2017 Match Play Challenge Changes Lives of Caddies


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A strong finish to the 2017 Match Play Challenge will help the Evans Scholars Foundation give even more young caddies the life-changing opportunity of a college education.

With the help of more than 60 generous donors who have stepped up to make commitments of $50,000 and greater, the Foundation has created a matching pool of nearly $6.5 million that will be used to match all Par Club gifts of $2,500 and greater this year. The Match Play Challenge surpassed the $50 million in all-time fundraising earlier this year and has now raised almost $57 million to support caddie scholarships since 2011. The commitment and generosity of the Evans Scholars Program’s supporters has allowed the Foundation to grow at a time when the skyrocketing cost of college tuition has young caddies nationwide applying for the Evans Scholarship in record numbers.

“We are extremely grateful to our donors, whose extraordinary generosity has made this milestone possible,” said David Robinson, WGA Chairman. “The success of this annual campaign means we can commit to a bold plan for the future of the Evans Scholars Foundation.”

Developed with the leadership of WGA Director Mike Keiser in 2011, the Match Play Challenge is the major gifts component of the annual Par Club fundraising campaign. The generosity of Match Play Partners has inspired thousands of donors from coast to coast to support youth caddies. Since 2011, the Match Play Challenge has generated 342 gifts of $50,000 and greater and more than 6,500 gifts of $2,500 and greater.

These major gifts have positioned the Foundation to set aggressive goals for the near future. In addition to increasing the number of Evans Scholars in school from the record 965 enrolled in 19 leading universities this fall to 1,000 by the year 2020, the Foundation is working to establish the Evans Scholars Program at additional universities coast to coast.

At the same time, it is increasing living capacity at its Scholarship Houses to provide all Evans Scholars with the benefits of community living. That means establishing new Scholarship Houses at some partner universities and renovating existing Houses to ensure that Evans Scholars have the ideal living and learning environment.

Finally, the Foundation is expanding its continuum of support — from caddie training programs to career mentorship — to better position itself to guide young men and women from caddie, to college, to career.

As the Match Play Challenge pushes to the end of 2017, its continued success will be critical to the Foundation’s ability to reach its goals while giving young men and women the opportunity to attend college with the support they need to thrive and succeed.

“These major gifts become more important as we see the need for the Evans Scholarship grow each year,” said Bill Kingore, Senior Vice President, Development & Strategy. “We’re proud of what we’ve accomplished through the Match Play Challenge, but we understand the great responsibility we now have to expand the Evans Scholars Program to ensure we are not leaving deserving candidates behind.”

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

2017 Match Play Partners

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Sam & Marsha Allen
Mr. & Mrs. James H. Anderson Jr.
Jim Ashenden through the Estate of Jim Ashenden
Mike & Diane Beemer
Kenneth & Jacqueline Brody
Steve & Karis Colnitis
Glenda & Fritz Corrigan
Mr. & Mrs. Dominic Curcio
Kathy & Bill Doyle
Dresner Foundation
Ray Fahrmeier, OSU ’64
Thomas J. & Karen A. Falk
Mr. & Mrs. Eugene F. Fama
Mr. & Mrs. Robert Foss
Jim & Karen Frank
Paul Frymark & Sally Metzger
Jim & Mary Garard
Tom & Taylor Gleitsman
Dan & Kathy Harmon
Jay & Kathy Heintschel
Mr. & Mrs. Daniel G. Helle
Jack Holland
Martin P. & Julie Hughes
Mike & Lindy Keiser
King Family Foundation
J. Andrew & Susan Langan
Mr. & Mrs. Don Law
Robert M. & Diane v.S. Levy
Jack & Jama Lintol
Thomas L. Mallman
John & Jean Matovina
Gary & Carol Matula
Patrick & Meredith McCormack
Dr. & Mrs. David Monson
Thomas & Susan Moran
Frank & Susan Morley
George & Vicki Muellner
Frank & Janet Nessinger
James W. O’Neill
Dan & Vicki Pawlowski
Jim & Molly Perry
Rita & Leroy “Pete” Peterson
Mary Petrovich
Bruce & Deborah Pfaff
Jim & Donna Placio
Mr. & Mrs. Frank Polizzi
Tom & Tricia Prentice Family Foundation
Kevin & Dianne Risch
Roger W. Sandstrom
Jack & Dottie Sauer
Kathleen & Jim Skinner
Tim Schwertfeger & Gail Waller
Larry & Monica Thuet
Reed & Rosemary Tupper
John Ver Bockel & Kathleen Carbonara
Daniel & Clea Van Voorhis
Darrell & Gail Voitik
Jerry Warner
Mr. & Mrs. Ben Ziolkowski

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