Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Foundation Commits to Fostering Rugby's Growth with 50 Club

A very integral part of the rugby lifestyle is giving back to the sport and community that gives so much to its players, coaches, fans and families. Many talk about giving back and do so in small doses. The 1964 Foundation, based out of Cleveland, Ohio, is making a big move in that direction with its 50 Club.

The 50 Club is a new annual fundraiser designed after similar models used by other rugby and soccer clubs abroad. The goal of the Club is to sell at least 50 raffle tickets at $500 a piece. Once the last ticket is sold, there will be a monthly drawing where two winning numbers will be drawn. First prize is $600. Second prize is $300.  During the 12th month's drawing, the first prize gets kicked up to $1,000. Each month's drawing includes all 50 tickets that were sold - so if you win one month, your number goes back into the hopper and is eligible again.

This drawing will collect funds to fuel the Foundation's commitment to furthering the development of rugby in Northeastern Ohio in three main areas. First, the Club's money will bolster endeavors that support the usual areas of youth, high school and college rugby infrastructure in the area. The money will also support the development of well-organized and solidly-funded select side teams for men and women. The final primary use for this money will be finding land to build a rugby facility to serve all local rugby activity.

Recently, the rugby community in Northeast Ohio has came together to help the Foundation in its fundraising efforts. This generosity laid the groundwork for the 50 Club and many of the support efforts put forth by the Foundation to this point. In November of 2014, rugby in Cleveland turned 50.  The Foundation organized and hosted The Rugby Ball as a celebration of this achievement and the efforts that went into making it possible. The black-tie affair collected donations that night, which allowed the Foundation to give more than $60,000 of financial support in the following years. After seeing how much good came from that one-time support, the Foundation determined that ongoing fundraising is necessary to support growth initiatives int he area more effectively.

Tickets for the 50 Club can be bought by individuals, or people can pool their funds and come together on a ticket. To join the 50 Club, go to the 1964 Foundation Web site and click on Donate. Donations can be made with credit cards or via PayPal. Tickets may also be purchased by check, made payable to “The 1964 Rugby Foundation.” The 1964 Rugby Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, so contributions are fully tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Once the twelve-month period ends, the Foundation will provide a full report of its activities, along with invitations to renew ticket purchases for the next period.

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