In early February, the MMA Development office kicked off a cadet fundraising challenge to raise sponsorships and donations for Maroon and Gold 2016. The program, which is led by the Parents Committee and Annual Fund director Cassandra Brooks, offered a fun competition and incentives.
Eleven teams of cadets – mixed up throughout the companies – vied to raise the most funds for Maroon and Gold, which supports the Academy’s overall program needs.
February 18: During noon mess, cadet Carlos Liriano ’18 received a gift card in the raffle drawing, while Alain Mestre ’20 received a gift card for writing the most thank you letters. As of noon mess, cadets had raised approximately $7,100 in only two days. That evening, Team Silva-Linings used their computers and phones to solicit donations, sending messages to people all over the world. Cadets raised $1,000 within minutes!
At Team First Forte’s meeting February 18, captain Francisco Fletes ’18 said he feels the fundraiser is his first “real marketing job.”
“We are all working together to make this campus better,” Fletes said.
February 19: Cadets have raised more than $10,000 as of noon mess. The showerhead contest standings thus far are as follows: First Place: Echo Company. Second Place: Bravo Company. Third Place: Band Company. Fourth Place: Delta Company. Fifth Place: Charlie Company.
February 22: Total raised: $18,395. Band Company is leading the showerhead competition, followed by Bravo in second and Echo in third. The team closest to having 100 percent of team members raising $250 or more — the prize for which is a pizza party — is Team Maroon & Cadets.
February 23: As of noon mess, cadets have raised a total of $23,345.50 in just one week. Band Company remains in first place in the showerhead competition, followed by Bravo in second and Delta in third. Garrett Stafford was chosen as the raffle winner while Jon Snyder of Team We Will Hold earned a “Genius Idea” prize. Snyder designed a team marketing and fundraising poster that he and his teammates will send to possible donors.
February 26: Cadets have raised $29,225.50 thus far and will continue to seek donations until Tuesday. Team Magnus has stolen the lead in the day trip prize contest from Team We Will Hold, who has held the lead since the competition began. Bravo Company remains in the lead for the showerhead competition. Grand prizes — an $1,000 Amazon gift card, an Apple Watch, a GoPro HERO4 and an Alienware gaming laptop — will be selected via raffle on noon mess Wednesday.
March 2: On the final day of the competition, raffle winners were announced at noon mess. Cadets raised a total of $31,955.50. Bravo Company won the deluxe showerheads, which were installed March 16.
$1000 Amazon Gift Card – Gabriel Perez ‘18
Alienware Gaming Laptop – Russell Holman ‘16
GoPro HER04 – Robert Moore ‘16
Apple Watch – Hector Chapa Gonzalez ‘16
ABOUT MAROON & GOLD
Since its inception circa 2005, the Annual Maroon and Gold Event has become Missouri Military Academy’s premier fundraising event. The Maroon and Gold Event will be held on Saturday, April 2, 2016 in the Khorassan Ballroom at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel in St. Louis. Over the past five years this gala event has doubled in attendance numbers and has raised over $100,000 for improved Academy programs, equipment and cadet life initiatives.
The event annually features the presentation of the Gen. Clifton B. Cates, MMA class of 1910 “I Will Hold” Award for Leadership, which recognizes exceptional leaders who have demonstrated determination, steadfastness and perseverance through times of challenge.
The 2016 “I Will Hold” award recipient is LCDR Eric Greitens, former Navy SEAL and combat veteran who served four tours of duty overseas, including in Afghanistan and Iraq. After coming home, he founded The Mission Continues, a Missouri-based non-profit that helps returning veterans get back on their feet and give back to their communities. In 2014, Fortune Magazine named Eric one of the “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders.” Born and raised in Missouri, Eric attended Missouri public schools, earned a scholarship to college, and went on to become a Rhodes Scholar. He has a black belt in Taekwondo and is an author, marathon runner, and boxing champion.
Those interested in sponsoring the event can contact Kevin Quinn, MMA’s director of development, at firstname.lastname@example.org; or 573-581-1776 Ext 230. Donors can direct their sponsorship to a particular team or company total.
All alumni and friends of MMA are invited to attend the event. Ticket information can be found on the MMA website: www.missourimilitaryacademy.org