Drury, SBU smash previous fundraising totals in Catfight Giving Challenge
SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 15, 2017 — Alumni and friends of Drury and Southwest Baptist universities raised a total of $191,941.11 for student scholarships and financial aid during the fourth annual Bank of Bolivar Catfight Giving Challenge. Each school raised much more than in previous years. SBU came out ahead of Drury, raising $108,956 compared to $82,985.11. The Bank of Bolivar contributed a combined $3,000 to the challenge.
“The real winners are the Drury and SBU students who will benefit from the record-breaking amount the two schools raised through the giving challenge,” says Wayne Chipman, executive vice president for university advancement at Drury. “Together, we raised more this year than the past three years combined. In the end, we are proud to celebrate the great generosity shown and benefits realized from this event by our two universities.”
The fundraising event has become an annual challenge adding to the longstanding on-court rivalry between the Panther and Bearcat basketball teams. The schools sought to raise $13,000 each over the 13 days leading up to game. The final push for donations took place during Tuesday’s Catfight double-header at SBU.
“This event continues to grow and has become a hallmark of the annual basketball game,” said Dr. Tim Cloyd, President at Drury University, “This exciting challenge helps both schools benefit in serving our students.”
Funds raised will support the Annual Drury Experience Fund that ensures scholarships and financial aid for Drury’s growing enrollment that requires more financial aid and has a strong academic aptitude than ever before.