Aggie Athletics Fundraising
Courtesy: New Mexico State University  
Release:  02/23/2011

By Valerie Munoz

For NM State Media Relations

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (Feb. 23) - Fundraising and putting on special events for an athletic department is not easy task and here at New Mexico State we have a special organization that puts together fundraising and special events.

The Aggie Athletic Club is a subsidiary organization of the New Mexico State University Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)3, and serves a purpose for athletics to do fundraising. And so far has had great success. The AAC's mission statement is, "To raise funds and attract friends in support of the endeavors of the NM State Intercollegiate Athletics Department."

"We are making great improvements on coordinating our events and really getting people to show up," said Felicia McCracken, Donor Services and Special Events Coordinator for the AAC. "It is important to know how many of our donors are going to be available, and we are really tailoring events to be able to be something people can really want to come and enjoy."

The AAC has already had a lot of success this year especially with the football signing celebration and student athlete phone-a-thons.

"Our student athlete phone-a-thons are designed to do two things," said McCracken. "To help reach out to previous donors and alumni from our student-athlete base. We want to get them reconnected to the university and the athletic department. The second goal of the current student-athletes calling people in their social network is to get the moms, dads, aunts, uncles, and former coaches involved in putting in additional funding to make the program really great."

The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and the Aggie Athletic Club will host several special events this semester to fundraise for NM State athletic programs. Events and info are listed below.

NCAA Selection Sunday Watch Party (Tentative)

Sunday, March 13, 2011 3:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.

Villanueva Victory Club, Fulton Athletics Center 3rd Floor

This will be a celebration of the NM State men's basketball reaching the NCAA Tournament two years in a row. There will be a semi-formal program where Coach Menzies will address the group and talk about the team we will be playing in the tournaments first round.

Men's Basketball End of Season Celebration

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Pan American Center Floor

This is an end of season event hosted by the 6th Man Club that will include dinner with Coach Menzies giving an overview of the season, and players in attendance.

Spring Game Weekend: Golf Outing (Tentative)

Friday, April 29, 2011 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

NMSU Golf Course

Golf Outing for former football players to reconnect.

Spring Game Weekend: Football Coach's Office Open House (Tentative)

Friday, April 29, 2011 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Football Coach's Office Building

Exposing the public to the new football coach's building. Major donations will be taken.

Spring Game Weekend: Winner's Circle Open House (Tentative)

Saturday, April 30, 2011 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Fulton Athletics Center 3rd Floor

An event to expand the general public's knowledge of the Winner's Circle and Villanueva Victory Club. Head Football coach DeWayne Walker, Athletic Director Dr. McKinley Boston, Associate Athletic Director for Development Wayne Boston will address all that attend.

Spring Game Weekend: Dinner With Coach Walker (Tentative)

Saturday, April 30, 2011 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

De La Vegas Restaurant

This event is an opportunity for Head Football Coach DeWayne Walker to connect and spend time with former football players.

NMSU Football 5K for Big Brothers, Big Sisters (Tentative)

Saturday, April 30, 2011 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Aggie Memorial Stadium Legends Room

This is a 5K run to benefit Big Brothers, Big Sisters. There is admission for this event: Community, $20, Students, $10, Kids, $5

Aggie Athletic Club Membership Celebration  (Tentative)

Thursday, May 5, 2011 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Villanueva Victory Club, Fulton Athletics Center 3rd Floor

At this event there will be a State of Aggie Athletic Club/NMSU Intercollegiate Athletics Development address. New FY11-12 Officers will be installed and members will be renewed.

Aggies in Paradise

Friday, May 13, 2011 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

NM Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum

This tropic themed event is for current and prospective supporters of NMSU Intercollegiate Athletics to enjoy socializing and entertainment. There will also be a silent and live auction.

You can find out more information about the NMSU Foundation and Aggie Athletic Club at www.foundations.nmsu.edu.

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