Gaucho Fund Thank-a-Thon Gets Underway This Week

UCSB Athletics is proud to announce that Gaucho student-athletes will begin their annual "Thank-a-Thon" this week starting Tuesday, May 14th and continuing for two weeks.  From 6-8 p.m. student-athletes will be calling to thank donors to the Gaucho Fund -  UCSB Athletics' annual giving program - which supports 500 student-athletes and 20 programs.

The academic season is drawing to a close and in 2012-13 over 800 donors continued to give to UCSB Athletics teams and student-athletes generating over $1.1 million in raised funds to provide scholarships, program resources and general student-athlete services. Over 90 of the 800 donors were at the unique Living Scholar level ($5,000 and above annually) which pairs a donor and a student-athlete - a four-year record number.

"It's been an outstanding season in terms of philanthropic giving to support UCSB Athletics, and once again our student-athletes and coaches appreciate how our donors assist us in complementing the university's mission of being a top-tier institution," said Mark W. Massari, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics. "We are a campus of success and our student-athletes, through the opportunity we provide them, are daily evidence of that."

Two projects were also completed in the past year with the generous gifts from donors including the men's and women's basketball locker room renovations inside the Thunderdome and the establishment of the Jim and Cheryl Barber Academic & Student Success wing in the Intercollegiate Athletics Building.

For the past five years donors have been at the forefront of UCSB Athletics' growth and success in facility improvements and enhancements as part of the comprehensive capital projects plan - The Walk of Champions plan - resulting in the “Curtice Gate” plaza entrance at Harder Stadium honoring legendary football coach Jack Curtice, new field and video board for Harder, the aforementioned renovated men's and women's basketball locker rooms and the Jim and Cheryl Barber Academic & Student Success wing and future new “Gaucho Park” plaza entrance for baseball.

UCSB Athletics is also excited about the recent collaboration with campus for a successful student referendum to provide over $10 million in improvements and maintenance funds for athletics and recreation venues, highlighted by a renovation of Pauley Track.  Several donor recognition and story telling areas of the proud history of Gaucho track and field are planned within renovated Pauley Track as well. Please contact Andy Fee, Sr. Associate Athletics Director at (805) 893-4690 or andy.fee@athletics.ucsb.edu to be part of this important project.

This year also included an easy access to giving to the Gauchos with the launch of gauchofund.com. Gifts supporting athletics are tax deductible and can be made in the form of cash, stock, real estate, or a planned gift.

All donors to the Gaucho Fund receive Dare Magazine, with the next issue due in August, 2013.