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The Evans Scholars Foundation has launched the 2018 Match Play Challenge, marking the eighth year of its major gifts component of the annual Par Club fundraising campaign.

Since its inception in 2011, the Match Play Challenge has helped the Foundation provide more caddies with the life-changing opportunity of a college education. The success of this initiative is more critical than ever in 2018, as families across the country struggle to meet the rising cost of college tuition. Young men and women nationwide apply for the Evans Scholarship in record numbers each year, with 790 applying in 2017 alone.

Last year’s Match Play Challenge raised nearly $14 million, helping the Foundation offset annual scholarship costs that reached $20 million for the record 965 Evans Scholars in school for the 2017-18 academic year. The Foundation’s scholarship costs are projected to rise by $1.5 million each year as it pursues the Western Golf Association Board of Governors’ plan to grow the number of Scholars in school to 1,000, living in community, by 2020.

 “We are incredibly thankful to all of our supporters who have contributed to the Match Play Challenge,” said WGA Chairman Frank Morley. “They are an inspiration, and the continued success of these efforts is important to ensuring that we help send as many qualified caddies to college as possible.”

The 2018 Match Play Challenge is already off to an excellent start, with 31 Match Play Partners making gifts of $50,000 and greater. These gifts will be pooled and used to match the gifts of $2,500 and greater the Foundation receives in 2018.

WGA Director Mike Keiser, who led the development of the Match Play Challenge in 2011, is again serving as the campaign’s Honorary Chair in 2018. The sustained success of this initiative will help the Foundation achieve the bold goals it has set for the near future.

Those goals include establishing the Evans Scholars Program at additional universities, providing community living opportunities for all Scholars and developing a full continuum of support that will include everything from caddie training programs to career mentorship.

“For our goals to be reached, it is essential to continue to raise more tuition dollars through these major gifts,” said Bill Kingore, Senior Vice President, Development & Strategy. “Our Evans Scholars are succeeding in the classroom and achieving at the highest level. It is our privilege to help these deserving young men and women, and we are determined to work to help more caddies receive a high-quality college education.”

For more information on the Match Play Challenge, please contact Bill Kingore at 224-260-3712 or kingore@wgaesf.org.

2018 Match Play Partners

Anonymous (2)
Sam & Marsha Allen
Kenneth & Jacqueline Brody
Steve & Karis Colnitis
Glenda & Fritz Corrigan
Dresner Foundation
Craig Duchossois
Dr. & Mrs. Eugene Fama
Tom & Taylor Gleitsman
Dan & Kathy Harmon
Jack Holland
Mike & Lindy Keiser
Jason & Peggy Kinander
Jack & Jama Lintol
John & Jean Matovina
Pat & Meredith McCormack
Frank & Susan Morley
George & Vicki Muellner
Frank & Janet Nessinger
Jim & Molly Perry
Rita & Pete Peterson
Mary Petrovich
Bruce & Deborah Pfaff
The Frank Polizzi Family
Quest Foundation
Martin Snitzer
Larry & Monica Thuet
Reed & Rosemary Tupper
John Ver Bockel & Kathleen Carbonara
Bill & Tracey Wheeler

*As of 05/15/2018

 








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The Evans Scholars Foundation’s Leadership Council celebrated six years of helping send caddies to college during the fifth annual Birdie Ball at the Chicago Cultural Center on March 3. 

More than 300 people attended the event, which is hosted annually by the Leadership Council as part of its efforts to raise awareness of, and funds for, the Evans Scholars Foundation. The Leadership Council was established in 2013 as a board of young professionals who serve as ambassadors for the Evans Scholars Program through fundraising and Scholar mentoring.

Since its creation in 2013, the Birdie Ball has raised more than $145,000 for the Evans Scholars Foundation. The night featured live entertainment by The Walk-ins, a silent auction and a video about Michigan State Evans Scholar Alum Lauren Farhat's path to earning the life-changing Evans Scholarship.

A short program included speeches from Leadership Council President Mary Moran, Vice President of Fundraising Kyle Cash,  and Evans Scholars Foundation Director of Development Matt Starr. Moran and Starr are both Alumni of the Evans Scholars Program. Starr outlined how much the Evans Scholars Foundation — with the help of the Leadership Council — has grown over the last six years.

Among the Leadership Council’s many achievements is the development of a mentorship program to keep Evans Scholars and young Alumni engaged with one another and with the Evans Scholars Foundation.

