May 1, 2014
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. - Pirate Blue's third annual Donor Matching Day on Wednesday generated record setting contributions for a single day in the athletic fund's three decade history, thanks to the loyal supporters of Seton Hall Athletics. Donations poured in non-stop for 24 hours from nearly 450 alumni, family and friends of the program, donating a total that exceeded $193,000, all of which will play a vital role in enhancing the overall experience for Seton Hall student-athletes.
Pirate Blue reached its overarching goal of receiving donations from supporters in all 50 states in order to meet the challenge of one generous, anonymous donor who contributed $50,000 for the achievement. It took nearly 21 hours to complete the initiative with Hawaii, on a six-hour lag, coming in with the final donation around 9 p.m. eastern. However, the tremendous support of the Pirate faithful stretched beyond the United States borders, it became an international effort as the furthest donation was received from a proud alumnus currently serving the nation in Afghanistan.
This historic day for the Pirate Blue Athletic Fund was made possible from the generosity of RTB Media which matched 30% of donations made on April 30. RTB Media is a full service sports hospitality firm that utilizes an extensive network of current players, coaches, and broadcasters. In total, there was a 50% increase of Pirate Blue donors from last year's event and the donation total escalated 170%.
"The camaraderie of alumni and friends of the program elevated Donor Matching Day to a new level," said Director of Athletics Patrick Lyons. "The generosity of our faithful supporters was overwhelming with a special thanks to RTB Media and the anonymous donor who infused excitement to the day with our 50 state challenge. The outpouring of support we received helps us fulfill our mission of providing the top resources to our student-athletes and enrich their experience at Seton Hall."
Donor Matching Day is annually held in conjunction with Seton Hall's 30-for-30 basketball season ticket renewal incentive program that runs through April. All donors who contributed $30 or more on April 30 were entered into a raffle for a pair of 2014-15 men's basketball season tickets. This year's winning donor was Robert Hooper `94 of Long Valley, N.J.
The Pirate Blue Athletic Fund directly supports the Seton Hall Department of Athletics and its 200+ student athletes. Pirate Blue strives to embrace and engage the most dedicated Pirate fans within the Seton Hall community to further promote the passion and camaraderie that makes the University so unique. You can make a tax-deductible contribution and join Pirate Blue today by calling 973-275-6447 or visiting PirateBlue.com .