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Citadel News Service
21 Apr 2011

Class of 2011: What would you do with $10?

What would you do with $10? Go to a movie? Out to dinner?

The Class of 2011 is hoping that the 400-plus cadets in the class, their friends and supporters will consider giving it to the Senior Class Gift Project. The goal is to raise $11,000 – that’s $10,000 to name the billiards room in Mark Clark Hall in honor of the senior class and $1,000 to make the gift an even $11,000 for the Class of 2011.

Class President Cadet Steven Munoz said the cadets considered several ways to leave a lasting legacy to the college. They decided to create a dedicated place where cadets can go to relax, watch TV and hang out during study breaks. In years past the Reception Room in Mark Clark, with its sofas, chairs and widescreen televisions, was a popular cadet hangout. It is also a popular place for receptions and other events, which often leaves cadets with nowhere to go when they want to kick back.

“We decided to take a room that is rarely used and turn it into a space that cadets will enjoy using,” Munoz said. “We looked at a lot of rooms that we could name it in honor of the Class of 2011 and settled on the billiards room.”

The fundraising campaign got under way on April 6. Seniors are asked to donate $40, making payments of $10 a week for four weeks or $10 a month for four months to make giving easy on the wallet.

The senior class hopes to raise the $11,000 by the end of the month. About $1,500 has been raised so far. Munoz said his class will present the total raised to date at the May 7 commencement exercises, and they will continue to raise money over the next year until they reach the $11,000 goal.

The Citadel Foundation is working with the senior class officers and has been hosting weekly activities to get cadets involved and excited about the fundraising effort.

“This is the first class to embark on a Senior Class Gift Campaign to improve the campus for future cadets,” said Elizabeth Wyatt, assistant director of annual giving at The Citadel Foundation. “We invite the entire Corps of Cadets to make donations because they will reap the benefits of having the billiards room transformed into a room they can enjoy.”

Anyone can donate to the Class of 2011 Senior Gift Project by visiting the Foundation online at https://foundation.citadel.edu/2011senior. Online giving is encouraged but if you prefer to send a check, make it out to The Citadel Foundation and mail it to the The Citadel Foundation, 171 Moultrie Street, Charleston, S.C. 29409. Please write “Senior Class Gift” in the memo field or on an enclosed note.

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