• $1M Naming Rights Deal Funds Park Improvements

    by Ron Maxey 901-333-2019 December 2014

    Southaven has agreed to a $1 million, 10-year deal with Mississippi-based BankPlus for naming rights at the city-owned Snowden Grove Park, and money from the agreement will help finance improvements to Snowden Grove Amphitheatre and other venues within the park.

  • $6M Donation to Fund Performance Center at Miami U.

    by Mark Schmetzer December 2014

    Miami alum Randy Gunlock and his wife, Vicki, are providing a lead gift of $6 million to construct Gunlock Family Performance Center.

  • Lessee Invested $20K to Ensure Public Pool's Reopening

    by Megan Boehnke 865-342-6432 December 2014

    The Emerald Youth Foundation will reopen the city-owned pool it has leased at the Dr. E.V. Davidson Community Center after investing $20,000 in upgrades to the facility.

  • Online Program 'Pears' Youth Groups with Donors

    by News Sentinel staff December 2014

    Youth groups and school groups within a 50-mile radius of Knoxville have an opportunity to enjoy the fruits of a new partnership. Groups, from youth or high school sports teams to academic clubs and music groups, can use their social networks to complete online tasks to earn sponsorship dollars, up to $1,000, for the items they need through the new, free “Better Community Connections” sponsorship program from U.S. Cellular and Pear.

  • Fundraisers Doubt FAU Will Hit $34M Goal for Complex

    by Jeff Ostrowski December 2014

    Will wealthy donors write checks to build a lavish practice facility for a losing football team? Florida Atlantic University posed that question this week, when school officials announced a $16 million donation and said they're seeking an additional $34 million in private contributions to build a new sports complex on campus. Philanthropy experts wondered just how realistic that goal is, considering that $16 million is the largest single gift ever landed by FAU.

  • Fundraising Turned into 'Friendraising' at FGCU

    by Adam Fisher, December 2014

    Florida Gulf Coast University officials expected the fifth Night at the Nest, the school’s annual semiformal banquet, to provide a big boost to the Eagles’ athletic budget. The goal at Friday’s dinner was to raise more than a third of a million dollars.

  • Team Scrambles to Fund Pop Warner Super Bowl Trip

    by Susan Schulman; News Staff Reporter December 2014

    The Pop Warner Western New York Bills had a phenomenal season. Eleven wins. Undefeated. More than 300 points scored, 70 of them in the last two games. No points scored against them.

  • High School's Boosters Raise Money for Runner Hit by Car

    by PHS Pirate Booster Club December 2014

    Palatine High School student Ryan Kissane was running with some of his cross country teammates when he was hit and seriously injured by a car the morning of Nov. 21.

  • Tech, Funding Drive High School Scoreboard Upgrades

    by Dennis Van Milligen November 2014

    Beyond the playing surface itself, sports fans' eyes are drawn most often to one must-have venue amenity: the scoreboard. For high school administrators committed to modernizing their facilities without the funding to do so, scoreboards are increasingly seen as a great place to start. "Budgets are tighter than they've ever been," says Mike Daniel, CEO for Murray, Ky.-based Sportable Scoreboards. "Athletics has such a broad footprint, as it draws in so many folks to the school, that athletic administrators have to come across as putting their best foot forward, and a scoreboard is a big part of that."

  • 'Jock' Taxes Could Cover $150M Bucks Arena Bond

    by DON WALKER and PATRICK MARLEY, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (WI) November 2014

    Capturing the income tax paid by National Basketball Association players and team employees could support approximately $150 million in state general obligation bonding, according to a new Legislative Fiscal Bureau report.