Class Legacy Gift Campaign Memo 6

Posted: 6/11/2018

Weve raised $3.6 Million (w/matching) of $5 million – Largest USNA Class Gift goal ever! Our very generous classmate (who is challenging the rest of us to raise $2.5 million for our 50th Reunion Gift Campaign) is matching our donations dollar-for-dollar up to $2.5 million.  $2.5 + $2.5 = $5 million! Remember, he will only match what we give!

Over 300 classmates (out of 810 on the list to call) have participated so far, and Catapult (the group we’ve hired to contact all of you) will have the remainder of you contacted by the end of this month.

If we keep up this rate and level of participation, we should hit our goal by September!

We have four class gift initiatives. The DMP and Naval Academy Fund are projected to easily bust through their goals. Where we still need help is with the Sports & Rehabilitation Centre, and the Project-Based Learning initiatives. Here’s a reminder for both:

  • $2.5 Million raised will support the 1972 Athletic Facility and Excellence Fund. Do you remember “Misery Hall?” The place we used to go to get taped up, rubbed down, and otherwise repaired so we could continue to compete in our chosen sports. Our gift will support construction of the Terwilliger Physical Mission Center which, if we meet our $2.5 million goal, will house the 1972 Sports Performance and Rehabilitation Center (with our name on the door!) – the new ’72 Misery Hall that will serve all mids, not just varsity athletes.
  • $750,000 raised will support the 1972 Project Based Learning Fund. Our gift will support hardware and logistic costs for capstone projects required of all engineering majors. Interdisciplinary teams of mids conceive, design, build, test, and sometimes redesign, rebuild and retest autonomous land, air and sea vehicles, low-earth-orbit satellites, cockpits of the future, remote sensing systems, and other things we never dreamed possible as mids!

If you’ve already been contacted but haven’t yet received your packet with the Pledge Form…or don’t want to wait for your call from Catapult, here’s a web-link where you can print off our Pledge Form and mail it in:

Keep up the great work guys…and thanks!

Jeffrey Beard