2015-16 Deacon Club Financial Highlights

Wake Forest Athletics continued its impressive fundraising momentum by building on the tremendous success in 2013-14 and 2014-15. Results for the 2015-16 year combined with the previous two years have a three-year total of $115,719,307 in new commitments. This remarkable three-year total represents a new day in athletic fundraising for Wake Forest with results setting the stage for great things to come.

In 2015-16 we raised $25,304,424 in new commitments with total cash received for all categories totaling $19,329,331. In addition, the Wake Will campaign continued to see impressive results, bringing the total raised to just over $167,437,625 on an original goal of $95,000,000.

In total, over $9.1 million in gifts and more than $13.3 million in new pledges were received in support of capital projects during the 2015-16 fiscal year. This was led by the efforts of several significant gifts including 34 new commitments of $100,000 and above, one new commitment of $1,000,000 and one new commitment of $5,000,000. These generous capital contributions have contributed to what some might describe as a “building boom” on campus. Significant capital milestones this year included the completion of several projects including McCreary Field House, Haddock House, the replacement of the Kentner Stadium turf and track resurfacing and the renovation of the Doc Martin Football Practice Fields. In addition, ground was broken on the renovations to the David F. Couch Ballpark and Southern Family Court Seating all while significant progress was made toward funding the Sports Performance Center.

2015-16 Capital Fundraising Highlights

At the Homecoming football game on September 26, Wake Forest University and the Department of Athletics announced the Sports Performance Center match campaign, a matching gift opportunity made possible by Bob McCreary ('61) and Ben Sutton ('80, JD '83, P '14, P '19).

If Wake Forest raises $10 million for the Sports Performance Center, McCreary and Sutton will contribute an additional $5 million each in matching funds.

Together, McCreary and Sutton have already given $17.5 million to the Sports Performance Center, a facility that will serve as the nucleus of a culture of challenge and competition where all Wake Forest student-athletes can work to achieve excellence, both on and off the field.

The Sports Performance Center, a 95,000-square-foot multi-use building, will feature a larger, state-of-the-art strength and conditioning area that will include both weight rooms and cardio areas, dedicated space for enhancing the nutrition of Wake Forest student-athletes and will house football and men's and women's basketball coaches' offices, team meeting areas and other programmable space. The Sports Performance Center will enable student-athletes to receive the same level of support as their peers at top universities, which enhances both performance and the ability to recruit the best and brightest student-athletes, coaches and staff.

"We are grateful to Bob and Ben for their continued commitment to Wake Forest Athletics. They have already been very generous in their support for the Sports Performance Center, so when they presented us with the matching gift idea, I was blown away," said Director of Athletics Ron Wellman. "Our future athletic success is dependent on excellent facilities. The Sports Performance Center is a critical project for all of our teams. It will provide the ultimate training facility for our student-athletes while giving our coaches the opportunity to attract the very best prospects to Wake Forest. Bob and Ben recognize the tremendous impact this facility will have on our program, and their leadership and commitment to this project is inspiring."

"Ben and I are passionate about seeing the Sports Performance Center become a reality very soon," explained McCreary. "Great facilities are critical, not only in the development of student-athletes, but also in recruiting, and as Coach Clawson has said before, the Sports Performance Center is going to be a game changer. Ben and I hope that our commitment to match $10 million will encourage Wake Forest alumni and fans everywhere to join with us to complete the necessary funding for this project so we can break ground next year."

Wake Forest Athletics began work in November on the first phase of a planned $14 million baseball player development center. Construction of the $9.5 million initial phase was made possible by the gifts of a number of generous donors.

When complete, the state-of-the-art, 41,000 square foot facility will include a team locker room, team lounge, training room, equipment room, video conference room, team meeting room, a full kitchen, coaches offices, professional players locker space, a Wake Forest baseball heritage area and an indoor batting facility. Plans for the project also include renovation and relocation of the home dugout and bullpen and construction of a pitching laboratory, complete with 18 high-speed cameras designed to analyze the biomechanics of each player.

The player development center will be located along the third-base line. The Demon Deacons’ home dugout will be relocated to the third-base side of the stadium, and the pitching lab will be built adjacent to the renovated bullpen. Construction of the initial phase is expected to be complete in January 2017.

Fundraising efforts are still underway for future phases of construction and renovations, including the 100’x100’ indoor batting facility, which will be adjacent to the player development center and will be constructed without interior supporting posts, giving the Wake Forest coaching and training staffs maximum flexibility in their use of the space. Above the facility, plans call for renovations to the concessions stands and restrooms as well as a concourse-level viewing area that could be utilized for both Wake Forest baseball and football games and for other special events.

