Phone-a-thons raise over $35,000 for ETSU Kickoff Fund

Thursday, August 08, 2013

ETSU football players reconnect to raise dollars for new program

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Aug. 8, 2013) – Over the course of two phone-a-thons held during the past week, ETSU football alumni teamed up to raise more than $35,000 for the ETSU Football Kickoff Fund.

The phone-a-thons were held on campus, featuring former ETSU football players calling their former teammates and fellow pigskin alums.

The former ETSU football players who participated in the campaign included Craig Charles, Chad Fleeman, Jerry Jones, Jeremy Carcich, Ken York, Matt Wilhjelm, Kelvin Thomas, Justin Smith, Richy Walker, Brock Pittman, Chris Reddick, Scott Mamo, Jeff Davis, Derek Fudge, Richard Hall, Rob Simpson, Gerald Sensabaugh and Scott Butler.

Building off the first phone-a-thon on July 30, which raised over $14,000 for the Kickoff Fund, the second event on Aug. 6 saw more than $20,000 pledged, raising the week sum to over $35,000.

In total, 100 individual pledges for the Kickoff Fund have been counted for the two sessions, including both one-time and recurring gifts. A number of recurring pledges requested follow ups in the next few months and some agreed to three-year contracts leading up to the start of football.

Kickoff Fund events will continue with private dinners, including one at Our House on Aug. 16, and additional phone-a-thons in the coming months. The positive effect of the reemergence of the football program has also trickled down to the university as a whole, as gifts to the general fund via phone-a-thons have quadrupled in the past few months.

During the phone-a-thons, food was provided for the workers by Robin Lynch and Farmhouse Galleries, as well as t-shirts by Tim Mullins and Walgreens.

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