Success of campaign will help send more caddies to college

Generous donors have helped the Match Play Challenge achieve an eighth consecutive record-breaking year, as the Evans Scholars Foundation’s major gifts initiative raised more than $15 million in 2018.

The 77 Match Play Partners who each made commitments of $50,000 or greater in 2018 led the way. Their leadership gifts were pooled and used to match the gifts of $2,500 and greater the Foundation received last year.

The Match Play Challenge has been a game-changer for the Foundation, accounting for more than $91 million in total commitments since it launched in 2011.

This tremendous support comes at a time when families across the country are struggling to meet the cost of college tuition. Young men and women nationwide are applying for the Evans Scholarship in record numbers each year, with more than 810 applying last year alone.

Annual program costs will reach $23 million for the 985 Scholars in school this year, and that figure is projected to rise by at least $1.5 million each year as the Foundation pursues a goal of having 1,000 Scholars in school, living in community, by 2020.

WGA Director Mike Keiser, who led the development of the Match Play Challenge in 2011, served as the campaign’s Honorary Chair again in 2018. The sustained success of this initiative will help the Foundation achieve the promising goals it has set for the future.

These goals include establishing the Evans Scholars Program at additional universities, providing community living opportunities for all Scholars and developing a full continuum of support that will include everything from caddie training programs to career mentorship.

“For our goals to be reached, it is essential to continue to raise more tuition dollars through these major gift efforts,” said Bill Kingore, Senior Vice President, Development & Strategy. “Our Evans Scholars are succeeding in the classroom and achieving at the highest level. It is our privilege to help these deserving young men and women, and we are determined to work to help more caddies receive a college education. It’s an exciting time for us and we are looking forward to building on this success in 2019.”

For more information on the Match Play Challenge, please contact Bill Kingore at 224-260-3712 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


2018 Match Play Partners

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Sam & Marsha Allen

Mary Ann & Looe Baker III

Mike & Diane Beemer

The Binzer Family

Ed & Peggy Bonach

Kenneth & Jacqueline Brody

Steve & Karis Colnitis

Glenda & Fritz Corrigan

Mr. & Mrs. Dominic Curcio

Matthew J. Desch

Kathy & Bill Doyle

Dresner Foundation

Craig J. Duchossois

Thomas J. & Karen A. Falk

Dr. & Mrs. Eugene F. Fama

Robert E. & Georganne Foss

Jim & Karen Frank

John E. & Barbara C. Gallina

James L. & Mary Garard

John & Carolyn Gehring

Tom & Taylor Gleitsman

Dan & Kathy Harmon

Peter & Pat Haug

Susan & Jack Hogge

Jack & Karen Holland

Martin P. & Julie Hughes

Dave & Kathy Kammerer in memory of Matt Kammerer

Susan & Thomas Kearney

Mike & Lindy Keiser

Mr. and Mrs. Scott Kilrea

Jason & Peggy Kinander

King Family Foundation

J. Andrew & Susan Langan

Mr. & Mrs. Don Law

Jack & Jama Lintol

Mr. & Mrs. Daniel F. Lisowski

Thomas L. Mallman

Scott Malpass

John & Jean Matovina

Alan & Vrissiis Matula

Patrick & Meredith McCormack

Thomas & Jae Miske

Dr. David & Lola Monson

Thomas & Susan Moran

Francis W. & Susan B. Morley

George & Vicki Muellner

Frank & Janet Nessinger

One8 Foundation

Hewitt Pate

Dan & Vicki Pawlowski

Jim & Molly Perry

Rita & Leroy “Pete” Peterson

Mary Petrovich

Bruce & Deborah Pfaff

Dr. James E. Piereson

John & Cynthia Ply

The Frank Polizzi Family

Quest Fund

Jerry & Keith Rich

Therese & John Rigas

Roger W. Sandstrom

Marge & Charles J. Schott Foundation

Elizabeth, Allen & Warren Shelden Fund

Kathleen & Jim Skinner

Martin Snitzer

The Solich Fund

The Stroiman Family

Larry & Monica Thuet

Reed & Rosemary Tupper

Daniel & Clea Van Voorhis

John P. Ver Bockel & Kathleen Carbonara

Jerry Warner

Bill & Tracy Wheeler