GREEN BAY, Wis.
(GreenBayPhoenix.com) - The 2011-12
Annual Phoenix Fund Drive will begin with a kick-off reception on Sept. 14 and
include four major events, Green Bay Athletics announced on Thursday. The annual
fund drive, which is the major fundraising event to raise funds for
student-athlete scholarships, will run through Nov. 5.
Contributions to the Phoenix Fund go directly to
provide scholarship dollars for Green Bay's more than 230 student-athletes that
compete in 16 NCAA Division I sports. The campaign goal for the 2011-12 Annual
Fund Drive is $425,000 and will be headed Denis
Kreft, the newly appointed campaign chair. Kreft is a longtime Phoenix Fund
Board member and is the Principal/Executive Director of Client Services for
Membership in the Phoenix Fund has risen to over 800
in recent years, and becoming a member of the Phoenix Fund can come with numerous
perks. Membership benefits can include but are not limited to invitations to
special events, admission into the Phoenix Fund Room at men's and women's
basketball games, and parking passes for basketball games. To learn more about membership
in the Phoenix Fund, click here.
All fans of Green Bay Athletics are invited to join
the Phoenix Fund at the special events during the 2011-12 Annual Fund Drive for
an opportunity to learn more about the Phoenix Fund as well as meet Green Bay
coaches and student-athletes.
The kick-off reception will take place at 5:30 p.m. at
The Marq in De Pere on Sept. 14, with senior women's basketball senior Hannah Quilling (Eau Claire, Wis.) serving
as a special guest speaker. Other speakers that will talk about the Phoenix
Fund and its importance to the success of Green Bay Athletics will be UW-Green
Bay Chancellor Thomas Harden, Director
of Athletics Ken Bothof and Director
of the Phoenix Fund Jeanne Stangel.
Three different reporting sessions will take place
over the following six weeks. Reporting session #1 will take place at Mackinaw's
Grill and Spirits in Green Bay at 6 p.m. on Sept. 28. Head men's basketball
coach Brian Wardle will be the guest
speaker and discuss the trials and tribulations of game scheduling at the
Division I level.
Reporting session #2 will feature first-year men's
soccer head coach Kris Kelderman,
who will talk about living a balanced life as a Division I college coach or
student-athlete. The reporting session will be held at Graystone Ale House in
De Pere at 6 p.m. on Oct. 12.
The third and final reporting session will precede the
Green Bay men's soccer game against Detroit on Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. The reporting session
will be held in the Phoenix Fund Room at the Kress Events Center at 6 p.m. and
feature women's basketball head coach Matt
Bollant speaking on the definition of the "Green Bay Way."
To make a contribution to the Phoenix Fund and become
a member for the 2011-12 academic year, click