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About the Leadership Council

The Leadership Council was formed in 2013 with a goal of bringing together a diverse, young group of emerging business and civic leaders for networking and professional development opportunities. Members, who are between the ages of 25-40 and mostly live in the Chicago area, serve as ambassadors for the Evans Scholars Foundation through fundraising and Scholar mentoring.

For more information on the Leadership Council, please visit www.wgaesf.org/council.




NEW ADVOCACY GROUP ESTABLISHED BY WESTERN GOLF ASSOCIATION AND LEADING GOLF ORGANIZATIONS PROMOTES YOUTH CADDYING, HELPS DEVELOP YOUNG GOLFERS

GOLF, Ill. – Together with a number of leading golf organizations, the Western Golf Association (WGA) announces today a groundbreaking initiative centered around promoting youth caddying and golf called Carry the Game.

Carry the Game is an advocacy group that introduces young students to the game of golf by creating additional opportunities for them to train and work as caddies and encourages them to become lifelong players.

Through caddying, young people learn valuable life lessons, develop a strong work ethic and money management skills, and make professional contacts on the golf course. In addition to being a great way to learn about the game, caddying provides life-changing benefits that are instrumental to their individual growth.

Carry the Game operates under the organizational umbrella of the WGA; participants in the effort include the World Golf Foundation, United States Golf Association, PGA of America, The First Tee and Youth on Course, among other groups. This special collaboration to promote the role of youth caddying within the game of golf will help ensure Carry the Game’s long-term success while encouraging a new generation of young golfers to play the game.

“Over the past few years, numerous leading golf organizations have discussed the importance of creating a governing body for youth caddying, and we’re excited to see that the WGA is spearheading this important initiative,” said World Golf Foundation CEO Steve Mona. “The WGA is a recognized leader in youth caddying, and we’re all looking forward to working together to help bring this effort to life.”

Carry the Game will be a resource for anyone interested in becoming a caddie or forming a youth caddie program. In 2018, the group will begin an extensive research project to provide qualitative data on the current state of youth caddying and inform the initiative’s work.

The overall goal of Carry the Game is to increase the number of youth caddies – and the diversity of those caddies – by helping to establish additional caddying opportunities at golf clubs nationwide. Carry the Game will also promote youth caddie programs as a way to create future golfers and preserve and enhance the tradition of caddying within the game of golf.

It will offer resources including caddie training materials and certification, a caddie club locator, best practices on creating and managing programs, media and public relations support, and knowledge and expertise on all caddie-related topics.

“Through Carry the Game, our goal is to provide young people with an early introduction to golf by creating life-changing opportunities to work as a caddie,” said WGA President and CEO John Kaczkowski. “Ultimately, we believe the experiences and mentorship gained through caddying are invaluable to a young person’s development and will help cultivate a lifelong passion for playing golf. Some of golf’s greatest players, as well as many of the world’s most successful executives, emerged from the caddie ranks. We look forward to supporting current and future caddies as they continue the legacy of a game so beloved and carry it forward for years to come.”

Carry the Game will also share and promote local and national caddie scholarship opportunities and resources.



FRANK MORLEY NAMED NEW WGA CHAIRMAN

GOLF, Ill. (Jan. 4, 2018) — Frank Morley, of Glenview, Illinois, is the new Chairman of the Western Golf Association, and will lead the Evans Scholars Program during a period of crucial growth.

At its December meeting, the WGA Board of Governors elected Morley to serve as the WGA’s 67th chairman following two years as vice chairman. He succeeds David Robinson of Troy, Michigan.

“I’m honored and humbled by the opportunity to lead an organization with such a rich history and tradition of service to the game of golf and to deserving young men and women,” Morley said. “Our golf championships are among the game’s oldest and most prestigious, and I’ve experienced firsthand how the work of the Evans Scholars Foundation is changing the lives of caddies and their families.”

Since becoming a WGA Director in 1993, Morley has served in several key leadership roles, including seven years as Tournament Chairman of the BMW Championship. 

Morley’s two-year term as Chairman comes as the Evans Scholars Program strives to meet its goal of growing from a record 965 Evans Scholars enrolled at 19 leading universities this fall to 1,000 by the year 2020. The Program also is working to partner with additional universities as it expands from coast to coast.

One of Morley’s top priorities will be to continue raising the money needed to cover escalating tuition costs and underwrite plans to grow the Evans Scholars Program.

