IPTAY Doubles its Previous Fund-raising Record


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Clemson, SC- IPTAY raised over $20 million in pledges during the
2000-01 fiscal year according to data released by George Bennett,
executive secretary of Clemson's scholarship fund-raising
organization. The figure was more than doubled the previous record
set last year.


The official dollar figure for the pledges for IPTAY 2001 was
$20,278,795.80, shattering the previous record of $10,062,859.70 set
during the 1999-00 fiscal year. Bennett announced that the
organization had 24,879 members during the year that closed June,
30, 2001, also a record.


"We had a great year and much of the reason for it is the
great feeling people have about Clemson under President Jim Barker
and Athletic Director Bobby Robinson," said Bennett. "Clemson
people feel great about what has been going on at the University."


Bennett said there were many other reasons for the increase,
including a change in the Life Member program, the Tiger Pride
campaign and the growth of the endowment program. He reported that
the Tiger Pride Campaign raised $7.5 million this past year (not
included in the above $20 million total) and now has raised $23
million. The Tiger Pride Campaign has a goal of $65 million.


"We have begun a lot of digging at our athletic facilities
on campus and raising money for the Tiger Pride campaign will be our
emphasis this year," said Bennett. Construction has already begun
on the new annex at Littlejohn Coliseum. Renovations to the South
Side of Clemson Memorial Stadium will be ready by opening day.
Further renovations to the West end of the stadium will begin after
this football season.


Bennett said it will be difficult to top the fund-raising
numbers established this year, but he and his staff are taking a
positive approach. "We want to thank all the members for their
pledges this year and especially the 750 IPTAY Representatives.
They do a great job of selling our story around the country."


Bennett also announced that season ticket sales for the 2001
Clemson football season had reached 57,365, just 260 short of the
all-time record.

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