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Flames Club Giving Reaches Record Level

August 2, 2007
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Flames Club giving reaches record level.

Flames Club giving reaches record level.

Flames Club Annual Fund contributions reached the $200,000 threshold at the end of July, as the organization continues to grow at a record clip. Giving to the Flames Club through the Annual Fund campaign reached the $200,000 barrier for the first time in history in 2006, but didn't cross that mark until mid-October. There were 171 members in the 2007 Flames Club at the end of July, who had contributed a total of $204,000, compared to 113 members contributing $90,000 at of the end of July 2006. The average size gift this year-to-date is $1,193, compared to $796 in 2006, representing an increase of nearly $400 per donor.

Flames Club gifts are contributed on an annual basis, and help to underwrite the costs of operating the Liberty Athletics program. Membership levels range from $50 to $10,000, with members enjoying preferred seating, parking and pre-game dining privileges based upon contribution level.

The Flames Club Annual Fund totals do not include capital gifts, which are donated towards a specific athletics facility addition or improvement. Capital gifts can result in naming rights recognition, but do not include Flames Club benefits. Total year-to-date giving to Liberty Athletics, including capital gifts, had reached $871,000 at the end of July, compared to $140,000 at the same time last year.

Bob Good, Director of Athletics Development & Flames Club, said that the athletics administration is very pleased with the positive trend in giving to benefit the program. "We set a goal of reaching $500,000 in gifts to the Flames Club Annual Fund this year, which would represent a ten-fold increase from where we were as recently as 2004, and we feel that we have a realistic chance of reaching that goal." Good attributed the increase in giving to Liberty Athletics to excitement over the direction of the football program, and the athletics program overall under the direction of Director of Athletics Jeff Barber.

For more information, or to join the Flames Club, call 434-582-2178, e-mail FlamesClub@liberty.edu, or visit the Flames Club page on the LibertyFlames.com web site.