IC Was a Two-Time Winner Last Weekend

By Kyle Hornyak, November 21, 2019
IC community steps up to best Cortland in Cortaca Jug Giving Challenge.

Hot off the IC Bombers’ win against Cortland’s Red Dragons at MetLife Stadium, the IC community can now claim another victory against its storied rival by winning the Cortaca Jug Giving Challenge. A total of 938 donors stepped up to support IC, while 905 made gifts in support of Cortland.

The challenge, which launched Tuesday, November 12, at noon and ran through midnight on November 16, tasked Ithaca College and SUNY Cortland with encouraging their respective communities to make gifts in support of their school’s annual fund. The school with more donors (not dollars) would claim victory, and the losing school’s vice president of advancement would be on the line to write a personal check to their opponent’s annual fund.

man holding a check

Cortland's vice president for institutional advancement, Peter Perkins, holding up the check he wrote to the Ithaca College Annual Fund.

“I can’t decide what was more exhilarating — watching the IC Bombers take on and defeat Cortland, or watching the number of donors to the Cortaca Jug Giving Challenge continuously rise as game day progressed,” shared Wendy Kobler, vice president for institutional advancement. “I am thrilled that the Ithaca College community rallied together to show their Bomber pride, and relieved that I won’t have to write a check to Cortland!”

The IC Annual Fund touches all aspects of life at Ithaca College; funds go where they’re needed most, when they’re needed most, to support students’ IC experiences. “Donor philanthropy has had a huge impact on my time at Ithaca College,” shares Kathryn Hartman ’20, Senior Class Gift Committee Co-Chair. “It’s the IC Annual Fund, not just tuition and fees, that supports on-campus clubs and student orgs, updated classroom equipment, incredible guest lecturers and seminars, really all of the things that complement the total student experience.”

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To learn more about ways to support IC students, visit www.ithaca.edu/giving.