Our country has been profoundly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Many universities including UWM at Waukesha have closed and the spring semester and summer school will be completed online. Additionally, most live events scheduled in early summer have been canceled. In the interest of safety and with consideration of our sponsors, donors, golfer and attendees, the UWM at Waukesha Foundation has made the difficult decision to cancel its golf outing scheduled for June 22, 2020.
As you may know, the Golf Outing is the Foundation’s largest fundraiser. The proceeds fund the Foundation as it provides support for the students, faculty and campus of UWM at Waukesha. As you can imagine, the impact of the pandemic has been devastating for our students. Many have lost their jobs on campus or in the community, lost access to the campus food pantry, lack adequate technology to work successfully online and are experiencing isolation as they try to complete their course work.
What was offered as an opportunity to golf on a summer day, bid on auction items, purchase raffle tickets and win prizes, now becomes a direct plea for your help. If you (or your business) were planning on sponsoring, golfing, attending, bidding or buying, we ask humbly that you consider donating that same amount to the Foundation.
Every year the need is great and the campus relies on financial support from the Foundation, but what we are facing this year is like nothing we’ve ever seen before. It is not business as usual for the Foundation, campus or our students. It is teaching, learning and working from makeshift offices or classrooms in basements, on kitchen tables or in your lap on a couch.
As we do our part to flatten the curve by canceling the golf outing, please remember the ultimate purpose of the outing is to assist the Foundation’s mission support the campus. While we would love it if we could all get together to golf, we can all come together in a shared mission to support the campus.
Alex Lackore, CPA Margaret Millspaw
Board of Directors Golf Committee
Dr Mary Knudten
Laraine & Mike O'Brien
Sarah & Scott Ponath