Bulldog Football Lift-A-Thon On March 26

Bulldog Football Lift-A-Thon On March 26

Big Rapids, Mich. - The 2010 Ferris State University football team in conjunction with the Ferris Gridiron Club will conduct its 28th annual Bulldog Lift-A Thon fundraising event Friday, March 26, at the Ferris State Convocation Center’s 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.

For the first time, this year's Lift-A-Thon will include the Bulldog Challenge, which consists of a bench competition, pro shuttle run, 20-yard sprint, tug of war along with a talent show.

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 nation’s 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 year’s event is to generate over $20,000 for the program.

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.

Pledges for the Lift-A-Thon can be made on a per-pound basis or on a flat dollar rate donation. Those sponsoring a football student-athlete will be billed following the event for their per-pound commitment.

Pledges or payment (checks) may be made payable to Ferris State University and mailed to the following address: Advancement Office, 420 Oak Street, Prakken 101, Big Rapids, Mich. 49307. 

Payments may also be made via credit card by calling Sherry Erbes at (888) 378-3647 or online by visiting this link:

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.

For more information and/or to make a donation to the Ferris State Football Lift-A-Thon event, please contact Gary Wendlowsky at (231) 591-2827 or via e-mail at: wendlog@ferris.edu