“As college coaches we are in the business of developing men of character, giving them a meaningful degree and helping them reach their maximum potential as a baseball player,” said head baseball coach Tom Walter. “This facility will set the bar nationally in all three of those areas.”

“The player development center is going to have a significant impact on the training of our student-athletes and overall excellence of our baseball program, and we are grateful to all of the generous donors who helped us get to this point.” said Director of Athletics Ron Wellman.

During the February 6 ceremonial groundbreaking for the $9.5M initial phase of Wake Forest baseball’s new Player Development Center, Wake Forest Athletics announced that the Wake Forest baseball park has been named David F. Couch Ballpark in honor of former baseball player David Couch (’84).

Couch, a longtime supporter of Wake Forest Athletics and the baseball program, made the lead gift toward the new Player Development Center, which is currently under construction along the third-base line. When complete, the state-of-the-art, 41,000 square foot facility will include a team locker room, team lounge, training room, equipment room, video conference room, team meeting room, a full kitchen, coaches offices, professional players locker space, a Wake Forest baseball heritage area and an indoor batting facility. Plans for the project also include renovation and relocation of the home dugout and bullpen and construction of a pitching laboratory. Construction of the initial phase is expected to be complete in January 2017.

David F. Couch Ballpark

A small group of Couch’s family and close friends were in attendance Saturday for the ceremonial groundbreaking and the official unveiling of the new ballpark signage bearing Couch’s name.

“As we break ground on the David F. Couch Ballpark,” said Wake Forest University President Nathan Hatch, “we renew our commitment to giving our athletes and coaches what they need to be successful on the field and in their lives after their days on the diamond are done. Today, we celebrate and offer our deep gratitude to David Couch. David is a wonderful model of what we hope for in our graduates.”

Director of Athletics Ron Wellman reflected on how the ballpark has transformed since it was first purchased by Wake Forest in 2008 and went on to recall a pivotal moment two years ago when Couch came to him and said, “How do we make this a championship ballpark? How do we make this a championship program? How do we win the ACC, and how do we get to Omaha?”

“After many discussions about the next steps that would ultimately lead us to Omaha, we presented David with the concept for the Player Development Center,” explained Wellman. “He stepped up and committed himself to what we think is going to be the very best Player Development Center in America and in college baseball. This is a wonderful day, and it’s a wonderful day because of David Couch and his commitment to excellence in our athletic program and specifically in our baseball program.”

Head coach Tom Walter elaborated on the discussions with Couch and recalled a conversation in which they talked about the key components to putting together a championship program. The first component they discussed was the coaching staff, and Walter credited Couch for helping him put together what Walter considers to be the finest college coaching staff in the country. The second component they talked about was the players — how to attract top recruits.

“Part of the answer is facilities, and the other part is player development,” explained Walter. “Wake Forest is a unique place. I tell recruits all the time that there are three key pieces to their college lives, there’s the athletic piece, the academic piece and the personal piece. At Wake Forest, it’s not good enough to be good at two of those. You’ve got to be good at all three pieces of your life. David and I started talking about facilities and how we put all those pieces together. Then he stepped forward to make it happen. He stepped forward to make that lead gift and make this new facility a reality, and you can already see some of the results on the field right now. We have a special club this year, and we’re really excited about our future. When you put great players together with great coaches and a great facility, it’s a pretty easy recipe for success. That’s where this train is headed, and this train ends in Omaha.”

Walter concluded his remarks with a message to Couch.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled that your name is on our stadium. It has nothing to do with the financial gift – it has everything to do with the man that you are. We talk with our players all the time about setting the bar for yourself and holding yourself to the highest standard of excellence, and you do that. You do that with your passion; you do that with your family; you do that with integrity and character every single day of your life, and that’s why I’m honored to have your name on our stadium. On behalf of our staff and our club and all the future Deacs, thank you for your amazing gift, and welcome to the David F. Couch Ballpark.”

Couch took the opportunity to speak directly to the baseball players in attendance about the importance of personal development and remarked about the game of baseball being about the interplay between failure and success and the importance of learning to deal with both failures and successes.

Couch also spoke of his experience as a high school baseball coach and shared with the crowd a mission statement for coaching developed by Joe Ehrmann and adopted by Couch.

