Guardian Ball 2017

Tickets and Sponsorship packages to the Guardian Ball Gala on October 7th are now available for purchase: click here!  

Wyakin Warriors at the 2016 Guardian Ball. Photo by Meg Kahnle.

We are very excited to announce the following events on October 6th and 7th:

  • The Guardian Ball Gala dinner program and live auction at JUMP, celebrating the achievements of the Warriors who have graduated from the Wyakin program.


  • JUMP! Boise. Photo by Idaho Statesman.

    A ticketed Friday evening event to Meet The Cartoonists at The Village in Meridian, to celebrate Wyakin and its longstanding relationship with some of America’s most beloved illustrators and cartoonists (details and tickets coming soon).


  • A Guardian Ball Dance Party immediately following the Gala will take place one floor below at JUMP! Entry to the party is included with Gala tickets, but ‘Party Tickets’ for this event alone will be on sale later this summer. What better excuse to dress up and enjoy a night on the town at a great venue, in support of a great cause?

Class of ’16, Guardian Ball, December 2016. Photo by Meg Kahnle

What remains constant year after year is our critical need to raise funds to support our programs, each of which are tailored to every individual wounded or injured veteran, that help them succeed in and out of the classroom. These Warriors have given so much for us and our country; now it’s our turn to give back. We hope you will join us!



Tickets and Sponsorship packages to the Guardian Ball Gala are available now for purchase.  Tickets for our other weekend events will be on sale later this summer.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much are tickets?

Guardian Ball Gala tickets are $125 per person and include dinner, program and live auction. This includes the Dance Party immediately after the Gala, also at JUMP.

Warrior Jorge Hernandez cuts a rug with his family. Photo by Meg Kahnle

More information and tickets coming later this summer:

Meet the Cartoonists tickets on Friday will be $50 and will also gain you entrance to the Guardian Ball Dance Party on Saturday.

Tickets for the Guardian Ball Dance Party (if you do not attend the Gala), will be $25. Cash bar available. All proceeds from these events benefit Wyakin Foundation.

What is the dress code for the Guardian Ball Gala?

This year the dress code is cocktail/black tie-optional. This means that at a minimum, we ask that you wear a coat and tie. (Feel free however, to show up in your tux!)

I want to buy a ticket to Meet the Cartoonists on Friday night. Can I attend other weekend events with that ticket?

2016 Co-emcee Michelle Edmonds and her son admire his cartoonist caricature. Photo by Meg Kahnle

Yes! Your ticket to Meet the Cartoonists will also get you into the Guardian Ball Dance Party on Saturday night. The Guardian Ball Gala is ticketed separately; tickets can be purchased here.

Past Galas have attended featured an Induction Ceremony of the new class of Warriors. Will there be one this year?

Now that the Wyakin program is in its seventh year, we decided to focus our 2017 Gala program on the lives of the veterans who have graduated as Wyakin Alumni. An induction ceremony for our new class will be held in December. Please stay tuned to our Facebook page and website for date information in the coming months.

Other questions? Please email us at or call 208-853-6001 to speak with Julie or Caitlin.

Purchase tickets today!