Cavalier Corner

June 2014

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Dear Cavalier Friends, The Class of 2014 included 130 student-ath- letes who "Walked the Lawn" on May 18. Their time at the University was marked by a host of individual and team honors both in academics and ath- letics. This is a perfect time to say thank you to every VAF member who helped make this all possible. You have given each of them the opportunity to acquire the skills that will give them ev- ery chance for lifelong success. Thank you! Student-athletes continue to excel in the classroom and have a graduation rate of 93 percent for those who complete their eligibility. Virginia teams won five ACC championships this year, bringing our total to 51 over the past 10 years — more than any other ACC school. While Virginia teams continue in their pur- suit of excellence, the Virginia Athletics Foun- dation and its members are also excelling. As of May 23, gifts and pledges totaling $13,071,762, or 85 percent of the annual campaign goal, have been received from 6,470 donors. This includes 584 new donors. Again, thank you for your generosity and loyal support. At its last meeting, the UVa Board of Visitors voted to increase tuition costs by an average of five percent. This equates to a $750,000 increase in scholarships for the Foundation for the 2014-15 academic year. We will need your help to continue to sustain this kind of increase. The VAF has three initiatives this year to help us reach our goals. If you have not already par- ticipated in one or more of them, we hope you will. If you have not made a pledge this year, we hope we can count on you to commit to the Cavaliers again in 2014. 'HOOS WITH US is a membership drive to increase VAF membership to 9, 500 in 2014. Current members receive 20 priority points for each new referred member who makes a gift of $100 or more. ◆ TAKE IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL recognizes VAF members whose 2014 An- nual Campaign gift is at least one giving level higher than their 2013 gift. As of May 23, 589 members have participated. ◆ I GIVE 110% recognizes VAF members who increase their 2014 gift by 10 percent or more over their 2013 Annual Campaign gift. As of May 23, 2,457 members have partici- pated. We just completed an exciting Spring Social Tour with more than 1,800 members and their guests enjoying the 10 stops along the Tour. It was great to visit with so many Cavalier fans in their hometowns! We'll continue the Social Tour in the fall so be sure to check out the fall tour schedule on the social recap pages. Thank you, again, for being such an impor- tant partner in the success of Virginia's student- athletes. Best regards, Dirk P. Katstra Executive Director i03-7.VAF.indd 4 6/3/14 3:26 PM

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