Campaign continues to address rising need for the Evans Scholarship

GLENVIEW, IL – The 2021 Match Play Challenge is underway as supporters of the Evans Scholars Foundation are stepping up to provide deserving caddies with the opportunity of a college education. As the major gifts initiative of the annual Par Club fundraising campaign, the Match Play Challenge has been a game-changer in helping send young men and women to college on full tuition and housing scholarships.

With the Western Golf Association and Evans Scholars Foundation continuing to move forward with its long-range plan, the Match Play Challenge is playing a significant role in the Foundation’s plans for growth. In addition, the Match Play Challenge is a critical component of The Promise Campaign, the Foundation’s comprehensive fundraising effort that was publicly launched last October. This past year, a record 1,045 Evans Scholars were enrolled at 19 leading universities nationwide with program costs reaching $25 million.

“We are grateful to all of our supporters who have made generous gifts to the Match Play Challenge,” said WGA Chairman Kevin Buggy. “As we drive to award more Evans Scholarships each year, contributions to the Match Play Challenge will help to support an increasing number of young men and women in their pursuit of a college degree.”

The 2021 Match Play Challenge is building momentum as 64 Match Play Partners have made leadership gifts of $50,000 and greater. These contributions will be pooled and used to match the gifts of $2,500 and greater the Foundation receives this year.

Since its inception in 2011, the Match Play Challenge has raised more than $128 million in support of youth caddies and the Evans Scholars Program.

WGA Director Mike Keiser, who helped lead the development of the Match Play Challenge in 2011, once again is serving as the campaign’s Honorary Chairman in 2021 while supporting the initiative as a Match Play Partner. The sustained success of this initiative will enable the Foundation to increase the number of Scholars in school, establish the Evans Scholars Program at additional universities, provide community living opportunities for all Scholars and develop new caddie training and career mentorship programs.

“We continue to be overwhelmed by the kindness of our supporters and their contributions to the Match Play Challenge,” said Bill Kingore, Executive Vice President. “For us to be able to continue to grow our program, these major gifts are essential in our work to help deserving caddies across the country.”

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..

 

2021 Match Play Partners

as of Aug. 3, 2021

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John H. Barrow
Mike and Diane Beemer
The Binzer Family
Ed and Peggy Bonach
Paul Broder
Kenneth and Jacqueline Brody
Steve and Karis Colnitis
Glenda and Fritz Corrigan
Curcio Family Foundation
Matthew J. Desch
Armond and Kitty Dinverno
Janet and Craig Duchossois
Electri-Flex Co./Jason Kinander
Thomas J. and Karen A. Falk
Dr. and Mrs. Eugene F. Fama
Foglia Family Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Foss
Mr. and Mrs. Rocco Franco
Jim and Karen Frank
John E. and Barbara C. Gallina
Mrs. Mary H. Garard
John and Carolyn Gehring
Tom and Taylor Gleitsman
Josef and Rachel Guzowski
Dan and Kathy Harmon
Jack Holland
Martin P. and Julie Hughes
Jon Jacobson
Jerry and Regina Jurkiewicz
Mark and Mary Ann Kaufman
Mike and Lindy Keiser
Robert E. & Graham O. King
John and Jean Matovina
Gary and Carol Matula
Jack and Susan McCabe
Patrick and Meredith McCormack
Sean Moriarty
Francis W. and Susan B. Morley
Mr. and Mrs. James W. O’Neill
One8 Foundation
Hew and Lindsey Pate
Jim and Molly Perry
Leroy “Pete” Peterson
Mary Petrovich
Bruce and Deborah Pfaff
John and Cynthia Ply
The Frank Polizzi Family
Roger W. Sandstrom
Marge and Charles J. Schott Foundation
Tim Schwertfeger and Gail Waller/Best Portion Foundation
James and Kathleen Skinner
The Solich Fund
W. Fritz and Tracy Souder
Joe and Margie Stigler
The Stroiman Family
Lee E. Tenzer
Reed and Rosemary Tupper
Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Ubben
Daniel and Clea Van Voorhis
John P. Ver Bockel and Kathleen Carbonara
Jerry Warner
Jon-Micheal and Stephanie Wheat
Lou Woodworth and Heidi Charleson