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"Fairway to the Future: The Drive to 1,000 Scholars"

With a record number of Evans Scholars in school this fall, the Evans Scholars Foundation is working toward a strong finish to the 2016 Match Play Challenge campaign.

Pledges from Match Play Partners have helped the Evans Scholars Foundation create a matching pool of more than $4.8 million in 2016. Now, the Foundation is trying to make the most of that pool by collecting major Par Club gifts of $2,500 and greater. Each one of those gifts will be matched dollar for dollar, doubling the contributions of generous donors in an effort to give more young men and women caddies the life-changing gift of a college education.

The names of the 2016 Match Play partners are listed below to highlight their decision to step up at a critical time. The Match Play Challenge — the major gifts component of the annual Par Club fundraising campaign — raised $9.7 million in 2015. But that number must be surpassed in 2016 as the cost of college tuition continues to skyrocket and applications for the Evans Scholarship pour in at a record rate.

“We are sincerely grateful to all of our donors for their support of the Match Play Challenge,” said David Robinson, WGA Chairman. “However, the continued success of these efforts in the coming months is essential to ensure we meet the needs of all qualified applicants.”

The Match Play Challenge was developed in 2011 with the leadership of WGA Director Mike Keiser, who is serving as the Honorary Chair of the Match Play Challenge again in 2016. The total impact of the Match Play Challenge has already surpassed $43 million, allowing the Evans Scholars Program to expand.

The Program is reaching coast to coast as it pursues a WGA Board of Governors mandate to have at least 1,000 Evans Scholars in school, with all Scholars living in community, annually by the year 2020. There are a record 935 Evans Scholars enrolled in 20 leading universities nationwide for the 2016-17 academic year after 260 new Evans Scholarships were awarded for 2016.

That growth, plus the rising cost of college tuition, means annual scholarship costs for Evans Scholars will be $17.6 million in 2016, a $1 million increase over last year. That number is projected to jump by $1 million each year as the Evans Scholars Foundation pursues its 2020 goal.

For the record number of caddies from all over the country applying for the Evans Scholarship, the need is greater than ever. A successful finish to the 2016 Match Play Challenge is critical to the Evans Scholars Foundation’s ability to tee up a promising future for deserving caddies by awarding full tuition and housing scholarships to leading universities.

“If we are to meet the increasing need, we must be successful in raising more tuition dollars through these ever-important major gifts,” said Bill Kingore, Senior Vice President of Development & Strategy. “We must not leave qualified candidates behind.”

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

2016 Match Play Partners*

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Sam & Marsha Allen
Mary Ann & Looe Baker III
Ed & Peggy Bonach
Kenneth & Jacqueline Brody
Fritz & Glenda Corrigan
David & Maura DePrisco
Kathy & Bill Doyle
Elizabeth, Allan & Warren Shelden Fund
Thomas J. & Karen A. Falk
Eugene & Sallyann Fama
Farmer Family Foundation
In Memory of Ellen & Carl H. Flickinger
Jim & Karen Frank
Jim & Mary Garard
Tom & Taylor Gleitsman
Dan & Kathy Harmon
Heidrick/Garrison Family
Dan & Cynthia Helle
Jack Holland
Martin P. & Julie Hughes
Steve & Michele Johnston
Mark A. Kaufman
Dr. Tim & Deanna Kavanaugh
Mike & Lindy Keiser
Scott & Mary Beth Kilrea
King Family Foundation
Christopher & Nikki Klingenstein
Bill & Sharon Kozek
J. A. Langan
Robert M. & Diane v.S. Levy
Jack & Jama Lintol
Thomas L. Mallman
Christine & Richard Marcks
Alan & Vrissiis Matula
Gary & Carol Matula
Thomas E. McAuley
Patrick & Meredith McCormack
In Memory of David Robert McLellan by the McLellan Family
John & Judy Mendesh
John Merriman & Barbara Beatty
Michael & Sherri Miske
Thomas & Susan Moran
Sean Moriarty
LTGEN/M George K. Muellner
In Memory of David A. Nelson
Frank & Janet Nessinger
Dan & Vicki Pawlowski
Rita & Leroy "Pete" Peterson
Mary & Scott Petrovich
Bruce & Deborah Pfaff
Jim & Donna Placio
Frank & Betsy Polizzi
John & Merry Ann Pratt
Rich Family
Roger W. Sandstrom
Tim Schwertfeger & Gail Waller/Best Portion Foundation
Cal & Sandra Simmons
Kathleen & Jim Skinner
Joe & Margie Stigler
Jason & Jen Stroiman
Jeremy & Lindsey Stroiman
JD & Shelly Sun
Lawrence Thuet
Robert & Lynn Topel
Reed & Rosemary Tupper
John Ver Bockel & Kathleen Carbonara
Darrell & Gail Voitik
Jerry Warner
Bill & Tracy Wheeler
The Willis Foundation
Mr. Robert L. Woods

*As of 11/14/2016 

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