DONOR CHALLENGE: Give your graduation year!

Patricia GibsonMHSAA News

Marion High School alum Patrice McCollum Woody saw a need and had a GIANT idea to give the amount of the last two digits from the year she graduated in 1976. So it was $76. She created a Giant challenge, if you will, to see if her giant class of more than 700 graduates would match her gift.

Then, she wondered: What if other years did the same?

And the idea caught on!

We’re keeping track of totals for each graduating class that has given here (total dollar amount given for each class is shown below, and updated at least weekly):

UPDATE: Timeline and prizes!

The Giant Graduation Challenge will run until Homecoming Weekend 2019! So at 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 12, the game is locked!

Then, at halftime of the Homecoming football game on September 13, 2019, we will announce which class wins the Giant Graduation Challenge. And, yes, there IS a prize for the winning class: a reunion at the beautiful Gardens of Matter Park at no cost to the class! We will have other surprises for that class as well!

Want to give?

Send your check along with name, graduation year, phone, and email to:
Marion High School Alumni Association
P.O. Box 448
Marion, IN 46952

You can also give online at www.givetogrant.org/giantdreams~or~ give through Facebook.

(Your donation is tax deductible as allowed by law, as Marion High School Alumni Association is a 501(c)3 organization.)

Who’s already on board:

We’re tracking individual donors here:

1931:

  • Dale Culley, given in his memory by his son Alan, Class of 1971

1933:

  • Chester Culley, given in his memory by his nephew Alan, Class of 1971

1947:

  • Dick Weagley, $200

1949:

  • Bobbie Don Bridgewater, given in his memory by his daughter Claire Strayer, in honor of the 70 years since he graduated, $70
  • Pierre “P.J.” Fisher, $49
  • Alice (Cantrell) Kramm, $49
  • Beverly (Hubbard) Weagley, $200

1950:

  • Carol (Walton) Fisher, $50
  • Desmond Wise, $50

1952:

  • “Jim” Sutter, $52

1954:

  • Sandra (Nukes) Perkins, $54

1955:

  • James Harris, $55
  • Thomas Nukes, $55

1956:

  • Phil Hartman Sr., given in his honor by his son Phil, Class of 1978, $56
  • Nelson Young, $56

1959:

  • Carolyn (Devine) Ellis, $59
  • Roberta (Bragg) Gates, $59
  • Carol (Plummer) Hamilton, $59
  • Hans Sheridan, given in his memory by his wife, Jeanne, $120
  • Jerry Whitton, $59

1960:

  • Larry Haines, $60 given in his honor by his sister Joyce (Haines) Eltzroth, Class of 1964
  • John Jacob, $60
  • Linda (Pressler) Shockey, $60

1961:

  • Elizabeth Stewart, $61

1962:

  • Amy (Whitcraft) Anderson, $62
  • John Anderson, $62
  • LeRoy Dunn, $62
  • John Earnest, $162
  • Marilyn (Carey) Hopkins, $62
  • Terry Porter, $62
  • Verlie Stewart, given in his memory by his siblings Elizabeth, Earl C, and Rhonda Stewart, $62

1963:

  • Norma (Anderson) Achor, $63
  • Robert “Duffy” Fankboner, given in his honor by his friend Dianne (Secttor) Smith, $63
  • Teddie Lee, $63
  • Dianne (Secttor) Smith, $63
  • Paul Usher, $63
  • Dee Dee Harrigan Wieking, $63

1964:

  • Joyce (Haines) Eltzroth, $86
  • Betty (Bowman) Porter, $64
  • Kitty Knauer Steel, $64
  • Bill Wells, $64

1965:

  • Leslee Lutz Anders, $65
  • Linda (Columbus) Kitts, $65

1966:

  • Deb (Nelson) Bruner, $66
  • Wylie Jones, $66 in memory of players and coaches on his team
  • Dale Knauer, given in his memory by his sister Kitty Knauer Steel, Class of 1964, $66

1967:

  • Douglas Brown, $67
  • Rowdy Bryant, $67
  • Alan Culley, $67 + $44 given in honor of his father-in-law Glen “Bilko” Eltzroth, Class of 1944
  • Nancy Harris, $67
  • Drew Kightlinger, $100
  • Peter Lonngren, $67
  • Ron Sexton, $67 (given in his memory by classmate Frank Ireland)
  • Joseph Swihart, $67
  • The Class of 1967 donated $196.70

1968:

  • Tiajuana Fisher Black, $68
  • Todd Curran, $68
  • Brent Davis, $68

1969:

  • Patrick Harrington, $20
  • Howard “Mickie” Livingston, $69
  • Steve Moritz, $69
  • Susan (McCollum) Sanders, $69
  • Dave Tippey, $69

