Message from President Dave Dobos

Our alumni organization begins its first-ever comprehensive fundraising effort. Yes, we have raised money through the years via concession stand sales at athletic events, West High School merchandise sales, our annual golf outing, the silent auction at our December luncheon, and, of course, from hundreds of unsolicited gifts from alumni that have funded most of the $190,000 in scholarships we’ve awarded to graduating West High School seniors over the last 25 years. Yet, outside of a direct appeal seven years ago for funds to purchase used weightlifting equipment for student athletes and to help shore up a depleted operations treasury (alumni generously donated approximately $9000 via that effort), we haven’t made a concerted effort to ask alumni for their financial support. Then, the coronavirus hit…

Last month I received a call from Robin Schmidt ’49 Jan, a former president of this association. He knew the coronavirus had caused us to cancel most of this year’s alumni events, which would result in us missing out on the revenues they would generate, crippling our ability to provide the financial resources for scholarships and school-related projects. He pledged $1000 on the spot and offered to call several alumni he knew who he felt might be willing and able to provide similar help. I replied that I would match his pledge
and ask our Board for its approval to move forward with a comprehensive effort to raise the funds needed to keep our initiatives moving forward. We set a realistic dollar objective, one that is ambitious, yet attainable.

Our Goal: to raise $25,000 by the end of the year.

We ask you to consider making a financial gift to the West High School Alumni Association, designating it toward your desired purpose(s).  Our objective is to raise $25,000 by the end of the year.  In so doing, you will help build the legacy we pass to a new generation.

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