Campaign will address rising need for the Evans Scholarship

GLENVIEW, IL – The Evans Scholars Foundation has officially launched the 2020 Match Play Challenge, marking the 10th year of its annual Par Club fundraising campaign’s major gifts initiative.

Since its inception in 2011, the Match Play Challenge has helped the Evans Scholars Program provide deserving caddies with the life-changing opportunity of a college education. The Match Play Challenge is a critical part of the Foundation’s plans for 2020 as families cope with these challenging and uncertain times.

Annual programs costs for the Evans Scholars Program will exceed $25 million in 2020 and are projected to rise by at least $1.5 million each year moving forward. The Match Play Challenge has helped the Foundation grow, as it reached a milestone with 1,010 Evans Scholars enrolled in 18 leading universities nationwide last fall.

“We are so thankful to all of our supporters who have made generous contributions to the Match Play Challenge,” said WGA Chairman Kevin Buggy. “They are an inspiration to our donors and have helped change the lives of thousands of young caddies. The continued success of this program is essential to ensure that we help more young men and women in pursuit of a college degree.”

The 2020 Match Play Challenge is already off to a strong start with 53 Match Play Partners making 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. Last year, the Match Play Challenge set fundraising records for a ninth consecutive year by raising more than $17 million.

WGA Director Mike Keiser, who helped lead the development of the Match Play Challenge in 2011, is serving as the campaign’s Honorary Chairman again in 2020 while supporting the initiative as a Match Play Partner.

The sustained success of this initiative will enable the Foundation to meet increased need for the Evans Scholarship. The Foundation is working 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 are driven to help promising young caddies as they continue on the path from caddie to college to career, said Bill Kingore, Senior Vice President, Development & Strategy. “Now more than ever, we are grateful for the ongoing support we have received and these major gifts allow young men and women a chance to achieve their dreams.”

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..

2020 Match Play Partners

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Sam and Marsha Allen
John H. Barrow
Mike and Diane Beemer
The Binzer Family
Ed and Peggy Bonach
Paul Broder
Kenneth and Jacqueline Brody
Glenda and Fritz Corrigan
Tom & Lucy Danis/T. Danis Charitable Trust
Matthew J. Desch
Dresner Foundation
Janet and Craig Duchossois
Thomas J. and Karen A. Falk
Dr. and Mrs. Eugene F. Fama
John E. and Barbara C. Gallina
Mr. and Mrs. John Gart
John and Carolyn Gehring
Tom and Taylor Gleitsman
Josef and Rachel Guzowski
Dan and Kathy Harmon
The Lawrence J. Hayes Family
Jack and Karen Holland
Martin P. and Julie Hughes
Jerry and Regina Jurkiewicz
Mike and Lindy Keiser
John and Jean Matovina
John McCabe
Patrick and Meredith McCormack
Francis W. and Susan B. Morley
One8 Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. James W. O’Neill
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
Quest Fund
Roger W. Sandstrom
Marge and Charles Schott Foundation
Tim Schwertfeger and Gail Waller/Best Portion Foundation
The Solich Fund
Joe and Margie Stigler
The Stroiman Family
Reed and Rosemary Tupper
Daniel and Clea Van Voorhis
John P. Ver Bockel and Kathleen Carbonara
Jerry Warner
James D. & Ann Zielinski