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 boards and councils—otherwise known as the Volunteer Army—to volunteering in our office, our members have provided us with tremendous support that goes above and beyond their donations. One particular area of support that has recently become increasingly popular is donor-hosted small group events. These intimate gatherings have taken place at donors’ homes, offices, country clubs or even favorite restaurants with the purpose of engaging Deacon Club members, providing opportunities to build stronger relationships and ultimately growing resources for our student-athletes.
A recent example of this type of event was hosted by Deacon Club Board of Directors member Lydia Vaughan and her husband, Keith. Graciously hosted at the Vaughan home, this event served as a game-watch for a men’s basketball game while providing an opportunity for a conversation about Athletics planned giving, one of the simplest and most opportunistic outlets for donors to make a transformational gift to Wake Forest Athletics.
For some small group events, Wake Forest coaches are even able to make an appearance. Last spring, several Deacon Club members jointly sponsored a small group event in NYC prior to a Wake Will campaign event. Coach Manning was able to attend the event, providing remarks and even taking a Q&A from attendees. This event was a wonderful opportunity for Deacon Club members to get together and hear updates about Wake Forest Athletics while identifying new ways for both members and non-members to get involved.
I encourage you all to consider how you might get more involved with the Deacon Club. If you are interested in hosting a small group event in your area, please contact our office at 336.758.5851.
You support is crucial to our continued success and ability to Develop Champions. On behalf of the entire Athletic Department, thank you for all that you have done to get us to $200 million. There is still a lot to be done, but I am confident that together we can make it happen.