LionsFund About 110 Percent As Summer Drive Gets Started
Five-week effort begins LionsFund effort to raise funds for LMU Athletics and student-athlete scholarships.
Aug. 2, 2012
LOS ANGELES - Each and every year, LMU student-athletes are asked to give that perverbial "110-percent" on and off the field of play. As the 2012-13 season begins, so to begins the 11th Annual LMU Athletics' LionsFund Summer Drive. And in honor of that extra effort, LionsFund is looking for that "110-percent".
The annual Summer Drive is a five-week effort kick starting the fundraising for LMU student-athletes through LionsFund. This year's theme of "110-percent" is based on asking everyone to give 10% more for the 110% our student-athletes give on and off the field this year
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"This Summer Drive is the beginning of a very different era for LionsFund at LMU. We have a very ambitious goal of raising $200,000 in this five-week period in order to get our annual fundraising off to a big start," said LMU Athletics Director Dr. William Husak. "It's going to take everyone to help us meet these goals. This is through giving 10-percent more as a LionsFund donor, volunteering with the Summer Drive and becoming involved with many other events we have centered around LionsFund. This is going to be an exciting year for LionsFund."
The Summer Drive began on July 23 and runs through Aug. 28. The next volunteer and Summer Drive meeting will take place on Thursday, Aug. 9 from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Collins Center located at the Leavey Center on the LMU campus. A final Sumemr Drive celebration will then take place on Tuesday, Aug. 28.
Other specific events that involve LionsFund include the 2012 Alumni BBQ (Sunday, Sept. 30), the LMU Golf Classic (May 2013), the 2012-13 LMU Athletics' Hall of Fame (TBA) and on-going stewardship, including appearances at more than 150 home athletic events.
"We have roughly 40 volunteers who are involved in helping us during this summer drive," said Husak. "They spend their nights and weekends reaching out and because of that effort, Summer Drive is off to a great start this year with dollars and pledges rolling in already."
Volunteers participate in the Summer Drive Incentive Program, which earn exclusive LionsFund prizes when established pledges and gift goals are reached.
In addition to the volunteer participation program, the teams will participate in the annual LionsFund LMU Athletics Team Participation Challenge.
"Participation of student-athlete alumni giving back to their teams in LMU Athletics is important for many reasons," said Husak. "It creates an environment and culture of giving back, a connected and supportive alumni community for your team, builds a long-term foundation for greater gifts, and all adds up to make a difference over and above what our budgets would allow. "
To continue to encourage greater giving participation among our student-athlete alumni, LMU Athletics will once again over a team challenge, with budgetary bonuses being offered to those programs that meet goals based on the student-athlete alumni giving percentage.
For the team participation challenge, all gifts will be counted that are received in cash by December 31, 2012. This gives time for any pledges made during the Summer Drive to be fulfilled (sometimes takes up to 90 days), and also count any additional giving that comes at the end of the year for tax purposes. For gifts to count they must be a minimum amount of $20.
WHAT IS LIONSFUND Gifts to LionsFund provide the ability for LMU Athletics to meet the annual needs of Loyola Marymount University's 22 intercollegiate teams through scholarships and team support. Gifts to LionsFund assist to provide the resources needed for LMU Athletics to achieve the highest level of success both athletically and academically, and are critical in the LMU Athletics Department goal of Building Champions!