Ferris State Gridiron Program To Hold Annual Fundraising Event

The Ferris State football program will hold its Lift-A-Thon fundraising event for the 25th straight year on March 23 at FSU's Jim Wink Arena.

The 2007 Ferris State University football team in conjunction with the Ferris Gridiron Club will conduct its 25th annual Bulldog Lift-A Thon fundraising event next Friday, March 23, at the Ferris State Convocation Centerís Jim Wink Arena in Big Rapids, Mich.

The FSU Football Lift-A-Thon, which begins at 6 p.m. (EDT) and is open free of charge to the public, serves as the primary fund raiser for the Ferris State football program. The funds raised from this event will have a direct influence in maintaining the essential elements necessary for the Bulldogs to operate a competitive NCAA Division II football program in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC), which is regarded as one of the nationís top conferences. Proceeds from the Lift-A-Thon will go towards maintaining current student-athlete scholarships, recruitment of new student-athletes, improvement within the weight training facilities, and assistance in the financing of both spring drills and early fall practice camp. The goal for this yearís event is to generate over $20,000 for the 25th consecutive year.

The Lift-A-Thon, which was developed in 1982, operates under the FSU Gridiron Club and every dollar contributed to the Lift-A-Thon will go directly to benefit the Bulldog football program through the Gridiron Club. Every dollar contributed for the Lift-A-Thon will go to the football program through the Gridiron Club and those who contribute will enjoy the various levels of benefits associated with the Gridiron Club.

Current members along with a football alumni representative Jim Skodak will participate in the power clean competition by weight class. Pledges can be made on a per-pound basis or on a flat dollar rate donation based upon how much weight a participant can successfully lift.

Pledges or payment (checks) may be made payable to Ferris State University and mailed to the following address: Football Office, Sports Complex 114, 210 Sports Drive, Big Rapids, Mich. 49307-2741.

Those sponsoring a football student-athlete will be billed following the event for their per-pound commitment. Michigan residents may claim a 50 percent credit on your Michigan tax return for gifts to FSU, to a maximum of $200 for individuals and $400 for couples. Gifts to Ferris State University also may be tax deductible on your federal return so please contact your tax advisor for details. Matching gifts are also welcomed.

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