March Plaidness Giving Challenge
Alumnae March Plaidness Giving Challenge: May the Best Plaid Win!
2019: 192 donors. $9,277.75. To say last year’s inaugural March Madness Giving Challenge was a success would be an understatement! It proved that we Saddlelites are fierce competitors and we will come together to support something that will always hold a special place in our hearts, Regina High School. Given what we are all going through now with so much uncertainty, I know everyone's strength and faith will overcome this time.
We have decided to continue the challenge this year in hopes of providing a somewhat positive distraction so we can look ahead to our future and what this fund can do for Regina. The proceeds from this challenge allowed us to begin the Alumnae Association Scholarship Fund that will assist incoming and/or current Saddlelites receive the same invaluable educational experience you did. Last year, 2005 and 1978 battled to the very end, but the Class of 1978 swept away the rest of the competition by donating a total amount of $4,107! We are excited to see who will be crowned as Regina’s Best Plaid.
We look forward to assisting students so they may experience the Regina tradition, we also want to acknowledge those affected by the school closings due to the coronavirus. While we are continuing with the challenge, we are focusing on those in need, especially during this difficult time, which holds so much uncertainty. The funds raised in this challenge are being dedicated to the Gleaners Community Food Bank. More than 300,000 children in Michigan rely on free and reduce-priced meals at school, and now they are going without. Gleaners is hosting drive-up food distributions to ensure these children and their families have access to nutritious food. The funds will also go to Regina families who are demonstrating financial need, especially during this unprecedented time.
However, we do understand not all are able to financially support the challenge, so we ask those who cannot to join us in praying for those who are affected. Whether it be fore those directly affected by the virus or for the medical professionals who are working tirelessly during this challenging time. Everyone needs our prayers, our gratitude, and our support.
It is as a community working together that we will all get through this. We pray for everyone's health and safety.
Here’s how it will work: From March 23rd until April 3rd, each graduating class will compete in a tournament-style competition to claim the title of Regina’s Alumnae March Plaidness Champion for 2020. This will be determined by total donation amount. The donation amount will increase after each round, but there will be an opportunity to choose your donation total! Each and every gift to Regina is important and makes a difference, and it will now make a difference throughout our community as well. The top 16 classes will be seeded into our bracket and then compete until our top 2 classes battle for the ultimate title.
Here's how you can play:
- Follow the schedule on the back and make a donation online so your class can advance each round. Any and all donations count toward your class total.
- Each round’s results will be emailed to the participants, but you can check our website for updates.
- Encourage others in your class to support and donate! You can do this via email or on social media. Any tiebreakers are determined by number of participants, so the more support the better chance you will earn Top Alumnae Class!
- You do not just have to be alumnae to donate – so get your families and friends involved! Just ask them to include what year they would like to make a donation on behalf of when they check out.
All donors on behalf of the winning class will win t-shirts as Regina March Plaidness winners and the Top Alumnae Class of 2020. The win will be noted in our alumnae magazine, The Reginite, The Saddle News, our April e-newsletter, and on social media. Finally, the winning class will be added to the March Plaidness plaque that is displayed in the Regina Alumnae Office.
Thank you for continuing to support Regina High School! May the best plaid win!
Emily Frikken `09
Alumnae Relations Director & Advancement Manager