PANTHER ATHLETIC CLUB
PAC M E M B E R S H I P & T I C K E T I N F O R M AT I O N GE O R G I A S TAT E U N I VERSITY DEPARTMENT OF ATHLETICS
GSU ATHLETICS AND THE COMMUNITY
///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// As a leading research institution THE FUTURE IS NOW. ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// in the heart of Atlanta, GSU The Panther Athletic Club (PAC) is the official fundraising arm of Georgia State Athletics and provides you an opportunity to have an immediate and positive impact on the lives of more than 350 GSU student-athletes in 18 varsity sports.
brings educational excellence, economic vitality and improved quality of life to the city and well beyond. Successfully integrating academics and intercollegiate athletics is a key component of our service to and impact on the greater community. Excellence in both areas increases the national prominence of the university as a whole, which in turn benefits the state of Georgia as well as GSU students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends. As a member of our community, your loyal support will help provide our student-athletes with the opportunity to obtain a quality education at a wellrespected research institution and to compete at the highest level of NCAA Division I athletics.
1000% The percentage increase of the PAC annual fund from fiscal year 2009 to fiscal year 2010
Inaugural Game September 2, 2010 The inaugural GSU football game will be forever cherished by those in attendance on Sept. 2, 2010. However, this game was only the beginning of what will soon be a championship-caliber program. Join the team today by supporting GSU Athletics through the Panther Athletic Club.
MESSAGE FROM CHERYL L. LEVICK Dear Friends and Fans:
• 2010 Women’s Golf CAA Champions
With great appreciation and excitement, I thank you for your interest in the Panther Athletic Club (PAC) and Georgia State Athletics.
• Cathy Mant, Women’s Golf coach, was named CAA Coach of the Year
I am pleased to report that more than 750 new members joined the PAC during the past year in support of our athletics program, making it one of the fastest growing athletics support organizations in the country. As we enter our second year of the PAC, we continue to need your involvement and support in order to further develop the academic and athletic experiences of over 350 GSU student-athletes. This past year was monumental for GSU Athletics as we experienced significant visibility, both regionally and nationally. However, the best is yet to come and your donation will allow further growth and opportunity for every GSU student-athlete. The rising costs of fielding competitive teams with quality studentathletes make your contribution to the PAC increasingly important. Our student-athletes are working extremely hard to be a source of pride for our school and community and, by doing so, are providing PAC members and fans with a meaningful return on their investment. I invite you to join the PAC today, to participate in the membership activities available and to help us build upon the success of GSU Athletics!
GSU student-athletes completed more than 4,000 hours of community service in the 2009-2010 academic year, more than doubling the community service hours completed by GSU student- athletes in previous years
Sharon Baldwin-Tener, pictured below, was hired to lead the Women’s Basketball program
• Tami Audia was hired to lead the Women’s Volleyball program • Brett Surrency was hired to lead the Men’s Soccer program •
Over 5,000 football season ticketholders joined the Panther team in support of the inaugural year of GSU Football
• 16,750 – ranked 10th nationally in Division I (FCS) for average home game attendance
Go Panthers! Cordially,
Cheryl L. Levick Director of Athletics
Donations from our generous PAC members support athletics scholarships, facilities, recruiting, travel, schedule enhancements and non-budgeted operating expenses. PAC member donations are tax-deductible and earn Priority Points for Priority Seating and Parking.
POINTS OF PANTHER PRIDE
PAN T H E R AT H L E TIC CLUB
30,237 – Attendance at the inaugural game in GSU Football history on Sept. 2, 2010, in the Georgia Dome
OF A GSU STUDENT-ATHLETE 5:30 a.m.
Alarm goes off. Don’t dare hit the snooze button because I might fall back asleep. Definitely do not want to be late!
Arrive at the football team locker room in the Sports Arena.
Dressed, taped and ready to go to practice. Eat a bagel, banana and an apple to start the day off right.
Coach Curry addresses the team as one unit.
Team breaks out into offensive and defensive units to discuss game planning.
Break out into position group to discuss position specific work. Study film.
Bus takes us from Sports Arena to the practice field for drills.
Back to the Sports Arena. It’s Tuesday, so it’s time for weightlifting.
Run back to the dining hall to grab a quick lunch. Really hungry at this point!
Take a quick, but necessary, one hour nap to help me function properly throughout the rest of the day. I struggle on days I don’t get it!
Long class. It’s a killer!
