While the top men’s and women’s college basketball teams were participating in March Madness, McCallie School young alumni were competing in the school’s inaugural 'March Match' campaign.
The effort raised $82,283.56 for the school’s Annual Sustaining Fund, $52,283.56 of which was new money.
The campaign, launched by the development office on March 3, invited classes from 1990-2013 to band together to see who could recruit the most participation and contribute the most money toward the ASF. It was run like a tournament bracket via a website and social media.
Classes were seeded based on members’ giving and pledges, and the top-16 classes advanced to the Schweet Sixteen, receiving points for percentage of class participation, gifts, online surveys and other means. The tournament ended March 20, pitting the Classes of 1992 and 1995 in the finals.
The Class of 1995 claimed the title with the largest increase in class participation percentage from 14 percent to 62. The Class of 1992 was the runner-up, raising $19,000 in new money. Class agents receiving MVP awards for leading their respective class’s efforts were L.A. Galyon ’95 and Andy Mims ’92.
The McCallie Invitational Tournament included all classes which were eliminated prior to the finals. The Class of 2005 came out on top with the highest giving percentage.
Because of the campaign, the average giving percentage to the ASF went up 7 percent.