The Dan Meyer Golf Classic, the Minnesota State Blue Line Club's annual fundraising event for men's and women's hockey, takes place today (Monday, July 27) at the Mankato Golf Club. But the big campaign to raise money for the finishes at the the Verizon Wireless Center, as well as for other "competitive needs" is well underway.
Last week (while Puckato was on vacation), MSU announced the first major gift to the private donor campaign, as the David Christensen and Jill Evans Fund gave $50,000 to the program through the Mankato Area Foundation.
"We are grateful to David and Jill for taking the lead on this," Mavericks coach Mike Hastings said in a statement. "We have had good visits with a number of other prospective donors, and we hope this commitment will ramp up further interest in helping us achieve our fundraising goals. This initiative is critical to our ability to sustain and build upon our current level of success."
The campaign is raising funds for furnishings, fixtures and equipment that will be in the new team spaces currently under construction at the arena. MSU hopes to raise up to $1 million, with funding for the NCAA's newly allowed full cost of attendance scholarships, as well as summer school grant-in-aid support, also being addressed.
"David and Jill's generosity is a great example of the passion they have for the community and the university," MSU athletic director Kevin Buisman said in the press release. "Their enthusiastic support is greatly appreciated. Their gift is a nice starting point for us, and we hope it will spur others to join the effort."