1970:

  • Cathy (Shaw) Ardman, given in her memory by her sisters, Cindy (Shaw) Cunningham, Class of 1975, and Jennifer (Shaw) Wegner, Class of 1980, $70
  • Bill Barley, given in his honor by his sister Sally (Barley) Hoffman, Class of 1975, $70
  • John Baxter, $70
  • Jill (Brening) Key, $70
  • Twanna (Floriana) Patrick, $70
  • Sally (Arbaugh) Poehler, $70
  • Gregory Reed, $70
  • an anonymous donor gave $350

1971:

  • Bruce Baumbaugh, $71 + $100 given in honor of his parents, Marvin and Rida Jane (Howard) Baumbaugh, both 1944 graduates
  • Eddie Lee Black, $142 (because his class is two times better!)
  • John Claxon, $71
  • Philippa (Eltzroth) Culley, $71
  • Linda (Ellis) Dreiman, $71
  • Susan (Berger) Hamrick, $142 (following Eddie Lee Black’s lead, 1971 is twice as nice!)
  • James McIntyre, $71
  • Randy Rinearson, $71

1972:

  • Debbie Richcreek Holley and Scott Holley, $720
  • Edward McIlwain, $72
  • Karen (Damron) Nichols, $72

1973:

  • Thomas Barley, $73 given in his honor by his sister Sally (Barley) Hoffman, Class of 1975, and another $73 given by him
  • Mary Anne (O’Brien) Fath, $73
  • Brian Flynn, $73, plus an additional $73 in memory of Michael Parker
  • Kathie Jackson, $73
  • Tim Wentz, $73
  • David Wright, $73
  • Steven Wright, $73

1974:

  • Carol Anderson, $74 given in her honor by an anonymous classmate
  • Mike Barley, $74
  • Mike Barney, $74
  • Cindy (Smith) Bird, $74
  • Cathy (Bunker) Edelstein, $74
  • David Eltzroth, given in his memory by his sister Philippa (Eltzroth) Culley, Class of 1971, $74
  • Brian Landrum, $74
  • Carol (Wagner) Malott, $74
  • Lori (Quilhot) Maurer, $74
  • Mike O’Brien, $74
  • Terrie (Gray) Schafer, $74
  • Julie (Collins) Sherman, $74
  • Tim Wendt, $119 ($74 for his grad year, and $45 for the class’s 45th anniversary)

1975:

  • Carole (Arnold) Aldinger, $75
  • Patty (Spidel) Barney, $75
  • MaryEllen (Kiley) Bishop, $75
  • Tom Christie, $75
  • Bryce Coryea, $75
  • Frajola Doyle, $75
  • Cindy (Shaw) Cunningham, $75
  • Gina Doyle, $75
  • Julie (Drook) Flores, $75
  • Mary Jo Gowin, $75
  • Shirley Pritchett Hill Gustafson, $75
  • Sally (Barley) Hoffman, $75
  • Kyle Hutchens, $75
  • Bill Lester, $75
  • Sylvia (Siwik) O’Brien, $75
  • Julie Laweson Stegman, $75
  • Rhonda Stewart, $75

1976:

  • Mike Baccash, $76
  • Debra Norton, $76
  • Keith Rea, $76
  • Cheryl Snyder, $76 given in her honor by her sister Marcia Snyder Guenin, Class of 1974
  • Patrice McCollum Woody gave $76 to start of the challenge!

1977:

  • Bob Barley, given in his honor by his sister Sally (Barley) Hoffman, Class of 1975, $77
  • Mitch Booher, $77, given in his honor by his family
  • Greg Keeton, $77
  • Antonio Nukes, $77
  • James Rennie, $77

1978:

  • Jeff Arbuckle, $26 given in his memory by classmate Eric Tyler
  • Cindy (Lane) Gorman, $78
  • Phil Hartman, $78
  • Bob Jackson, $78
  • Tracy (Davis) Lester, $78
  • Phil McIntosh, $78, given in his memory by friend Tracy (Davis) Lester, Class of 1978
  • Tom Nelson, $78
  • Nelson Young, $78
  • Beth Winchell, $78
  • Laurie (Cruz) Wylie, $78, given in her memory by friend Tracy (Davis) Lester, Class of 1978

1979:

  • Mari (Andrick) Derado, $79
  • Debbie (Johnson) Flint, $79
  • Courtney Gorman, $79
  • Marcia (Snyder) Guenin, $79
  • Kathy (Booher) Landrum, $79
  • Reggie Nevels, $79
  • Kent Seavers, $79
  • Rhonda (Evans) Watkins, $79

1980:

