WMU News

Gary Athletic Fund drive underway

April 21, 2003

KALAMAZOO -- The 2003 Mike Gary Athletic Fund drive began April 16 with the goal of raising $775,000 to support Western Michigan University's 20 men's and women's varsity teams.

A group of about 40 volunteers are soliciting donations by telephone through May 1. Funds raised are used to provide scholarships, to enhance recruiting budgets and for equipment purchases. Chairing the 49th annual drive is Charlie Miller, a retired State Farm agent and a long-time Gary Fund volunteer. Assisting Miller is chair-elect Fred Sitkins, a professor in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

"I've been watching the Broncos since 1954, when I first came to town, and have worked with the Gary Fund for more than 20 years," said Miller. "We've always been able to meet our goals in the past, and I'm looking forward to working with the committee and volunteers in meeting this year's goal."

For more information about donations or volunteer activities, contact Jerry George, director of development for intercollegiate athletics at (269) 387-3057 or <jerry.george@wmich.edu>.

Media contact: Daniel Jankowski, 269 387-4138, daniel.jankowski@wmich.edu

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