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Green and Gold Club athletic fund drive begins Tuesday

The 41th annual BHSU athletic fund drive sponsored by the Green and Gold Club begins Tuesday, April 25 and continues through Thursday, May 11.

The Green and Gold Club spring fund raiser is the driving force for athletic scholarship funds at Black Hills State University. Last year they raised approximately $168,000. The club's goal this year is to up the ante to $211,000.

The kickoff lunch will be held Tuesday, April 25 in the hall of fame room at the Young Center. Guest speakers include BH athletes Shana Moffett, Lisa Bomengen, Brant Miller, Melissa Braegger, and Burke Binning.

Funds from the drive will be awarded to athletes participating in the 2000-2001 athletic season. Steve Meeker, institutional advancement director at BHSU, and his staff are organizing the drive.

Meeker said this year, in addition to the traditional fund drive of acquiring pledges from individuals and businesses, the organization is once again seeking sponsorships to help reach the goal.

Sponsorships provide businesses an opportunity to display a banner at Lyle Hare Stadium (football) and at the Young Center (basketball) at all regular home games. Sponsors receive a public address announcement at all home regular season games and tickets to athletic events at BHSU. Sponsors will also be listed on the back of all game programs.

The success of the fund drive is the result of the dedication and hard work of many volunteers, says

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Meeker. The club is expecting another successful campaign and appreciates any contribution regardless of the amount.

Forty-nine volunteers will be contacting businesses and individuals for scholarship contributions. Volunteers will be competing for a $500 airfare gift certificate.

Contributions will be categorized by gift amount received. The gift categories are as follows: All-American Club, $3,500 plus; Yellow Jacket Club $2,500 to $3,499; President's Club, $1,000 to $2,499; Executive's Club, $750 to $999; Captain's Club, $500 to $749; Green Beret's Club, $300 to $499; Gold Beret's Club $150 to $299; Jacket Backer's Club, $100 to $149 and Stinger's Club, $99 or less.

Contributions to the scholarship fund may be made by check, cash or by credit card. Contributions can be paid in full or by monthly or quarterly installments. University faculty and staff may contribute through the payroll deduction plan.

Businesses interested in sponsorships should contact Meeker for information.

"It's not only an opportunity for businesses or corporations to support the university's athletic program, but it offers them something in return in the form of advertising."

Information on the Green and Gold fund drive is available by contacting Steve Meeker at 642-6385.