“We’ve had some incredible fundraising success of late, and our biggest challenge is to sustain that momentum,” he said. “We continue to receive record numbers of applications for the Evans Scholarship each year, and we’re committed to meeting the needs of deserving caddies and their families.”

Morley’s familiarity and active involvement the past two decades will serve him and the organization well over the next two years, said WGA President and CEO John Kaczkowski.

“Frank’s commitment to our championships and scholarship program make him well-equipped to guide the Western Golf Association and Evans Scholars Foundation during this pivotal period,” Kaczkowski said. “We feel fortunate to have someone so passionate about our mission guiding our organization.”

Morley and his wife Susan are longtime supporters of the Match Play Challenge, the Evans Scholars Foundation’s major gifts campaign, which has raised more than $58 million to support caddie scholarships since 2011.

A resident of Glenview, Morley worked for 41 years in the fine-printing paper distribution business, including 23 years as the co-owner of Midland Paper Co. in Wheeling, Illinois.

He is a member of Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Illinois; North Shore Country Club in Glenview, Illinois; The Old Collier Golf Club in Naples, Florida; Club Pelican Bay in Naples, Florida; Stock Farm Club in Hamilton, Montana; and Ballybunion Golf Club in Ireland.




 

 Download the Offline Enrollment Form

The Evans Scholars Foundation has launched the 2018 Match Play Challenge, marking the eighth year of its major gifts component of the annual Par Club fundraising campaign.

Since its inception in 2011, the Match Play Challenge has helped the Foundation provide more caddies with the life-changing opportunity of a college education. The success of this initiative is more critical than ever in 2018, as families across the country struggle to meet the rising cost of college tuition. Young men and women nationwide apply for the Evans Scholarship in record numbers each year, with 790 applying in 2017 alone.

Last year’s Match Play Challenge raised nearly $14 million, helping the Foundation offset annual scholarship costs that reached $20 million for the record 965 Evans Scholars in school for the 2017-18 academic year. The Foundation’s scholarship costs are projected to rise by $1.5 million each year as it pursues the Western Golf Association Board of Governors’ plan to grow the number of Scholars in school to 1,000, living in community, by 2020.

 “We are incredibly thankful to all of our supporters who have contributed to the Match Play Challenge,” said WGA Chairman Frank Morley. “They are an inspiration, and the continued success of these efforts is important to ensuring that we help send as many qualified caddies to college as possible.”

The 2018 Match Play Challenge is already off to an excellent start, with 31 Match Play Partners making gifts of $50,000 and greater. These gifts will be pooled and used to match the gifts of $2,500 and greater the Foundation receives in 2018.

WGA Director Mike Keiser, who led the development of the Match Play Challenge in 2011, is again serving as the campaign’s Honorary Chair in 2018. The sustained success of this initiative will help the Foundation achieve the bold goals it has set for the near future.

Those goals include establishing the Evans Scholars Program at additional universities, providing community living opportunities for all Scholars and developing a full continuum of support that will include everything from caddie training programs to career mentorship.

“For our goals to be reached, it is essential to continue to raise more tuition dollars through these major gifts,” said Bill Kingore, Senior Vice President, Development & Strategy. “Our Evans Scholars are succeeding in the classroom and achieving at the highest level. It is our privilege to help these deserving young men and women, and we are determined to work to help more caddies receive a high-quality college education.”

For more information on the Match Play Challenge, please contact Bill Kingore at 224-260-3712 or kingore@wgaesf.org.

2018 Match Play Partners

Anonymous (2)
Sam & Marsha Allen
Kenneth & Jacqueline Brody
Steve & Karis Colnitis
Glenda & Fritz Corrigan
Dresner Foundation
Craig Duchossois
Dr. & Mrs. Eugene Fama
Tom & Taylor Gleitsman
Dan & Kathy Harmon
Jack Holland
Mike & Lindy Keiser
Jason & Peggy Kinander
Jack & Jama Lintol
John & Jean Matovina
Pat & Meredith McCormack
Frank & Susan Morley
George & Vicki Muellner
Frank & Janet Nessinger
Jim & Molly Perry
Rita & Pete Peterson
Mary Petrovich
Bruce & Deborah Pfaff
The Frank Polizzi Family
Quest Foundation
Martin Snitzer
Larry & Monica Thuet
Reed & Rosemary Tupper
John Ver Bockel & Kathleen Carbonara
Bill & Tracey Wheeler

*As of 05/15/2018

 


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