“I coach to help boys become men of empathy and integrity who will lead, be responsible and change the world for good.”

Couch went on to say, “So I come here, and I hear us talk about athletics and academics, and I think about my days at Wake Forest, and I think about the institution that Wake Forest is, and I think about what motivated my gift. It was Tom’s gift — the gift of an organ to save a kid’s life, before that kid had ever played the first game for him or had his first at bat, and I thought, there’s a guy that gets the big picture, and Wake Forest is an institution that gets the big picture every single day.”

In closing, Couch once again directed his message to the players and coaches.

“You guys are so fortunate to have around you a group of coaches, staff and the institution of Wake Forest who actually care more about your personal development and how you turn out as fathers, leaders, husbands, and community members than anything else. We all want to win championships, and the good news about our team and our character and integrity as Wake Foresters is that we will do that as a byproduct of doing things the right way. So I want to challenge each and every one of you to think about what your role is as a teammate and to think about what your role is in the bigger picture of the dynasty and institution of Wake Forest. Think about the fact that you’re the best lineup that we’ve ever put on the field at Wake Forest, and never delay gratitude — something I learned from Skip Prosser — never delay that gratitude to your parents, to your coaches or to the leaders of this fine institution. I just want to take a moment to reiterate how proud I am to be a member of the Wake Forest community, and how proud I am to be a member of the Diamond Deacs, and how proud I am of each and every one of you, and we look forward to seeing you in Omaha.”

David & Stephanie Couch

On February 24 Wake Forest University formally cut the ribbon on McCreary Field House, the new indoor practice facility for Demon Deacon athletics. The 80,000-square foot structure features a 120-yard football field and weightlifting facilities for the Deacon football team.

McCreary Field House is the first phase of a planned $58 million project that will include the Sports Performance Center. The Field House was constructed at a cost of $21 million with Bob McCreary providing $12.5 million as the lead gift on the project that was totally funded through private gifts.

Located behind Miller Center on Wake Forest’s Reynolda campus, McCreary Field House is designed to benefit all 18 Wake Forest athletic programs. It will provide an area for teams to train year-round regardless of the weather conditions.

McCreary graduated from Wake Forest in 1961 and played football for the Deacons. He grew up in rural Caldwell County, N.C., and regularly credits the scholarship that provided him the opportunity to receive a Wake Forest education and enabled him to succeed in business and in life.

After a brief professional football career, McCreary worked for 20 years in sales and marketing in the furniture industry before founding his own furniture company, McCreary Modern, in 1986.

The South end zone area is currently occupied by a 7,000-square-foot weight room that gives the football team a dedicated training area. All of the weight equipment will be moved to the Sports Performance Center when that facility is completed.

McCreary Field House features goalposts that are suspended from the ceiling and can be raised and lowered depending on the activity. Camera platforms are provided 28 feet above the playing surface to facilitate videotaping of practice activities.

The facility consists of 240,000 bricks, 543 tons of steel on the overall super structure and 95,000 square feet of standing metal seam roofing. Over 125,000 man-hours were invested in the construction of McCreary Field House.

Wake Forest Athletics began work in April on phase two of the expansive Wake Forest Tennis Complex initiative. Phase two, the Southern Family Court Seating at the Leighton Team Courts, involves the construction of 718 permanent, chair-back seats around all six collegiate courts/Winston-Salem Open practice courts. An impressive $1.75 million was raised including a significant gift from Winston-Salem natives Harold, Mildred, Hal and Debbie Southern.

The new seating is a big step forward for the Winston-Salem Open, an ATP World Tour 250 event and the last men’s tournament on the Emirates Airline US Open Series prior to the US Open.

Southern Family Court Seating Complex

“The addition of the Southern Family Court Seating will allow intimate access to watch quality tennis during the Winston-Salem Open and Wake Forest collegiate matches,” said Debbie Southern. “Permanent seating gives a venue more appeal and prestige for the players competing as well as the spectators watching.”

Don Flow, chairman of the Board of Directors for the Winston-Salem Open, spoke to his vision for the tournament and the impact of this new seating saying, “Our goal is to create an outstanding experience for the fans of the Winston-Salem Open and to create the number one ranked collegiate tennis center in the United States. The completion of the Southern Family Court Seating will take us well down this road for Wake Forest tennis and continues our efforts to develop a distinctive venue for the Winston-Salem Open.”

The Wake Forest tennis program, which in April won the men’s tennis ACC Championship, will also greatly benefit from the new seating.

