BGSU to launch fundraising campaign for hockey

Report indicates support for program

Bowling Green State University announced today that its hockey program will continue to be a part of the University’s tradition and culture.

Based on the recent findings from a fundraising feasibility report, the University will proceed with plans for a campaign to raise $5 million for the hockey program and the BGSU Ice Arena.

The report by Bentz Whaley Flessner, which was presented to BGSU President Carol Cartwright this week, indicates the hockey program at BGSU has strong support.

“We are committed to hockey at BGSU,” Cartwright said. “It is apparent that the hockey program is a treasured part of our history, and we have assured our former and current hockey players and the community that the program will continue.

“This campaign will be a top priority for me. The reality is that there is a direct relationship between the success of the campaign and the success of the program,” she added.

The fundraising campaign will be overseen by University advancement. According to Marcia Sloan Latta, interim vice president for University advancement, it will begin immediately.

“Over the next 18 months, we hope to raise $2 million for hockey scholarships,” Latta said. “We will establish a campaign committee, identify a chair or co-chairs, determine an overall campaign plan and secure the necessary leadership gifts.”

The campaign will continue beyond the 18 months to raise additional money, according to Latta.
 
“With the extremely difficult economic times in Ohio and the nation, we have decided to focus our efforts on making the necessary improvements to the Ice Arena and putting the hockey program on sure footing,” she explained. “We view this as a multiphase effort that will allow us to launch further endowments as the economy rebounds.”

The $4 million appropriated by the state and the University will aid in the renovation of the Ice Arena to upgrade the compressors, chillers and infrastructure. Additional improvements will be considered based on the Ice Arena's business performance and the interest of private donors in supporting the arena.

“The fundraising effort for hockey will need to be a group effort, from alumni, Falcon supporters and the local community,” Cartwright said. “We hope the community will be eager to join the effort.”

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(Posted September 11, 2009 )