  • Kelly (Smith) Battas, $80
  • Carolyn (Harper) Cunningham, $80
  • Felicia Cunningham, $80
  • Julie (Harris) Fauser, $80
  • Cathy (Thomas) Morris, $80
  • Carlton Rose, $80
  • Theresa Rouse, $80
  • Jennifer Lynn (Shaw) Wegner, $80
  • Tim Weiland, $80

1981:

  • Lori (Toy) Keeton, $81

1983:

  • Stacy Sample, $83

1984:

  • Dawn (Bonham) Darga, $84
  • Sylvia (Jones) Flowers, $84
  • Mark Lockwood, $84, given in his honor by his sister, Karen (Lockwood) Taylor, Class of 1987
  • Eric Trice, $84
  • Kellie (Clevenger) Street, $84
  • Eric Waltz, $84

1985:

  • Geoff Eltzroth, $85

1986:

  • Kari (Milford) Persinger, $86

1987:

  • Kyle Persinger, $87
  • Jerry Rayburn $87
  • Karen (Lockwood) Taylor, $152 ($87 for her class, $30 for the 30 years her mom, Fran, taught at Marion, and $35 for the 35 years her dad, Ray, taught at Marion)

1988:

  • Rive Bove-Whitton, $88
  • Scott Meyer, $88
  • Trent Nukes, $88
  • Nikki (Bosley) Worl, $88

1989:

  • Lori (Hurst) Eltzroth, $89
  • Aaron Vermilion, $89
  • Travis Whitton, $176 ($88 for himself and $88 in memory of classmate Collin Bowen)

1991:

  • Robert Hull, $91
  • Jennifer (Wells) Meyer, $91

1992:

  • Ann Beck Vermilion, $92

1993:

  • Bobby Browder, $93
  • Melissa Reising, $93
  • Suyin So, $93
  • Melissa (Wysong) Stone, $93

1994:

  • Serafina Salamo, $94

1997:

  • Alan Beck, $97
  • Michelle (Backs) Bunker, $97
  • Megan Gaddis, $97

1999:

  • Will Carroll, $99
  • David Culley, $99
  • Luke Mitchell, $99
  • Matthew Nicholson, $99

2000:

  • David Milford, $102
  • Sarah (Nicholson) Summersett, $20

2002:

  • A.J. Fricke, $102

2004:

  • Philip Bowers, $104
  • Kylie Jackson, $104
  • Tyler Jones, $104
  • Mark Milford, $104
  • Lisa (Sharp) Montany, $10
  • Eric O’Brien, $4
  • Barton Smith III, $104

2005:

  • Kyle Booher, $5
  • Lindsay Jackson, $5
  • Chris Sipes, $5

2007:

  • Ben Jackson, $7
  • Bre Laypoole, $7
  • Kevin O’Brien, $7
  • Chris Rumple, $7

2008:

  • Laycee (Byer) Bruner, $8
  • Lucas Bruner, $8
  • Emma Draves, $8

2009:

  • Josh Feuerstein, $9

2010:

  • Kristen (Futtrell) Edwards, $10
  • Nick Fauser, $10
  • Grace (Ballantine) Gorman, $10

2011:

  • Katie Landrum, $11

2012:

  • Cedrik Bell, $12
  • Leah (Breedlove) Bell, $12
  • Kiki Fauser, $12
  • Jazmin Feuerstein, $12
  • Aaron Messer, $12
  • Vaughn Persinger, $12
  • Cameron Steppler, $12
  • Cort-Lyn Steppler, $12
  • Audrey Walts, $12

2014:

  • Trevor Hiles, $14
  • Scott Meyer Jr. $14
  • Lila Persinger, $14
  • James Walts, $14

2015:

  • Courtney Barber, $15
  • Brook Creech, $15

2016:

  • Courtney Hiles, $16
  • Austin Chase Seavers, $16
  • Bryce Shockey, $16

2017:

  • Truman Bennet, $17
  • Abby Eltzroth, $17
  • Kobe Freshwater, $17

2018:

  • Sophia Kitts, $18
  • Macie McCarthy, $18
  • Connor Moritz, $18
  • Andrea Persinger, $18

2019:

  • Trevor Bennet, $19
  • Ethan Eltzroth, $19
  • Dylan Meyer, $19
  • Nenah Seward, $19
  • Jonathan Walts, $19

We will keep adding names as donations come in! The goal is to take this money and put it into our endowments so EVERY year we can allocate money to the kids and programs at Marion High School forever and ever. The beauty of endowments!

As of mid-May 2019 we have a total of $228,918.65 in the Giant Dreams Endowments. Great job, alumni!

Great idea, Patrice! Let the Giant Challenge begin!