“We are very excited about the addition of the Southern Family Court Seating,” said men’s tennis head coach Tony Bresky. “This is another great addition to what is already one of the best college tennis facilities in the nation.”

The Wake Forest Tennis Complex has indeed been ranked one of the best in the country—in October of 2015 Tennis.com ranked the facility #3 in the country, only behind SMU Tennis Complex at Southern Methodist University (#2) and Hurd Tennis Center at Baylor (#1).

Women’s tennis head coach Jeff Wyshner discussed the impact of the improved fan experience on the team, saying “Fans will be able to watch multiple courts from above and behind the courts and it will really help the team to have fans surrounding the courts.”

In addition to having a significant impact on the Wake Forest tennis program and the Winston-Salem Open, improvements to the Wake Forest Tennis Complex also positively impact the city of Winston-Salem.

“Improvements like the Southern Family Court Seating allow us to host other events in addition to the Winston-Salem Open like the NCAA Championships in 2018 and state-wide tournaments,” said Bill Oakes, Winston-Salem Open Tournament Director. “Being able to bring events such as these to the city of Winston-Salem definitely brings economic impact to the community.”

Robert Knapp (’68), a Wake Forest tennis alum and generous donor to the project also spoke to the impact of tennis facility improvements not only on Winston-Salem but also across the state saying, “The community commitment to helping Wake Forest become a world-class tennis center is going to improve tennis not only at Wake Forest, but throughout North Carolina. Wake Forest and Winston-Salem will benefit tremendously from the visitors who will be so impressed by what the combined effort has created.”

Construction of the Southern Family Court Seating will be completed in August 2016, prior to the start of the Winston-Salem Open on August 20.

Southern Family Court Seating Construction

In April the Wake Forest golf program moved into the $4.5 million Haddock House, a 10,000 square foot building that will serve as the home for the men's and women's golf programs while also showcasing the history and tradition of Wake Forest golf. The Haddock House is situated in the southwest corner of the Arnold Palmer Golf Complex and features coaches' offices, locker rooms, team meeting areas and a Heritage Room.

The facility will be named for legendary former men’s golf coach Jesse Haddock (‘52), who put Wake Forest golf on the map. In his more than 30-year coaching career from 1960-92, Haddock led the Deacons to three national titles (1974, 1975, 1986) and 15 ACC titles. The Deacons won 10 conference crowns in a row from 1967 to 1976, and finished second in the NCAA tourney three times. A dedication has been scheduled for the fall.

The endowment focus of the Wake Will campaign is an investment in the future of Wake Forest Athletics. A minimum pledge of $100,000 is required to establish an endowed fund, and once the value of the fund reaches $100,000, the scholarship is awarded to a Wake Forest student-athlete. In total, three endowed funds were established during the 2015-16 fiscal year. With two previously committed endowments reaching the required threshold, a total of two new scholarships will be awarded in the fall of 2016.

2015-16 Endowment Highlights

McMullen Family Football Scholarship
Mike and Dolores McMullen of Palo Alto, CA have established the McMullen Family Football Scholarship to provide a scholarship or scholarships for undergraduate students attending Wake Forest who are members of the varsity football team. The McMullens’ have had two children attend Wake Forest—Tyler, a 2014 graduate, and Nathan, a member of the class of 2017.

Eager Family Track Scholarship
John and Barbara Eager of Chappaqua, NY have established the Eager Family Track Scholarship in honor of their son, Kyle, who was a mid-distance runner at Wake Forest. Kyle was part of the record-setting Wake Forest men's 4x800m relay team that shattered the school record and captured a fourth place finish in the College Men's 4x800 Championship of America at the Penn Relays. The relay team comprised of Kyle Graves, Thomas Bojanowski, Kyle Eager and Simon Holden set a new Wake Forest school record crossing the line in 7:20.49, capturing a fourth place finish. The purpose of the fund is to provide a scholarship or scholarships for undergraduate students attending Wake Forest who are members of the varsity men’s track and field team who compete in middle-distance events.

Fred and Frances Paschal Athletic Scholarship
The late Fred and Frances Paschal of Asheboro, NC established the Fred and Frances Paschal Athletic Scholarship. Fred graduated from Wake Forest in 1936. The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship or scholarships for undergraduate students at Wake Forest who are members of a varsity athletic team.

