Aug. 2, 2005
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- While Bronco sports teams were having a successful season of competition, the Bronco Bench Foundation enjoyed another great year in 2004-05.
In its 43rd year of existence as the West Coast Conference's longest-running athletic fundraising organization, the Bronco Bench recently presented the SCU athletic department with a check for more than $1.4 million. Funds generated by the Bench are earmarked for scholarships to deserving student-athletes at Santa Clara and helps provide the resources necessary for the school to have a competitive NCAA Division I athletics program.
"The Bronco Bench is very excited and proud to be able to provide these funds in support of the terrific scholar-athletes at Santa Clara," said outgoing Bronco Bench president Rick Giorgetti. "I want personally thank the Bench's Board of Trustees and its committee members as well as the athletic staff at SCU for their hard work in accomplishing our goals this past year. Special thanks to the 1,300 plus Bronco Bench member/donors - those who have given for the first time and those who have given for the last 43 years - for supporting our Bronco athletes."
The Bench was founded by Sal Sanfilippo '30, J.D. '32, and others to raise money for and build Buck Shaw Stadium, which the group then donated to the University. Subsequently, it was decided to keep the fundraising efforts going to benefit scholarships at SCU.
"The Bronco Bench is extremely critical to the athletic and academic success of our department and our wonderful student-athletes," said athletic director Dan Coonan. "The donors who help provide scholarships through the Bronco Bench are really making a significant impact in helping shape the future of Santa Clara Athletics."
Today, the Bronco Bench Foundation has a $16 million endowment, more than 1,300 individual and business donors. The Bench has periodically helped offset the cost of operations and facilities, but the primary focus is on scholarships. Over the years, the Bench has donated approximately $25 million to Santa Clara University.
For more information on the Bronco Bench, please call 408/554-5577 or click here.