Success of campaign helps send more deserving caddies to college

GOLF, IL – As the Match Play Challenge enters a critical phase of the year, the Evans Scholars Foundation is celebrating a fundraising milestone – the 10,000th gift made to its major gifts initiative.

Since its inception in 2011, the Match Play Challenge has played a significant role in the Foundation’s plans for growth. Supporters have contributed more than $102 million for caddie scholarships through this program, which is part of the annual Par Club Fundraising campaign.

The 2019 Match Play Challenge continues to build momentum, with 66 Match Play Partners stepping up to support the Evans Scholars Program. Match Play Partner gifts of $50,000 and greater are being pooled and used to match the gifts of $2,500 and greater the Evans Scholars Foundation receives this year.

With families everywhere struggling to meet the rising cost of college tuition, the success of the Match Play Challenge is as important as ever this year. Annual costs for the Evans Scholars Program will be $25 million this year and are projected to rise by at least $1.5 million each year moving forward.

In addition to increasing the number of Scholars in school, the Match Play Challenge helps the Foundation establish the Evans Scholars Program at additional universities, provide community living opportunities for all Evans Scholars and develop a full continuum of support that includes everything from youth caddie training programs to career mentorship.

The Foundation looks to finish the year strong with another record Match Play Challenge and helping to meet the need of the Evans Scholars from caddie, to college, to career. 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..

2019 Match Play Partners*

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Sam & Marsha Allen
John H. Barrow
Mike & Diane Beemer
The Binzer Family
Ed & Peggy Bonach
Kenneth & Jacqueline Brody
Steve & Karis Colnitis
Glenda & Fritz Corrigan
Mr. & Mrs. Dominic Curcio
Tom & Lucy Danis/T. Danis Charitable Trust
Matthew J. Desch
Armond & Kitty Dinverno
Dresner Foundation
Janet and Craig Duchossois
Thomas J. & Karen A. Falk
Dr. & Mrs. Eugene F. Fama
Mr. & Mrs. Robert Foss
Jim and Karen Frank
John E. & Barbara C. Gallina
John & Carolyn Gehring
Tom & Taylor Gleitsman
Josef & Rachel Guzowski
Dan & Kathy Harmon
Jack & Karen Holland
Martin P. & Julie Hughes
Jerry & Regina Jurkiewicz
Susan & Thomas Kearney
Mike & Lindy Keiser
King Family Foundation
J. Andrew & Susan Langan
Jack & Jama Lintol
Scott Malpass
John & Jean Matovina
Patrick & Meredith McCormack
Ronald M. Miniat
Mr. & Mrs. Kevin Mize
Thomas & Susan Moran
Francis W. & Susan B. Morley
George & Vicki Muellner
Frank & Janet Nessinger
Mr. & Mrs. James W. O’Neill
Hewitt Pate
Mr. & Mrs. David L. Pemberton
Jim & Molly Perry
Leroy “Pete” Peterson
Mary Petrovich
Bruce & Deborah Pfaff
Gary Planos
John & Cynthia Ply
The Frank Polizzi Family
Quest Fund
Roger W. Sandstrom
The Solich Fund
Joe & Margie Stigler
The Stroiman Family
Larry & Monica Thuet
Mr. & Mrs. Martin Tierney
Reed & Rosemary Tupper
Daniel & Clea Van Voorhis
John P. Ver Bockel & Kathleen Carbonara
Jerry Warner

*As of 10/01/2019