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2016: A banner year for the MCGAA

posted Jan 1, 2016, 6:51 PM by Midwest Hurling   [ updated Jan 1, 2016, 6:52 PM ]
2016 will be a banner year!  The MCGAA is embarking on a series of fundraisers in select cities in the Midwest to support MCGAA's development efforts, our clubs, and laying the foundation for a scholarship fund.  

"It's an ambitious plan", says Matt Schwertfeger, newly appointed volunteer development officer, "but one that is necessary to bring collegiate Gaelic games to the next level."  The MCGAA has seen steady growth and a torrent of interest over the past few years.  "The interest from college students has been overwhelming for our volunteers, which allowed some clubs to fold or never get off the ground," Matt said.  "Our current fundraising efforts will allow the MCGAA to ensure that all interested college students will have the opportunity to enjoy Gaelic games and reap the personal and professional development that accompanies student club leadership."  

The first fundraising luncheon will be held at Purdue University's Memorial Union on January 30, 2016 at 11am.  West Lafayette Mayor, John Dennis, will be the guest speaker.  Prior to becoming the city's chief executive, Mayor Dennis spent a couple years living in Ireland and has a unique understanding of the importance of international aspects in leadership.  Tickets are $55 and can be purchased on the MCGAA website via PayPal (a PayPal account is not necessary for purchase).  RSVP by January 22.

2016 will be a bright year for collegiate Gaelic games development.  Matt stresses, "Alumni and those who want to see Gaelic games succeed in the U.S. will play a vital role in this success."  Those not able to attend are encouraged to consider a small gift to the MCGAA.  Donations can be made in any denominations and even in recurring monthly installments through the Midwest Collegiate GAA website via PayPal.