Wildcat Navy Capital Fund

$133,422
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88% of $150,000 goal
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An Anonymous DonorThe DeGrandis Family matched $11,955

An Anonymous DonorRon '64 & Brad DeGrandis '91 matched $50,000
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About

The Wildcat Navy Capital Fund was established in 2021 as a concerted effort to plan for the ongoing equipment needs of Saint Ignatius Crew. Donations to the Fund go directly to purchasing boats, oars, launches, trailers, and ergs in order to provide rowers and coaches with the equipment needed to compete at the highest level both in the Midwest and nationally. Head Coach Connor Walters ’09 determines capital priorities in consultation with the coaching staff and Athletic Department; the Advancement Department serves as the steward of all gifts made to the Fund.

VESPOLI VHP 8+ - $45,000

As of 2020, the average age of the program’s eight-man shells was 16 years old. Our top competitors add a new eight every 2-3 years, and so an upgraded fleet is critical to remaining competitive. We’ve seen improved performances while renting a Vespoli VHP boat for the 2021 Midwest and National championships and aim to keep raising our results. A new shell benefits the entire program by raising top-end performance and giving all rowers a better boat to practice and race in. Naming rights available.

VESPOLI VHP 4+ - $25,000

A key piece of our program’s success has been racing in 4-man shells. In 2019, the newest addition to the gold fleet was generously donated by Joe Cleary as Anne was christened at the Head of the Cuyahoga Regatta. The crew that raced it at that regatta secured the fastest time among any 4-man crew on the day, including collegiate and masters teams. Another new 4-man racing shell would enable the team to consistently put out crews in identical boats, which is ideal for seat selection as well as competing at regattas all-year long. Naming rights available.

COACHING LAUNCH - $20,000

Keeping up with fast high school crews on the Cuyahoga River requires launches to stay up with the pace—without too much wake. Maintaining a fast and safe fleet of wakeless launches enables coaches to run more effective practices safely without washing out everyone else on the water. Includes trailer for winter storage and transport. Naming rights available

Updates
Additional $25,000 Match!

The DeGrandis Family has generously offered to match up to an additional $25,000, in response to the incredible support the fund has received so far. Thank you to the DeGrandis Family for their ongoing support, and to everyone who has made a gift to support the Wildcat Navy Capital Fund!

431 days ago by Nora Hudec
$50,000 Match Challenge

To jump-start the Fund, Ron ’64 and Brad DeGrandis ’91 have committed to matching all donations up to $50,000, which would enable the program to immediately move forward with all of today’s current priorities.

499 days ago by Nora Hudec

Donor Map
Class LeaderboardThe Class Leaderboard reflects giving from Alumni, Students, Parents
AffiliationDonors$ Raised
19913$50,250
19642$50,000
19946$13,750
19925$12,600
20281$10,000
202411$7,950
20239$4,500
20152$4,100
20257$3,350
20033$1,600
19731$1,000
20263$1,000
20182$750
19972$600
19961$500
20212$500
19871$500
19982$350
20042$350
20052$275
19901$250
20081$250
20221$250
19861$250
19881$250
20001$100
20011$100
20121$100
20201$100
20091$50
19801$50
20101$50
20171$20
20161$11
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