From Barry Faircloth

4.8 Million LEDs, One Big Transformation


The 2017-18 men’s and women’s basketball season has ushered in a dramatic change for our fans. This summer, the $4 million LED display transformation project was completed, featuring: an entirely new centerhung configuration with a 360 degree LED ring above the four main displays, 360 degree ribbon boards, LED scorer’s tables, vomitory LEDs, four cornerRead more »

The Power of Small Group Conversations


Over the past few years, small group events have become a growing trend within the Deacon Club and our membership population. Primarily member-hosted, we have seen events held in members’ homes, offices, country clubs and favorite restaurants, just to name a few. Proven to be multifaceted in the benefits they provide, it has been amazingRead more »

Tax Reform & Your Giving to the Deacon Club


As you may be aware, the recent passing of tax reform legislation will likely impact your charitable giving to the Deacon Club. Since these changes will not take effect until January 1, 2018, you may want to consider the following to obtain maximum benefits under current tax law: With new legislation changing tax rates and modifying the charitableRead more »

Celebrate the Deacs in the Postseason!


In 2010, the Wake Forest Athletic Department embarked on the most ambitious and successful fundraising campaign in its history. To date, the Wake Will campaign has generated more than $213 million in support of our student-athletes. Much of this impact can be seen firsthand on campus with the incredible facilities that have been completed orRead more »

Deacon Connectors: A New Initiative


For the past few weeks, our Deacon Club team has been reading “The Power of Who.” The central theme of this book is that, rather than searching far and wide for new contacts to help us succeed, we already know everyone we need to know to achieve our desired goals. This message alludes to theRead more »

Looking Ahead: Goals for the Remainder of the Wake Will Lead Campaign


In the blink of an eye, six years have passed and roughly $215 million has been raised for our deserving student-athletes since the start of the Wake Will campaign. Without the support of our loyal and passionate Deacon Club members, we would certainly not be where we are today, with 16 capital projects completed orRead more »

The Impact of Your Support


It’s hard to believe that the fall sports season is already upon us. Many of our teams have had an exciting start to the year—football is 2-0, volleyball won the Wake Forest Invitational and men’s soccer, women’s soccer and field hockey are nationally ranked. As I look at our recent successes, I can’t help butRead more »

A Graduation Reflection


In enjoying these warm summer days, it’s hard to believe that it’s already been over a month since Commencement 2017 occurred. Graduation is a thought-provoking time in many ways, not just for the students, but for myself and the staff, as well. While our graduating student-athletes reflect on their overall Wake Forest experiences and lookRead more »

Former Student-Athletes Pay It Forward


On April 27, the Deacon Club launched its first-ever Former Student-Athlete Giving Challenge. This initiative stemmed from the idea of wanting to further engage our student-athlete alumni, all while creating a fun competition for them, as well as the coaches, to partake in. Through this challenge, each sport was competing in three separate categories, eachRead more »

May 31 Is Not Only a Giving Deadline, but an Opportunity


As our spring sports approach post-season play and our personal calendars begin filling up with summer travel and vacation plans, May feels like a month when one chapter closes and another opens. From a college athletics standpoint, we start thinking about graduation and celebrating the student-athletes who have earned a degree and are leaving campusRead more »

Turning a Vision into Reality


April 20 marked the ceremonial groundbreaking of the Sutton Sports Performance Center and Shah Basketball Complex. These facilities comprise the final phases of the Sports Performance Complex, which consists of McCreary Field House, Doc Martin Practice Fields, Shah Basketball Complex and Sutton Sports Performance Center, with a total project cost of $70 million. The nightRead more »

The Key to Our Success


As you have hopefully seen by now, the Deacon Club has reached a momentous milestone in raising over $200 million since July 2010. When I think about how we have achieved this level of success, one of the first things that comes to mind is the support of our volunteers. From serving on our boardsRead more »