Catfight Giving Challenge

Drury, SBU smash previous fundraising totals in Catfight Giving Challenge

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 15, 2017 — Alumni and friends of Drury and Southwest Baptist universities raised a total of $191,941.11 for student scholarships and financial aid during the fourth annual Bank of Bolivar Catfight Giving Challenge. Each school raised much more than in previous years. SBU came out ahead of Drury, raising $108,956 compared to $82,985.11. The Bank of Bolivar contributed a combined $3,000 to the challenge.

“The real winners are the Drury and SBU students who will benefit from the record-breaking amount the two schools raised through the giving challenge,” says Wayne Chipman, executive vice president for university advancement at Drury. “Together, we raised more this year than the past three years combined. In the end, we are proud to celebrate the great generosity shown and benefits realized from this event by our two universities.”

The fundraising event has become an annual challenge adding to the longstanding on-court rivalry between the Panther and Bearcat basketball teams. The schools sought to raise $13,000 each over the 13 days leading up to game. The final push for donations took place during Tuesday’s Catfight double-header at SBU.

“This event continues to grow and has become a hallmark of the annual basketball game,” said Dr. Tim Cloyd, President at Drury University, “This exciting challenge helps both schools benefit in serving our students.”

Funds raised will support the Annual Drury Experience Fund that ensures scholarships and financial aid for Drury’s growing enrollment that requires more financial aid and has a stronger academic aptitude than ever before.

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Catfight Giving Challenge raises money for student scholarships, financial aid

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 7, 2017 — Drury University is gearing up to take on Southwest Baptist University in the highly anticipated annual Highway 13 Catfight basketball game on Nov. 14. The rivalry goes beyond the basketball court again this year as both universities compete in the Bank of Bolivar Catfight Giving Challenge, an annual fundraising competition. Last year, Drury won the Catfight Giving Challenge by raising $78,343.

The Bank of Bolivar Catfight Giving Challenge concludes at the end of halftime of the Drury vs. SBU men’s basketball game that evening, where the winner will be announced.

Donations to the Catfight challenge will support Drury student scholarships and financial aid as a part of the Annual Drury Experience Fund, filling an essential need for Drury students. Support provided by the Annual Drury Experience Fund is more important than ever, as this year’s incoming freshman class has the highest average ACT score and largest financial need seen in recent years.

“The Annual Drury Experience Fund has an invaluable impact on the lives of students as no student pays the entire cost of a Drury education. Generosity of alumni, parents, and friends make the Drury experience possible during this exciting time,” said Wayne Chipman, Executive Vice President for University Advancement.

Drury supporters can help boost the university to victory by making a gift at Drury.edu/catfight. Alumni and friends are encouraged to make their gift and encourage friends and classmates to donate through the duration of the challenge.

All donations to the Catfight Challenge must be received by Drury before halftime of the men’s basketball game on Nov. 14 in order to count as part of the competition.

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Drury bests Southwest Baptist in third annual CatFight Giving Challenge

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., November 16, 2016 — Alumni and supporters of Drury and Southwest Baptist universities raised a combined total of more than $104,000 during the third annual Bank of Bolivar CatFight Giving Challenge. Drury came out on top in the friendly competition, raising $78,343 to SBU’s $25,689. Bank of Bolivar has also contributed $2,000 to Drury as the competition’s winner and $500 to SBU.

Drury President Dr. Tim Cloyd receives a check from Bill Owen, Senior Vice President of Bank of Bolivar.

Drury President Dr. Tim Cloyd receives a check from Bill Owen, Senior Vice President of Bank of Bolivar, at halftime of the DU-SBU men’s basketball game.

The fundraising event has become an annual challenge adding to the longstanding on-court rivalry between the Panther and Bearcat basketball teams. The schools sought to raise $13,000 each over the 13 days leading up to game and aggressively surpassed their goals. The final push for donations took place during Tuesday’s CatFight double-header at Drury’s O’Reilly Family Event Center. Drury won both the men’s and women’s basketball games on the court as well.

“Drury Panthers rallied together to achieve victory in this year’s challenge,” said Wayne Chipman, Executive Vice President of University Advancement at Drury. “We were impressed with the support from our alumni and friends who rose to the challenge and supported annual student scholarships. This is a great competition between the two schools and a special thanks goes to Bank of Bolivar for encouraging this friendly competition.”

Money raised by Drury will support students through the Annual Drury Experience Fund. Money raised by SBU will go to the university’s annual scholarship fund.

The Annual Drury Experience Fund is an effort to raise $1.5 million in annual scholarship and financial aid support for students with limited financial resources. Gifts to the Annual Drury Experience Fund will:

  • Increase the number of students who receive financial support.
  • Provide engaged learning experiences and leadership development opportunities for students.
  • Create opportunities for students to continue their education and improve their desired skills.
  • Provide professional connections and skills development for students.
  • Award stipends for field research, classroom travel and business partnerships.
  • Provide on-site, real-world, engaged learning and professional development for students.

