Our supporters can generally be divided into two groups, those who were a part of the program in college, and those who have come to the program since then. We refer to the latter as “Friends of the Program” and it is likely there is no other program in the country which enjoys greater support from its Friends. Washington’s Friends sent the “boys” to Berlin in ’36 and the men & women to Henley 82 years later. It is a sterling legacy.
As recipients of Sweep, you – our supporters – have chosen to prioritize this program. Simply stated, Washington Rowing would not be where it is today without you. Thank you. Because of your generosity, the program exceeded its fundraising goal for the 2017-18 fiscal year, raising $344,297 for the Annual Fund and made meaningful strides with endowments. As you review the numbers starting on page five, please know how vital each gift is to the strength and success of Washington Rowing.
Over the past number of years, the Board of Rowing Stewards has worked hand in hand with the team to create opportunities to get to know current student-athletes and reconnect with old friends. Whether that be the football tailgate hosted by Dave Herness, ‘91, and Charlie Malley, ‘01, or the Alumnae Brunch launched by Adrienne Hunter, ’03, and the UW Women’s Team or the Husky hospitality tent at the Head of the Charles organized by Charlie Clapp, ‘81. These events, have grown in size and scale every year, but now we are looking to throw a little fuel on our outreach efforts by calling on you to help us grow our community.
We ask that you reach out to colleagues who have yet to connect with the team and invite them to join you at an event. Talk up the card or Stewards pin you received as a result of donating to the program. Organize a reunion, or to put it differently, invite some old friends to dinner.
The success of Washington Rowing has always been reliant on the depth of our roster. It is no different with our Stewards. Our strength depends on our numbers. As supporters, you understand the value you bring to this program. Please make a goal of bringing an old friend back to our community this season. By doing so, you will continue the legacy of the Washington Rowing Stewards.
Jane Powers and Trevor Vernon
Board of Washington Rowing Stewards
2018-19 Board of Washington Rowing Stewards