The Fort Hill Clemson Club raised more than $100,000 at their 2020 Recruiting Wrap Up through sponsorships, ticket sales and the online auction.
Preserving Veterans’ Stories
The Library of Congress was the site of the Baltimore/Washington, D.C., Clemson Club’s gala on May 14 to celebrate Clemson’s military history and veterans. For the event, the club partnered with Veterans History Project, a Library of Congress project that collects and preserves the personal stories and histories of the United States military. In a Creative Inquiry led by history professor Vernon Burton, students assist Veterans History Project by conducting interviews and collecting materials before digitizing them and sending them to the Library of Congress.
At the event, Sen. Tim Scott, Congressmen Jeff Duncan ’88* and Ralph Norman, Lt. Gen. Gene Blackwell ’63*, Maj. Gen. Ed Jackson ’86*, retired Maj. Gen. Mark Dillon, Maj. Gen. Timothy Kelly and Brig. Gen. F. Carlos Hill ’86* were in attendance, along with members of Clemson Corps and current cadets. A sold-out crowd of 200 alumni, parents and friends of the University enjoyed the event.
Philly Golf Tournament
On June 7, the Philadelphia Clemson Club hosted its third annual golf tournament and silent auction dinner at Rock Manor Golf Club in Wilmington, Del. Sixty-eight golfers participated, and there was a special appearance by the Tiger Cub. Over $7,000 was raised that day for the club’s scholarship fund.
The Spartanburg Clemson Club held a scholarship banquet and silent auction on April 30, which included a taco bar buffet by Cribbs Catering and desserts by Big Ben’s Desserts, notably his famous banana pudding. The event featured Women’s Basketball Head Coach Amanda Butler and Tim Bourret, former sports information director, along with appearances by IPTAY, the Alumni Association and the Women’s Alumni Council.
On May 13, the Aiken County Clemson Club put on a “Celebrity Waiter Night” at Tailgate Tavern in Aiken, S.C., to benefit Children’s Place. Celebrity waiters included members of the Women’s Alumni Council and celebrity hosts Sally Tice and Allison Basile. The 2019 National Championship game was played, and there was a Clemson-themed menu for guests to enjoy
AN EVENING WITH THE PRESIDENT
On June 13, 2018, the Baltimore/ Washington, D.C., Clemson Club hosted an evening event at the Kennedy Caucus Room of the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C. Over 125 alumni gathered along with members of Congress, members of the Board of Visitors and guests from campus for a keynote speech by President Clements. Throughout the evening, guests enjoyed refreshments and heavy hors d’oeuvres, notably the local specialty: Maryland crab cakes.
The Atlanta Clemson Club welcomed Rashard Hall ’11, director of career and professional development for Clemson Football, to its fall speaker series on Sept. 21, 2018. Hall and fellow football alumnus Patrick Godfrey ’17 shared details about the PAW (Passionate About Winning) Journey program, which is focused on cultivating leadership in student-athletes through life skills and professional
Three Clemson students in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area arrived at the Twin Cities Clemson Club student sendoff on July 29, 2018, where they met and mingled with alumni who were there to support them as they headed to Tigertown. Guests enjoyed a potluck picnic at the home of host Heather Huck ’99. “The Twin Cities Clemson Club officially formed in 2016, and it has been awesome to see the enthusiasm for Clemson grow in the ‘Bold North,’” said club member Tyler Morey ’10.
The Smoky Mountain Clemson Club hosted its fourth annual football season kickoff tailgate at the Saratoga Pavilion of Anchor Park in Farragut, Tennessee, on Aug. 26, 2018. Alumni spent time catching up and feasting on a barbecue dinner from the Holy Smokin BBQ food truck.
On Sept. 12, 2018, the Richmond Clemson Club participated in the Alumni Charity Challenge, a food drive that supports the Central Virginia Food Bank. The event, held at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, brings alumni chapters from all over Virginia together to fight food insecurity in the state. The Richmond Clemson Club collected 1,462 pounds of the total 107,696 pounds collected at the event.
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On March 14, the Atlanta Clemson Club volunteered with the Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research and their meal adoption program. Club members served lunch at Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital to kids who are courageously fighting cancer as well as their families. The BBQ lunch was donated by alumni Tyler and Juliana Lindley, owners of Freckled & Blue Kitchen in Marietta, and the kids loved visiting with alumnus and Atlanta Falcons star Vic Beasley Jr. The club also welcomed Davis Babb, CEO of IPTAY, to their Speaker Series in March to share about IPTAY’s role in supporting athletics and the University.
Members of the San Diego Clemson Club along with alumni from the Los Angeles area came out to support the men’s basketball team in their amazing run in the NCAA tournament. This group is pictured at the game against New Mexico State, which Clemson won 79-68 to move to the second round.
The Charlotte and York County Clemson clubs helped to make a dream come true for Rock Hill High School student Brandon Dorman, who is living with stage 4 kidney disease. Each club donated $500 to fund his trip to Clemson. Dream On 3, an organization that makes dreams come true for children with chronic illnesses, developmental disabilities, or life-altering conditions, and representatives of the two clubs surprised Dorman at his school with a bus trip for him and his family to Howard’s Rock and a tour of the football facility as well as a chance to meet the coaching staff and players and attend spring practice. Kudos to Richard Doane with the Charlotte Club for getting the initiative started and to Jodie Smith from the York County Club for finalizing the efforts.
The Colleton County Clemson Club recently hosted a Wine and Design event featuring the talents and instruction of local Clemson art student Holly Rizer. Proceeds benefited the club’s scholarship fund for local students.
The South Florida Clemson Club had a nice turnout of 25 for Clemson Day at the Florida Panthers hockey game. Contact Jeff Goodman at email@example.com for more information about South Florida events.
While the Japan Alumni group is not yet an official Clemson Club, some of the more than 50 Clemson alumni and friends in Japan have been getting together for events a few times a year. They are exploring ways to support the University including providing support and guidance to students studying abroad in Japan or alumni moving to Japan for work, as well as finding internship opportunities for students. They are hoping to be the first international chartered alumni club. They gathered in November when Yuki Kihara Horose, study-abroad coordinator for Clemson Abroad, and Carolyn Crist, a student adviser with the College of Architecture, Art and Humanities Global Engagement, were visiting partner institutions in Japan. The group joined emeritus professors Yuji Kishimoto and Toshiko Kishimoto in Tokyo, their hometown, where they received the Japanese national medal of distinction in 2017.