Ignite Ole Miss, the University of Mississippi’s crowdfunding platform for community fundraising, has launched a fundraiser to raise money for updates to the Olivia and Archie Manning Center.
The Manning Center, a $18 million football athletic facility completed in 2004 and named for the Manning family in 2013, is getting an upgrade. New graphics, a new sound system and enhancements to the Williams-Reed Football Foyer will cost $500,000.
“The Manning Center speaks a great deal to our donor support, our athletics tradition and the future of our program,” said Ole miss athletics director, Ross Bjork. “I have been all over the nation, and this is one of the most impressive out there. We are excited about the numerous enhancements we’ve made to this facility, and it will continue to serve as a tremendous recruiting asset for all of Ole Miss Athletics.”
Fans, students and alumni can donate money and are eligible to receive actual Vaught-Hemingway Stadium turf, game-worn Sugar Bowl helmet, a replica Sugar Bowl ring, Sugar Bowl print or an Ole Miss oak desk display.
Donation gifts are limited, but there is still 24 days left to claim your gift. As of today, 782 donors have raised $326,180 of the $500,000 goal. The fundraiser ends on March 13, at 7 a.m. central.
All donations are 80 percent tax deductible after the cost of the benefit is deducted from the total cost of the donation and count towards priority point in the Ole Miss Athletics Foundations.
For more information or to donate visit ignite.olemiss.edu.
Emily Newton is a staff writer for hottytoddy.com and the editor of Experience Oxford magazine. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.