Building on the unprecedented momentum of the Preserving the Legacy capital campaign - which has brought in more than $16 million to date - organizers of the 2002 Alumni Phonathon have set their highest goal ever: $100,000 for the phoning fest that begins Sunday, Jan. 20, and runs through Thursday, Feb. 7.
"We have no less than 16 student groups that have volunteered to make calls," said Steve Zinram, director of the annual fund and coordinator of the drive, "and they're all eager to do their part for what we think will be a record-setting phonathon. In addition, members of the Alumni Board and the Alumni Association will also be making calls."
Last year's phonathon exceeded its goal of $75,000, bringing in $80,152 in pledges. The number of pledges in 2001 was 1,516, compared to 1,016 in 2000, and this year's goal is 1,800 pledges. The 2002 phonathon is a component of the Annual Fund portion of the Preserving the Legacy campaign.
Gifts raised by calling are undesignated and may be applied to various aspects of the campaign. However, Zinram said alumni will still have the option of making a designated gift if they so choose. A unique feature of this year's phonathon will be the 75th Anniversary lapel pin, which will be offered as an added incentive to participate.
Other members of the phonathon team are Pat Liebel, Gary Peterson, Jeanette
Britt and Tammy Gandolfo.