Jack W. Pitts Athletic Scholarship
William G. Pitts of Greensboro, NC established the Jack W Pitts Athletic Scholarship in February 2010 in memory of his brother, Jack. Jack Pitts was a member of the class of 1956. He was a business major and a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. According to his brother and his friends, Jack had a love for math and for his Wake Forest Demon Deacons. Knowing of Jack's love for his alma mater, William decided to create a fund at Wake Forest in his honor. The purpose of the fund is to provide a scholarship or scholarships for undergraduate students attending Wake Forest who are members of a varsity athletic team.

David A Harris, Jr. Athletic Endowment Fund
The late David and Mary Arden Harris of Charlotte, NC established the David A Harris, Jr. Athletic Endowment Fund. David graduated from Wake Forest in 1946 and was a member of the football and basketball teams during his time on campus. The Harris’ daughter, Arden (Harris) Browder, graduated from Wake Forest in 1969. The purpose of the fund is to provide a scholarship for undergraduate students attending Wake Forest who are members of the varsity football team.

Thanks to the generous support of many Deacon Club members, 32.7% of last year’s Deacon Club donors joined the 110% Campaign by increasing their gift by 10% in 2015-16 over their 2014-15 giving.

Additionally, over 100 volunteers working to grow the Deacon Club base provided over 1,150 referrals to join the Deacon Club, helping lead to over 400 new Deacon Club members. The $12.8 million raised toward the Annual Fund over the past two years is the most in a 2-year period since 2011-12.

2015-16 Annual Fund Highlights

In November the Wake Forest Deacon Club announced “Recruit-A-Deac”, an exciting new referral campaign that offers all donors, regardless of giving level, an opportunity to provide a lasting impact on the future of Wake Forest Athletics.

Just as our coaches rely on new recruits to build upon and improve our athletic programs, the Deacon Club leans on new donors to build a larger network of support that provides coaches and student-athletes with the resources they need to succeed. The “Recruit-A-Deac” campaign empowers current Deacon Club members to recruit the support of new Deacon Club members that will collectively allow Wake Forest to invest in scholarships, recruiting, nutrition, wellness and other areas essential to compete for championships and Develop Champions.

Deacon Club members are encouraged to recruit their family, friends, colleagues and fellow alumni by visiting deaconclub.com/referrals, by emailing DeacClub@wfu.edu or by calling the Deacon Club at (336) 758-5626. Those that complete referrals will earn priority points for any new or increased giving to the Annual Fund by a recruit. In addition, great prizes will be distributed throughout the year to thank donors who both recruit the greatest number of new donors and generate the greatest amount of new dollars through their referrals to the Deacon Club. A leaderboard will be posted on deaconclub.com/referrals and will be updated via Deacon Club social media channels.

Scholarships are provided to deserving student-athletes through a combination of the Deacon Club Annual Fund and an annual endowment payout. In 2015-16, $6,320,400 raised via the Annual Fund combined with an endowment payout of $1,453,302 resulted in $7,773,702 to be used towards athletic scholarships.

In addition to fundraising, another primary objective of the Deacon Club is to further engage members with Wake Forest Athletics. The 2015-16 year brought with it a variety of opportunities for Deacon Club members to become more involved with our program and get to know our student-athletes, coaches, and staff. The Deacon Club held just over 50 events in an effort to engage both donors and prospective donors, many of which were referred by current members through our referral program. These events consisted of both large and small groups, which enabled the Deacon Club staff to bring the vision of the Wake Forest Athletic Department to different areas around the country.

2015-16 Member Engagement Highlights

In October and November the Deacon Club hosted the annual Thank-A-Thon where Wake Forest student-athletes came together to show their appreciation of the more than 4,500 supporters who help fund Demon Deacon Athletics and provide opportunities for every student-athlete and Deacon team. Throughout each of the three nights of the Thank-A-Thon, student-athletes from virtually every team took the time to call or hand sign notes to Deacon Club donors.

There was an impressive student-athlete turn out and over 3,600 phone calls were made to Demon Deacon supporters throughout each of the three nights.

“The Thank-A-Thon is truly a unique event that both our student-athletes and donors look forward to and enjoy very much. We’re so appreciative of the generosity of our donors and it’s an amazing thing to be able to connect student-athletes with the very people that have made so much possible for them.” said Barry Faircloth, Associate Athletic Director, Development.

2015 Thank-A-Thon

Nearly 300 student-athletes, coaches and donors gathered in the Snead Room in Bridger Field House on February 6 for the fourth annual Stewardship Brunch, hosted by the Deacon Club in honor of scholarship donors.

