We’re accepting market vendors (non-food and beverage) for ‘Cuegrass 2023. The vendor fee is $200. Fill out a vendor application here.

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