Eat a snack in dining hall. A little time to relax!
Back to class.
Hang out between classes. Grab another snack.
More class.Trying to stay focused!
Eat a small meal. Socialize with friends. Do homework.
Lights out and time for a much-needed rest until we do it all over again tomorrow.
MARK HOGAN Redshirt Sophomore, Matthews, NC
A DAY IN THE LIFE
THE PAC PRIORITY POINTS SYSTEM To recognize the generosity, loyalty and support of PAC members and Panther fans in a fair and equitable manner, we have developed a Priority Points System. The more points you have, the better your options for seats and parking. Here is how Priority Points add up: ANNUAL POINTS Current-year giving to PAC
1 point per $100
(Nov. 1, 2010 – Oct. 31, 2011)
Gifts to Athletics Capital Projects in current fiscal year^
1 point per $100
Sport-Specific PAC donation in current fiscal year^ (restricted)
1 point per $300
Cumulative gifts to Athletics*
1 point per $1,000
Consecutive years of PAC Membership**
2 points per year
Consecutive years of Season Ticket Purchase** • Football • Men’s Basketball • Women’s Basketball • Baseball
2 points per year 2 points per year 2 points per year 2 points per year
BONUS POINTS (one-time award per account) Step Up Program 5 points Current Georgia State University 5 points Alumni Association Membership Charter Season Football Ticketholder
(purchased by April 30, 2010)
Varsity Letter Winner at GSU
Cumulative University Lifetime Giving at $100,000 or above***
Priority Points determine the selection order for: • Football season tickets • Men’s Basketball season tickets • Football gameday parking • Seating upgrades (when available) • Away game availability • Post-season game opportunities and special events ^ Current fiscal year is from July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2011. * Includes all athletics annual, capital and endowment gifts. ** Consecutive refers to continuous years of contributing and/or purchasing season tickets, regardless of number of tickets.The calculation for consecutive year points begins with the most recent year and counts backwards. Missed years will result in a loss of consecutive year status and points earned. Consecutive year status of contributing to the Panther Athletic Club is maintained by making unrestricted annual donations of $100 or more to the PAC. *** Includes all-time athletics and non-athletics cumulative donations of $100,000 or more.
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ANNUAL PAC //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// DONOR BENEFITS ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Enhancing the Lives of GSU Student-Athletes Tax Deduction* PAC Priority Points E-Newsletter Away Game & Post-Season Ticket Priority Opportunity to Attend a PAC Designated Practice** Football Priority Seating Opportunities Pre-Game Chalk Talk for Select Basketball Game(s) Football Program Recognition Verizon Wireless Club Access in Georgia Dome Football Priority Parking Pass*** Football Signing Day Reception Invitation Complimentary Football Media Guide (upon request) Second Football Priority Parking Pass**** Annual Year-End Athletics Awards Banquet Invitation
VIP Donor Trip to Selected Away Game * Please consult your tax professional regarding your tax deduction. Amount of deduction may be reduced due to some benefits having fair market value. To receive full tax deduction you can decline all benefits by writing a letter to the Panther Athletic Club, or by checking the box indicated on the membership form. ** The Panther Athletic Club will hold a designated practice for donors in the sports of Football and Menâ€™s/Womenâ€™s Basketball. *** Only available with season ticket purchase. **** Upon request and with the purchase of more than 4 football season tickets.
FOOTBALL PRIORITY SEATING & PARKING We anticipate increased demand for Priority Seating during the 2011 GSU Football season. The GSU Priority Seating Plan was developed to provide equitable distribution of seating opportunities in priority areas of our athletics facilities, as well as the distribution of other PAC donor benefits. This will be the second year of our three-year Priority Seating Plan.
THE HUDDLE Now is your opportunity to lock-in the best seats to watch Panther football in the Georgia Dome and enjoy amenities offered exclusively as part of The Huddle seating experience. Not only will you enjoy great seats, but you will have priority access to the exclusive Owner’s Club — a sports club unlike any other.
RENEWALS PAC donors who were football season ticketholders in 2010 are guaranteed to receive their same seat location in 2011 as long as: • Their PAC gift is at the same gift level (or higher) as when the seats were selected in 2010. • Season tickets and PAC contribution are renewed by the May 1, 2011, deadline.
Members of The Huddle enjoy the luxury of reserved customdesigned cushion seating between the 40-yard lines on the home team side of the Georgia Dome. Members also have the first right to renew their seats in The Huddle annually.
