Citadel reunions raise more than $3.5 million for college
During Homecoming 2008, The Citadel received $3.53 million in charitable contributions from alumni celebrating class reunions, marking the first time that seven-figure reunion gifts have been given to The Citadel by a returning class.
The classes of 1968 and 1973, each with $1 million fund-raising goals, each presented checks for more than $1.3 million during the weekend of Nov. 14-16, while the classes of 1958, 1978, and 1988 offered gifts totaling $834,262 to support key initiatives at The Military College of South Carolina.
“These efforts are an exceptional way to foster class spirit and unity while giving back to The Citadel," said Charles B. Coe, ’73, chairman of The Citadel Foundation Board of Directors. "Hopefully, these class reunion projects will become a Homecoming tradition, providing new avenues of support for the college's key needs each year."
These reunion campaigns mark a new era in Citadel fundraising, one that emphasizes the importance of giving back to one’s alma mater in a challenging economic climate and declining state support. These campaigns are launched three years prior to the milestone Homecoming by Citadel classes celebrating their 10-, 20-, 30-, 40-, and 50-year reunions.
In recognition of its 40th reunion, the Class of 1968 raised $1,329,585 to support Johnson Hagood Stadium, including the naming rights to the new Bulldog monument on the north concourse, along with contributions toward scholarships and The Citadel Fund, the college's unrestricted annual operating fund.
The Class of 1973 likewise exceeded its goal, raising $1,363,773. Of that, $500,000 is designated to support the stadium and name the two club terraces in honor of the class. Academic scholarships and technology, both campus priorities, will each receive $250,000, with the remainder allocated to a variety of other class interests.
Tripling its $100,000 goal, the Class of 1958 secured $302,169 toward its class scholarship and the stadium revitalization project. The Class of 1978 far exceeded its $197,800 goal with a final gift of $323,917 to support its class athletic and academic scholarships. The Class of 1988, which wanted broad participation from classmates and did not set a specific dollar goal, raised an impressive $208,176 to support a wide variety of campus activities.