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FGCU athletics to hold fundraiser and auction

FORT MYERS — To help offset the financial impact of COVID-19, the FGCU Department of Athletics announced today the launch of The Sustaining Flight Fundraiser and Auction (www.fgcuathletics.com/sustainingflight).

The fundraising campaign will help mitigate operational revenue loss and the additional expenses incurred as a result of COVID-19 protocols. All funds raised during the campaign will go to support areas that directly impact student-athletes.

In lieu of hosting the annual Night at the Nest gala this year, one of FGCU’s most successful fundraising events, the department will be hosting a virtual, online auction from Nov. 30 through Dec. 4. Fans and supporters will be able to bid on exclusive memorabilia, trip packages, unique event experiences and more.

The spring cancellation of events, including March Madness, the postponement of fall athletics events, decreased capacity in Alico Arena due to the CDC social distancing guidelines, and the increased costs involved with COVID-19 testing, along with other safety implementations has presented an unprecedented budget deficit in excess of $2 million.

“At this critical juncture, we are asking for the continued tremendous support of FGCU Athletics by the Southwest Florida Community and beyond,” Associate Athletics Director for Advancement Graham Diemer said. “The challenges presented by the pandemic and the pivot that we had to make to the virtual space for the auction are speed bumps. However, the investments made by our donors, corporate sponsors and auction item donors and bidders, will help ensure that our student-athletes experience opportunities and experiences to be successful in competition, the classroom and as future community leaders.”

For more information or to make a gift, contact Associate AD for Development Graham Diemer at 239-590-7117 or gdiemer@fgcu.edu.

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