Welcome to the Class of 2005 Homepage!
I hope that this letter finds each of you well! It’s hard to believe we are less than two years away from our 10th class reunion. It seems like just yesterday we were walking across the stage in McAllister Field House to accept our diplomas and start our lives. It is truly amazing to look back and see just how far we have come since that joyous day in May of 2005. The 10th reunion is considered to be the first major milestone in our journey as Citadel Alumni, and to honor this occasion The Citadel Foundation has asked our class to mount a Class of 2005 Reunion Campaign. So what does this mean exactly?
The Citadel has experienced numerous successes and accomplishments over the years and continues to be recognized as a leader in education. Enrollment in the Corps is at an all-time high, and there are now 20 companies representing over 2,200 Cadets! It should not come as a surprise to you, however, that The Citadel is in an increasingly challenging financial situation. The State of South Carolina is experiencing extreme budgetary pressures due to the unstable economy, and financial support to The Citadel has, and continues, to be cut at an alarming rate. State support to The Citadel will barely cover 9% of the school’s 2013-2014 operations budget. The remainder of the budget will be covered by the generous donations, both past and present, of our Alumni and supporters. Yet, these resources are limited, and the need for significant fundraising efforts has never been greater. Each year The Citadel Foundation requests the assistance of the 10th, 25th, 40th, and 50th Reunion Classes to lead the charge with the fundraising efforts. So what have we been asked to do?
I along with the Committee members listed below, were first tasked with establishing an overall giving goal for our class. After consultation with The Citadel Foundation and thorough consideration, the Committee has set the Class of 2005’s overall goal at $100,000. While ambitious, this goal is achievable if we all pitch in. As an example, with roughly 400 classmates, assuming everyone gives, this comes out to $250 per person. Now it might not seem quite so insurmountable, but we need everyone to do their part.
Our Committee was then asked to identify a class project to direct the funds raised. I am excited to announce that our class funds will go towards kick starting the Class of 2005 Medal of Honor Recipient Speaker Series where we will bring in 2 Medal of Honor recipients each year to speak with the Corps. The speakers will share their amazing stories of courage, honor and leadership. Our goal will be to provide the first 3 years of operating funds to get the program off the ground. Your next question might be, what happens after the third year? We are working in conjunction with the Class of 1975 and their 40th Reunion Campaign, where they will focus $345,000 of their fundraising efforts to endow the series forever. So by our forces combined we cannot only start the series, but it will be there for the benefit of the Corps of Cadets for generations to come.
We have approximately two years to raise this money in cash, pledges and deferred gifts, ending in the year of our reunion. While we would like gifts to be focused towards the Class of 2005 Medal of Honor Recipient Speaker Series, you can direct your support to any fund or area on campus of your choosing (ie The Brigadier Foundation, Daniel Library Fund, etc.) All charitable donations to The Citadel will count towards the overall class gift of $100,000.
Thank you in advance for considering ways to support our Class of 2005 Reunion Campaign, and thus our Citadel. Remember, it is not how much you give. Any level of participation counts and is greatly appreciated. We look forward to seeing each of you in Charleston during Homecoming 2015 at our 10th reunion! If you should have any questions as you consider your gift, please do not hesitate to call me or one of our Committee Members. I can be reached at (843) 250-5182.
Charles R. Vernon, Jr., Chairman
- Our campaign gift documentation period is from Jan. 1, 2013 to Dec. 31, 2015. To date, our class has raised over $15,885 in cash and deferred gifts (these gifts have not been directed to our Class Project). The class has until 12/31/15 to make a pledge or gift. All pledges must be honored by 12/31/18.
- Our campaign project goal total is $45,000. The overall campaign goal is $100,000. The $55,000 portion of this goal accounts for annual and deferred gifts to other areas of the school.
- Development Officer Veronica Vereen with The Citadel Foundation is available to assist and explain a variety of creative ways you can contribute so please feel free to contact her directly at 1-843-953-1861, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Visit http://foundation.citadel.edu/2005giving to keep up to date with our Reunion Campaign efforts.