Match Play Challenge


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

With the help of a growing list of generous donors, the Evans Scholars Foundation’s 2016 Match Play Challenge campaign is in full swing.

Pledges from Match Play Partners have put the Evans Scholars Foundation well on its way its current goal of creating a $4.5 million matching pool in 2016. That pool is being used to match all major Par Club gifts of $2,500 and greater this year, doubling the contributions of donors in an effort to give more young men and women caddies the life-changing gift of a college education.

The names of these Match Play Partners are listed below to highlight their decision to step up at a critical time for the Evans Scholars Foundation. 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 $40 million, allowing the Evans Scholars Foundation 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, living in community, each year by 2020. There are 935 Evans Scholars enrolled in school for the 2016-17 academic year after 260 new Evans Scholarships were awarded for 2016.

That, plus the rising cost of college tuition, means direct scholarship costs for Evans Scholars will exceed $17.5 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 nears 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 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
William & Kathy Doyle
Elizabeth, Allan & Warren Shelden Fund
Thomas J. & Karen A. Falk
M/M Eugene F. Fama
Mrs. Ellen T. Flickinger
Jim & Karen Frank
Jim & Mary Garard
Tom Gleitsman
Dan & Kathy Harmon
Jack Holland
Martin P. & Julie Hughes
Steve & Michele Johnston
Mark A. Kaufman
Mike & Lindy Keiser
M/M Scott 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
Carol E. & Gary J. Matula
Thomas E. McAuley
Patrick & Meredith McCormack
John & Judy Mendesh
John Merriman & Barbara Beatty
Michael & Sherri Miske
Thomas & Susan Moran
Sean Moriarty
LTGEN/M George K. Muellner
David A. Nelson
Frank & Janet Nessinger
Dan & Vicki Pawlowski
Rita & Leroy "Pete" Peterson
Mary & Scott Petrovich
Bruce Pfaff
M/M James K. Placio
M/M Frank Polizzi
John & Merry Ann Pratt
Rich Family
Roger W. Sandstrom
Marge & Charles J. Schott Foundation
Best Portion Foundation & Tim Schwertfeger & Gail Waller
Cal & Sandra Simmons
Kathleen & Jim Skinner
Joe & Margie Stigler
Jason & Jen Stroiman
Jeremy Stroiman & Lindsey Kast Stroiman
M/M JD Sun
Lawrence Thuet
M/M Reed Tupper
John Ver Bockel & Kathleen Carbonara
Bill & Tracy Wheeler
Mr. Robert L. Woods

*As of 8/16/2016 

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