EASTON, Pa. - The Lafayette men’s lacrosse program’s 2:1 Matching Gift Challenge finished as an overwhelming success. The challenge began on Friday, January 29th and ran until the team’s first game on Saturday, February 13th.
Gifts made to the Maroon Club’s Friends of Men’s Lacrosse before February 13th were matched 1:1 by an anonymous donor who pledged up to $30,000. To give further incentive, donors who increased their gifts from last fiscal year (2014-2015) or donors who were making their first gift to men’s lacrosse were matched 2:1 ($2 for every $1 given).
The challenge finished with 112 donors who helped bring in a new $59,377 in gifts for the program and unlocked the $30,000 in matching gifts from the anonymous donor. This brought the overall total raised to $89,377 in just 15 days.
Gifts came in from alumni in the classes of 1959-2014, led by 1980s alumni with 14 donors and seven donors from the Class of 2011. Parents, family, and friends also made gifts during the challenge with contributions from families of the Class of 2012 through the Class of 2019.
“These gifts are critical to our program and continue to enhance the experience for our team,” head coach Jim Rogalski said. “Upgrades to the program this season include new home and away uniforms, warm-up suits for game day, extra meals on away trips, extra shafts and mesh kits for the entire team, upgrades to the locker room, and team sweatshirts and collared shirts. Without the support of our alumni, parents, and friends, none of this would be possible and on behalf of our Friends of Men’s Lacrosse, coaches and players, I want to thank all of our supporters this fiscal year for their loyal and generous support.”
The Leopards return to action on Saturday, March 5, welcoming Army to Fisher Stadium at 12 p.m.
For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016, the Maroon Club's Friends of Men's Lacrosse has a goal of $200,000. Gifts to the men's lacrosse program support enhanced recruiting budgets, provide additional funding for assistant coaches' salaries, and supplement budgets for apparel, uniforms, equipment and travel expenses. Maroon Club general gifts support the Oaks Leadership Academy, strength and conditioning programs, athletic training resources, the bi-annual Career Development Series and other department-wide programs.
All gifts are part of Lafayette College's $400 million Live Connected, Lead Change campaign. Support for athletics is a key objective of the campaign. Learn more by clicking here.
For more information on the Maroon Club or the Friends of Men's Lacrosse, contact Joe Giaimo, Executive Director of the Maroon Club, at (610) 330-3116 or firstname.lastname@example.org.