University Advancement

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’s annual fundraising totals rose nearly 25 percent in FY2017

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., August 22, 2017 — Annual fundraising at Drury University increased by 24.8 percent during the 2016-17 fiscal year, as gifts and commitments totaling $9,416,023 were made to the institution compared to $7,540,529 the prior year.

The total represents one of the school’s best annual fundraising efforts in recent memory. The increase over the previous year is due in part to a five-fold rise in planned gifts, which totaled $4,285,000 this year, compared to $805,000 in FY 2016.

“We are grateful for the trust that our alumni and donors have in Drury and for their commitment to the university’s future,” says Wayne Chipman, executive vice president for advancement. “Over the past year, we’ve made an effort to increase engagement with alumni on several fronts, including through events in Springfield and around the country that have been well attended. The dollar amounts are wonderful to see, but above all else I am truly pleased to see so many fellow Drury alumni reconnecting with our alma mater.”

“Drury’s road forward to its preferred horizon has always been a course charted in great part by alumni,” says Drury president Dr. Tim Cloyd. “It is the alumni who continually pave this road for future generations to travel as they seek out their own horizons, and their own preferred futures.”

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Annual 531 Challenge enters its final stretch before May 31 deadline

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., May 25, 2017 — Drury University’s annual 531 Challenge is now in its final week. Alumni and friends have just seven days remaining to capitalize on an excellent opportunity to make their donations go further in support of today’s Drury students and tomorrow’s leaders.

Now in its fourth year, the 531 Challenge is an intense month of fundraising before the end of the fiscal year on May 31. All donations made to Drury during May count toward the 531 Challenge, which does not have a specific dollar goal but rather seeks to boost participation amongst donors.

 

“Our goal is 531 donors by May 31, and as of today we have a total of nearly 400,” said Andrea Battaglia, director – annual fund and alumni relations. “We’re counting on our alumni and other supporters to help us reach our participation goal and lock in a matching gift of $50,000.”

The 531 Challenge features a generous matching gift from Walter and Susan George and the George Family Foundation. Susan is a 1980 Drury graduate. Walter earned a Drury degree in 1979 and is a member of Drury’s Board of Trustees. The Foundation will make a gift of $50,000 if at least 531 people give, regardless of the amount, during the Challenge.

For more information about giving, go to https://alumni.drury.edu/531Challenge or call the Office of University Advancement at (417) 873-7353.

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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.

Third annual “531 Challenge” boosts participation rate, dollar amount raised

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., June 23, 2016 — Drury University’s third annual “531 Challenge” fundraising campaign exceeded its participation goal with 644 total donors, a 5 percent increase over last year.

The 531 Challenge began in April with the goal of 531 donors giving at any level before the last day of May – 5/31 on the calendar. Drury alumna Bobbi Springer ’49 committed to a challenge gift of $50,000 if the participation goal was met. In all, the challenge raised more than $212,000 – a 15 percent increase over last year’s total. The funds will help build academic success, support student engagement, and provide student scholarships.

“We were delighted with the energy surrounding this year’s challenge and are thankful for our alumni and friends who helped Drury exceed this important goal,” said Andrea Battaglia, Director of Annual Giving. “The 531 event encouraged participation rather than a specific dollar amount, and we know that our alumni and friends care deeply about supporting the experiences of Drury students today and in the future.”

“We were thrilled that Drury alumna Bobbi Springer provided the challenge gift this year in honor of her husband Wallace (Wally) Springer ’47, who served Drury as a Trustee from 1978 to 2004 and served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees,” said Judy Thompson, Counsel to the President for Stewardship and Major Gifts. “Bobbi is so proud of her Drury ties and said it was an honor to provide this challenge gift.”

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