Those in attendance helped fund scholarships for over 350 Wake Forest student-athletes through the establishment of endowed athletic scholarships and contributions to the Deacon Club Annual Fund.

Barry Faircloth, Associate Athletic Director of Development, began his introduction by thanking the scholarship donors in attendance.

“Scholarship donors provide for the needs of our student-athletes both on and off the field including everything from their health and wellness to their education and tutors. None of that could happen without the donors that are sitting here today and on behalf of the Athletic Department we thank you for your resources to help provide the total scholarship experience in order to Develop Champions.”

Wake Forest football senior Ryan Janvion (’16) then took the podium for the invocation followed by an opportunity for donors and student-athletes to get to know one another over brunch, always a highlight of the event.

Of special note were members of the John Hicks Society in attendance, comprised of donors who have established endowed scholarships, as well as the Moricle Society and Locker Room Club. Moricle Society donors contribute the equivalent of one full scholarship for a student-athlete each year and Locker Room Club Members a half scholarship.

Following brunch, Barry Faircloth welcomed Wake Forest alum Ovie Mughelli (’03) to the podium. Mughelli, a four-year letterman, was a member of the Wake Forest football team from 1998-2002. After graduating from Wake Forest he was a fourth round draft pick of the Baltimore Ravens and spent 9 years in the NFL playing for the Baltimore Ravens and Atlanta Falcons. Following his NFL career he has continued his love of football as a sports analyst.

Mughelli began by speaking of his love of and appreciation for Wake Forest.

“I appreciate that I went to Wake Forest University—a place where not only are athletics a priority but so are academics and the culture. We at Wake Forest breed a culture of excellence where we want everyone to succeed; where we push for each other and are always trying to go a little bit higher and do a little bit more. That tireless work ethic is something we use for the rest of our lives.”

As Mughelli continued his speech, he discussed how Wake Forest changed his life, particularly due to the generosity of scholarship donors.

“Everything that I’ve done in my life is because I had the opportunity to go to Wake Forest,” he said. “Donors like those in attendance today—who give from their hearts because they see the potential in student-athletes—gave me the opportunity to go to Wake Forest and I can’t thank them enough for how much they’ve impacted my life and how much they’ve changed me.”

Mughelli received a standing ovation at the conclusion of his speech.

New to this year’s event was a panel discussion moderated by Mughelli. Panel participants included Board of Trustees member and scholarship donor Jim Marino, former Wake Forest football player Kevin Smith (’00) and senior field hockey player Krysta Wangerin (’16).

Jim Marino who along with his wife Pat established the Hamilton-Marino Family Scholarship—a scholarship for first-generation student-athletes—began by reflecting on why he chose to give back to Wake Forest Athletics through an endowed scholarship.

“For Pat and myself, we were both first-generation college students and we learned firsthand through that experience of the special needs and personal challenges that a first generation college student confronts. We also knew from experience that graduating could put you on a trajectory that would change your life and that of your family for generations to come,” he said.

Marino continued, “An endowed scholarship is a gift that never stops giving. Each and every year there will be an athlete pursuing his or her love of a sport and getting ready to graduate because of the generosity of someone who endowed a full scholarship. That’s a very powerful legacy.”

Former Wake Forest football player Kevin Smith then discussed his motivation for giving back as a donor.

“I understand what it’s like to be a student-athlete and how important it is to have the things that help you compete at the highest level like facilities and equipment. In addition, giving back is what I was brought up to do. You support those institutions that have helped you get to the next level.”

Field hockey senior Krysta Wangerin, the current recipient of the WF Athletic/Academic Excellence Field Hockey Scholarship Fund, then expressed her deep thanks to the donors in attendance.

“Scholarship donors are fulfilling our childhood dreams,” she said. “Speaking for all student-athletes, thank you so much. Without you we wouldn’t be here and wouldn’t have the same opportunity of being a Demon Deacon.”

Director of Athletics Ron Wellman then took the podium to offer closing remarks. He too thanked the donors in attendance saying, “We thank you for having the impact that you have upon the lives of student-athletes not only now but in the future. Thank you for what you are doing for student-athletes at Wake Forest.”

Over 700 Deacon Club members were in attendance for the annual Deacon Club Appreciation day on February 28 at the Flow Lexus Club of Deacon Tower. The event, where Deacon Club members are honored for their generosity, took place prior to the men's basketball game vs. Virginia Tech. Those in attendance enjoyed hors d'oeuvres, drinks and the company of fellow Demon Deacons.