In another banner year for the Hofstra Pride Club, the fundraising arm of the University’s Department of Athletics set a record with more than 1.1 million dollars in cash funds raised. That total marked an increase of 13% in cash funds raised from last year.
“We are thrilled with the continued support that the Hofstra Pride Club receives from its very generous members,” commented Hofstra Vice President and Director of Athletics Jeffrey A. Hathaway. “The importance of the Hofstra Pride Club cannot be overstated and is never taken for granted. We are excited about the future direction of the Pride Club. I would personally like to thank Pride Club President Colonel Woycik on his strong leadership during the past year and, in addition, we deeply appreciate the Pride Club Board of Directors and every member of this outstanding organization. We now turn our attention to an even bigger and better and more successful 2013-14. The funds raised by the Hofstra Pride Club continues to allow the University to support our various academic and athletic initiatives for the Hofstra student-athletes.”
The Pride Club fundraising year concluded on May 31, along with its highly successful Former Student-Athlete Participation Challenge. The fourth year of the thriving alumni giving program was the most successful to date as the Pride Club received more than 510 gifts from former student-athletes. This total giving percentage of former student-athletes increased to nearly 15% in 2012-13 (from 13% in 2011-12).
The Hofstra Women’s Soccer team continued its dominance as it won the overall competition for the fourth consecutive year with 66% of its alumnae giving back to the program. In the Young Alumni competition among our former student-athletes who graduated between 2003-12, the Hofstra Men’s Soccer program had an incredible 85% of their young alumni donate. In the final competition, the Hofstra Women’s Golf team earned the victory in the Increase Competition (percentage of alumni participation from previous year to this year) as their program saw a 43% increase from the 2011-12 year.
The Former Student-Athlete Participation Challenge was just the culmination of what was already an outstanding year for the Hofstra Pride Club. Membership in the Pride Club eclipsed the 1,000-mark for the second consecutive year and gifts to the Annual Fund (which does not include capital and endowed gifts) increased 16%.
The Pride Club’s signature fundraising event, the Hofstra Pride Golf Classic and Auction, honored President Colonel E. David Woycik while raising a record total of over $100,000.
The Hofstra Pride Club’s Blue and Gold Society (BGS) continued to flourish with nearly $500,000 (44% of total cash funds raised) in cash gifts being contributed to the Pride Club in 2012-13. The BGS serves as the leadership multi-year fundraising program to support the Hofstra Department of Athletics. BGS members are committed to further enhancing Hofstra Athletics by providing the additional resources to win championships and deliver a positive academic and athletic experience for all Hofstra student-athletes.
Woycik will once again serve as the president of the Pride Club for the next two years. Also elected to Pride Club leadership positions were Vice President Daniel DeStefano, Treasurer John Frew and Secretary Linda Wing-Caruso.
“It’s been a great year for Hofstra Athletics and the Hofstra Pride Club,” mentioned Pride Club President Dave Woycik. “I appreciate all the hard work by our student-athletes, coaches and Pride Club members, and congratulate them all for their successes this year. As the Hofstra Pride Club president, I am committed to working with and for you for the next two years and thank you for making Hofstra the best place to achieve academic and athletic excellence.”
For more information about supporting the academic and athletic experiences of Hofstra student-athletes through the Hofstra Pride Club, please contact James Barone at (516) 463-6144 or or make a contribution online.