The Western Challenge 2024

1,165
Donors
93% of 1,252 Donor goal
$432,198
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An Anonymous DonorAnonymous matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $200Just for Golden Motion Dance Team

An Anonymous DonorKelly Severs and Amy Crosby matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $200Just for LGBT*QA Resource Center

An Anonymous DonorRon Pettigrew matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $250Just for Veteran's Engagement, Research, Recruiting, Retention Fund

An Anonymous DonorRon Pettigrew matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $250Just for Veterans Resource Center Bldg Enhancement, Repair, Modernization Fund

An Anonymous DonorRon Pettigrew matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $250Just for Veterans Resource Center

An Anonymous DonorRon Pettigrew matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $250Just for Supporting Those Who Support Those Who Serve Military Spouse Scholarship

An Anonymous DonorJustin Schuch and Drew Donahoo matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $300Just for First Generation Student Scholarship

Justin Schuch photoJustin Schuch matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $300Just for Student Retention Initiatives

An Anonymous DonorJim and Debbie Carter matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $500Just for Scholarship for Returning Leatherneck Alumni

An Anonymous DonorVictoria Kappel matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $500Just for Soccer - Women's

An Anonymous DonorJim and Debbie Carter matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $500Just for Basketball - Women's

An Anonymous DonorJim and Debbie Carter matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $500Just for Basketball - Men's

An Anonymous DonorPeter Joseph Gloviczki matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $500Just for Broadcasting and Journalism

An Anonymous DonorMac Price matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $500Just for Phonathon Student Scholarship

An Anonymous DonorAn Anonymous Donor matched $50 for each donor, donating a total of $100Just for Race, Religion, Gender, and Multidisciplinary Studies

An Anonymous DonorLois Lueck matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $500Just for America Reads Program

An Anonymous DonorJim and Debbie Carter matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $750Just for Track, Field & Cross Country

An Anonymous DonorJim and Debbie Carter matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $750Just for University Housing and Dining Services

An Anonymous DonorConnie Kowal '74 matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $1,000Just for Baseball

An Anonymous DonorEldon Brown '96 matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $1,000Just for Financial and Commodities Trading Lab

An Anonymous DonorSkip Begley matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $1,000Just for Soccer - Men's

An Anonymous DonorCathy Early matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $1,000Just for Golf - Women's

An Anonymous DonorDr. Regina Young-Hyatt and Mr. Chad Hyatt matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $1,000Just for Student Life

An Anonymous DonorDr. Regina Young-Hyatt and Mr. Chad Hyatt matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $1,000Just for University Housing and Dining Services

An Anonymous DonorDeb Miller '84, '86 matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $1,000Just for Alumni Association

An Anonymous DonorAn Anonymous Donor matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $1,250Just for Council for Exceptional Children - WIU Chapter

An Anonymous DonorDave and Jackie Thompson matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $1,500Just for Col. Rock Live Mascot Fund

An Anonymous DonorDr. Sue Martinelli-Fernandez matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $1,500Just for Martinelli and Radosh Civil Service Award for Excellence

An Anonymous DonorMartin O' Connor matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $1,500Just for Financial and Commodities Trading Lab

An Anonymous DonorGreg and Dorothy Chapman matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $2,000Just for WIU Food Pantry

An Anonymous DonorPost 6 Big Band matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $2,000Just for Jeff Holtz Jazz Recording Scholarship

An Anonymous DonorJim and Debbie Carter matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $3,000Just for Leatherneck Club (General Fund)

An Anonymous DonorJeremy Robinett matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $4,000Just for Hunter Mason Memorial Endowment

An Anonymous DonorEd and Sue Holzwarth matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $5,000Just for Leatherneck Club (General Fund)

An Anonymous DonorBob Klannukarn matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $5,000Just for Student Retention Initiatives

An Anonymous DonorEric Gleacher '02 matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $12,500Just for Golf - Men's

An Anonymous DonorEric Gleacher '02 matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $12,500Just for Golf - Women's

An Anonymous DonorKeith Blue '88 matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $20,000Just for Football

An Anonymous DonorDr. Eric Mansfield matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $25,000Just for Horrabin Hall Improvements

An Anonymous DonorMarilyn Cichowski matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $30,000Just for Volleyball
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James A. Schmidt photoJames A. Schmidt gave $300 because $1,000 was given by donorsJust for College of Arts & Sciences Unrestricted Fund

An Anonymous DonorAn Anonymous Donor gave $500 because $500 was given by donorsJust for Phonathon Student Scholarship

An Anonymous DonorBrian '73 and Linda Savage gave $2,500 because 100 donors gaveJust for Alumni Association

An Anonymous DonorNorm Rocke '71 gave $3,000 because 40 donors gaveJust for College of Arts and Sciences
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For your gift of $60 or more, receive this year's pair of limited edition Western Challenge socks!
The 'Necks' Big Thing

Welcome to The 'Necks' Big Thing!

Join us today as WIU alumni and friends celebrate the journey that began with those little things and culminated in the grand achievement of graduation.

Show your affinity for Western by making a meaningful contribution to what you love at Western during the Western Challenge.

Your support ensures today's Leathernecks are ready for The 'Necks' Big Thing.

Ways to Give:

Online (preferred):

To ensure that your gift gets counted in the Western Challenge totals, make a gift on this website before 11:59 p.m. CST on April 24, 2024.

Phone:

Call the Western Challenge Team at (309) 298-1874 between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. CST to make a gift over the phone using your credit card.

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Marilyn Cichowski
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Dr. Eric Mansfield
Heart icon matched a total of $25,000
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Keith Blue '88
Heart icon matched a total of $20,000
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Eric Gleacher '02
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Eric Gleacher '02
Heart icon matched a total of $12,500
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Bob Klannukarn
Heart icon matched a total of $5,000
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Ed and Sue Holzwarth
Heart icon matched a total of $5,000
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Jeremy Robinett
Heart icon matched a total of $4,000
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Gerry Salzman
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generated 1 gift, totaling $3,036