BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Lehigh’s March Mania is back!
The Lehigh Athletics Partnership has announced the return of the annual March Mania giving campaign, March 29-30. March Mania provides an opportunity for Lehigh Alumni, families and friends to demonstrate their passion and support for Lehigh Athletics or their favorite Lehigh sport, while helping offset serious budget shortfalls.
Philanthropic support from our Lehigh Athletics family has always been a crucial piece of our goal to achieving distinctive success both in and beyond competition. Incremental financial support from alumni, family and friends is needed in order for teams to compete for Championships, and operate a program of distinction year after year. Support from our community allows teams to hire staff, travel for competition, purchase equipment and uniforms, and provide development activities for our student-athletes to become stronger and successful. We want our programs to be equal to the level of excellence that is Lehigh … but we need your help!
The March Mania giving campaign originally launched in 2015. When it returned last year, after a one-year hiatus, the Lehigh Athletics community answered the call, with more than 1,500 gifts made totaling more than $ 830,000 raised.
Gifts may go to the sport program of your choice, multiple sport programs, and / or the General Unrestricted Athletics Partnership Fund. In any given year, the dollars raised via the General Athletics Partnership Fund go towards staffing assistance, program budget augmentation, and special projects.
One of the elements of previous March Mania campaigns has been competition among sport program alumni groups. For the second straight year, the competition will be scored according to the percentage of participation in giving among each of our sports’ alumni bodies during the March Mania giving period. The top five sports alumni bodies will earn extra funds for their programs. In addition, the sport team with the top dollars, and the sport team with the top donors will earn extra funds for their respective programs.
Here’s the breakdown:
Highest alumni participation rate by sport unlocks –
1st – $ 3,000
2nd – $ 2,500
3rd – $ 2,000
4th – $ 1,500
5th – $ 1,000
Sport with the most overall dollars unlocks – $ 1,000
Sport with the most overall donors unlocks – $ 1,000
Total Prize Money – $ 12,000
Several generous donors have offered additional challenge gifts supporting specific sport programs. These additional challenges can be found on each sport specific page, and can be found on the CHALLENGE tab of the March Mania website.
Gifts can be made on March 29-30 online by clicking on the sport (s) program (s) of your choice or the General Unrestricted Athletic Partnership Fund. Using our secure online giving form, you are able to make a one-time gift, recurring gift, or pledge / pledge payment using a VISA, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover credit card. Giving online saves time and decreases processing costs for Lehigh Athletics.
Donations may also be mailed. Please make checks payable to “Lehigh University” and indicate the sport program (s) or General Unrestricted Athletics Partnership Fund, and “March Mania” on the memo line of the check.
All checks may be mailed to:
Lehigh University Athletics
Attention – Lisa Landis
641 Taylor Street
Bethlehem, PA 18015
** Remember to make your check payable to “Lehigh University” and include the sport program and / or General Unrestricted Athletics Partnership Fund, and “March Mania” on the memo line of the check.