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Texas Delts: Continuing the Tradition Campaign Progresses to Over $6.55 Million Raised
Adjacent Property Purchased and Architect Selected
We are happy to announce that the capital campaign for Gamma Iota has made excellent progress over the last several months, and we have raised a significant amount toward our goal of $9.5 million and made strides toward the future of the Shelter. We are forever grateful to every one of you who has made a pledge to help us get this far, and to those who have volunteered countless hours to ensure this campaign’s success. The fall newsletter listed those who took an active role on the campaign board and in this issue, we would like to focus on the class leaders (page 3), who have engaged in a grassroots effort to encourage broad-based support from their pledge brothers, as well as the building committee, who has laid the foundation for what will be the most transformative event ever for 2801 San Jacinto.
Many fraternities at the University of Texas have already constructed new homes or are currently renovating their facilities. With your help, we know that we can rise to the challenge and create the finest fraternity house UT has to offer. Over the past six months, the building committee (see box) has been interviewing potential architects to determine the future of our Shelter. We are pleased and excited to announce that we have entered into a contract with Hsu Architects and will have updated renderings this summer. You can view examples of their work at www.hsuoffice.com. In addition to selecting the architect, we are working with the city of Austin to determine next steps that can occur before demolition of the adjacent property the House Corporation purchased in September.
However, the scope of the project will ultimately depend on the success of the campaign in the coming months. To determine what we can accomplish when construction begins in May 2020, we must reach our campaign goal. To do so, we require the support of brothers from every era. Our class leaders are off and running to increase their class’s participation. The alumni classes with the highest giving percentages are 1964, 1969, 1970, 1985, 1991, and 1998. The class of 1969 leads the way, with nearly 27% of the members giving to the capital campaign. Congratulations! Check out where your class ranks on page 3 and learn how you can help increase your class participation.
To date, 170 individuals have made gifts and pledges. While this certainly is a great number by itself, we need broad participation to get the job done. That includes you. Your financial commitment can be spread out over five years, allowing you to maximize your giving potential. For example, $5,000 over five years is only $2.74 per day or $83 per month. A gift of $1,000, $2,500 or $5,000 over five years is much more manageable on an annual basis, yet still makes a significant difference to the overall project.
We understand that there is no end to the worthy causes deserving your attention. However, we are asking you to give this project due consideration. If you have not pledged your support, please take a moment to reflect on how your Delt experience impacted your life and remember the lifelong friendships formed there. Now is your opportunity to play a major role in the future of Gamma Iota!
Bill McMeans ’80