Cavalier Corner

August 2013

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Dear Cavalier Friends, I hope each of you is having an enjoyable summer. It is hard to believe that the fall sports season gets underway this month. Even though the summertime is when our staff typically enjoys vacation and time to rejuvenate before the upcoming academic year, it is also a time full of activity. On June 25, we paid the scholarship bill to the University for the spring semester. We are only able to do that with the support of our loyal donors. If you follow us on Facebook, you may have seen a posting of this payment – a check in the amount of $6.4 million. Since June 30 marks the end of the University's fiscal year, it is also when we make payments on a number of other accounts with donors' gifts as the source of funding. These include the academic affairs operational budget, Olympic sports operational budgets through Friends of contributions and various facility projects. It is very humbling to write these checks knowing that donors who care so much about our program help fund each of these. We are extremely grateful for the support of so many Cavalier fans across the country. We concluded the online football seat and parking selections in mid-June. This process took place over six weeks and allowed donors to review the entire available seat and parking inventories through our website with a user-friendly selection tool. Thirty-two percent of the donors who logged into the system made changes to either their seats or parking spaces. I am also happy to report that our I Give 110% initiative continues to be well received by our donor base with over 3,000 donors increasing their 2013 pledge by 10 percent (44 percent of the do- nor base year to date). We have 7,000 donors who have made pledges in the first seven months of the year. If you haven't made your 2013 pledge, I encourage you to do so as soon as possible. Our goal is to reach 9,400 donors by December 31 and also to retain each donor who made a gift in 2012. This is the only way our donor base will continue to grow. Only those donors with a current year pledge will continue to receive the Cavalier Corner after the August issue. Please call our office to make a pledge or visit us online at As we look towards the fall, we will be honoring the next group of donors who reached their 40th year of consecutive giving with their contribution in 2012. In 2011, we initiated this recognition with our first group of donors reaching 40 years of giving (our giving records begin in 1971) with 306 donors. Last year 81 reached the 40-year milestone and this year 41 donors will be welcomed into the prestigious group of loyal supporters. We are thankful that we have donors who have invested so much in Virginia Athletics. I hope you enjoy the remaining days of summer and are looking forward to another exciting fall season for Virginia Athletics. Thank you for your continued investment and loyal support. Best regards, Dirk P. Katstra Executive Director

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