For more information about Advancement at Drury, visit alumni.drury.edu.

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Media Contact: Andrea Battaglia, Director of Annual Giving & Alumni Relations – (417) 873-7353 or abattaglia@drury.edu.

Drury & SBU alumni compete in third annual Catfight Giving Challenge

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 2, 2016 — Drury University Panthers and Southwest Baptist University Bearcats are battling to raise money in the third annual Bank of Bolivar Catfight Giving Challenge. Alumni and donors are urged to raise $13,000 for their respective school in the days leading up to the annual Catfight men’s and women’s basketball games on Nov. 15 at the O’Reilly Family Event Center at Drury.

Donations toward the challenge can begin today. Bank of Bolivar is the sponsor of this year’s challenge and will be a partner until 2018.

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“The Bank of Bolivar Catfight Giving Challenge has become another layer of friendly rivalry between Drury and SBU,” said Andrea Battaglia, Director of Annual Giving & Alumni Relations. “This is a great competition between schools and in the end, students at both universities will benefit from the scholarship donations raised.”

Drury University will host a tailgate event to build support for the basketball teams and the Giving Challenge at 4:30 p.m., Nov. 15, before the start of the women’s game at 5:30 p.m. The men’s game begins at 7:30 p.m.

Donations will continue to be accepted through half time at the men’s basketball game. Drury alumni and friends can give at https://alumni.drury.edu/catfight. All Drury donations benefit the Drury Experience Fund, which is an effort to raise $1.5 million in annual scholarship and financial aid support for students with limited financial resources. Gifts to the Drury Experience Fund will:

  • Increase the number of students who receive financial support.
  • Provide engaged learning experiences and leadership development opportunities for students.
  • Create opportunities for students to continue their education and improve their desired skills.
  • Provide professional connections and skills development for students.
  • Award stipends for field research, classroom travel and business partnerships.
  • Provide on-site, real-world, engaged learning and professional development for students.

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Media Contact: Andrea Battaglia, Director of Annual Giving & Alumni Relations – (417) 873-7353 or abattaglia@drury.edu.

SBU comes out on top in inaugural CatFight Giving Challenge

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 18, 2014 — Alumni and supporters of Drury and Southwest Baptist universities raised a total of $21,535 during the inaugural Highway 13 CatFight Giving Challenge. SBU came out on top in the friendly competition, raising $13,161 to Drury’s $8,375.

The fundraising event was a new addition this year to the longstanding on-court rivalry between the Panther and Bearcat basketball teams. The schools sought to raise $13,000 each over the course of six days. The final push for donations took place during tonight’s CatFight double-header at the O’Reilly Family Event Center.

“We’re excited about this new event and plan to do it again, so look for the rivalry to continue next year,” said Andrea Battaglia, director of annual giving and alumni relations at Drury. “This is a great competition between the two schools and, in the end, students at both universities will benefit.”

Money raised by Drury will support students through the Drury Fund and the athletics fund. Money raised by SBU will go to the university’s annual scholarship fund.

For more information about Development & Alumni Relations at Drury, visit alumni.drury.edu.

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CatFight Giving Challenge adds new dimension to Drury-SBU rivalry

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 10, 2014 — Drury University in Springfield and Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar are taking their on-court basketball rivalry, the Highway 13 CatFight, to a new level this year by adding the CatFight Giving Challenge. The universities have a goal of raising $13,000 each in this fundraising contest.

The challenge begins Thursday, Nov. 13, and concludes at the end of halftime of the Drury vs. SBU men’s basketball game Tuesday, Nov. 18. The winner will be announced at the end of the men’s game.

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Money raised by Drury will be split between the university’s annual fund and athletics fund.

“Drury’s annual fund supports a wide range of academic needs for our students, from classroom materials to merit scholarships. The athletics fund helps us continue to support our outstanding scholar-athletes across all sports,” says Dr. David Manuel, Drury’s president. “This fundraising competition adds a truly beneficial and meaningful component to what’s already a really fun rivalry on the court.”

Money raised by SBU will go to the university’s annual scholarship fund.

“Ninety-eight percent of our students receive some type of scholarship or financial assistance, and contributions given to this fund will make it possible for more students to attend SBU, where they will receive an education in a Christ-centered, caring academic community,” said Dr. C. Pat Taylor, president of Southwest Baptist University. “I am so thankful that Bearcats give back to our university.”

Both universities are encouraging online donations during this six-day challenge. Drury donations can be made at alumni.drury.edu/catfight, and SBU donations can be made at www.SBUniv.edu/catfight. Alumni and friends of the university are encouraged to make a donation and then challenge other alumni and friends to donate, as well.

Cash or check donations must be received by the universities before halftime of the men’s basketball game on Nov. 18 in order to count as part of the competition.

For more information, contact Andrea Battaglia, director of annual giving and alumni relations at Drury, at (417) 873-7353 or abattaglia@drury.edu; or Megan Hibma, assistant director of annual fund at SBU, at (417) 328-1801 or mhibma@SBUniv.edu.

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