Note: Priority Seating and Priority Parking for football will be reevaluated after the first three (3) years of GSU Football. As long as you maintain your 2010 PAC donation annually during this time, you will be able to retain your location with the purchase of season tickets.
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FOOTBALL TICKET PRICING
GEORGIA DOME SEATING
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• Deluxe cash bar featuring beer, wine and mixed drinks • Luxurious furnishings • Upscale restroom access exclusive to members of The Huddle • Over 25 high-definition televisions to watch the GSU game and other games across the country • Private outside entrance and porch access • Internal sound system for access to radio or television playby-play • Great networking opportunity as well as a venue to entertain clients and friends or reward employees
FOOTBALL PRIORITY PARKING Priority Parking is available in the Orange Lot, conveniently located adjacent to Gate D, to PAC members who are at the Coaches donor level ($500) and above.
PA C DO NA TI
NEW/UPGRADED SEATS FOR 2011 FOOTBALL SEASON Any new football season ticketholder and/or those who want to upgrade from their 2010 season ticket seat location will be placed in order based on Priority Point totals. After the May 1, 2011, renewal deadline passes, GSU Sales Associates will contact these individuals in Priority Point-ranked order to give them the opportunity to choose their new 2011 football season ticket seat location. • To request a move to a different seating location, 2010 renewing football season ticketholders must indicate this preference on their season ticket renewal order form, or when calling in to renew, so they can be included in the 2011 seat selection process.
Owner’s Club Amenities included with the purchase of seats in The Huddle are as follows: • Complimentary food and non-alcoholic beverages • Exclusive access to private, fully enclosed, climate-controlled Owner’s Club (opens an hour-and-a-half prior to kickoff through the end
STUDENT SECTION (FREE WITH ID)
* Huddle tickets must be purchased in pairs; price includes a PAC donation and 2 tickets ** Individual ticket price is available only for season ticketholders to purchase in these sections Note: Faculty/Staff receive 20% discount off the season ticket price
PANTHER PERSPECTIVES Name: JIHAD ALI
Name: JEWEL EVANS
Hometown: ATLANTA, GA
Hometown: ALPHARETTA, GA
Major/Degree Program: FINANCE
Major/Degree Program: MANAGERIAL SCIENCE
Why did you choose GSU? I chose GSU because of its location and amazing coaching staff. GSU has surrounded its studentathletes with great coaches.
Why did you choose GSU? I chose GSU because of the diversity of the student body, and I love the city.
What are your plans after graduation? After graduation this December I plan on going to grad school at GSU and earning my master’s in sports administration. My long-term goal is to become a GM of a pro sports team.
What are your plans after graduation? I plan to go into a career in human resource management.
Name: ALANA THOMAS
Name: CLYDE YANDELL
Hometown: ATHENS, GA
Hometown: PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL
Major/Degree Program: POLITICAL SCIENCE/PRE-LAW
Major/Degree Program: MASTER OF SCIENCE IN REAL ESTATE
Why did you choose GSU? The reason I chose GSU is because my older sister played softball at State, and so I already felt like a part of the team throughout my recruiting process. Also, I wanted to stay close to home in Athens, so I felt that GSU would be a good choice because it wasn’t too far from home and I had also always wanted to live in the city.
Why did you choose GSU? GSU allowed me to further my education without work experience. Rather than be denied admission to an MBA program, I was able to work on a specialized master’s right after I finished my undergraduate degree.
What are your plans after graduation? After I graduate from GSU, I plan to go to law school. I intend on being a lawyer and specializing in corporate law.
What are your plans after graduation? To pursue my chances of a career in the National Football League. If that does not work out, or when that is finished, start my own business or joint venture.
METHODS OF GIVING Joining the PAC is easy and convenient. Just choose the option that works best for you. ONLINE DONATION: Just go to our secure online donation site at www.GeorgiaStateSports.com. CHECK: Please make check payable to “GSU Foundation-Athletics” and mail along with the attached membership form to: Georgia State University Athletics, Panther Athletic Club, P.O. Box 3975, Atlanta, GA 30302-3975. CREDIT CARD: We accept VISA, MasterCard, American Express and Discover.You can call 866-GA-STATE or just fill out your credit card information on the attached PAC membership form and mail to the above address. CASH:You are always welcome to bring your donation by in person to 125 Decatur Street, Suite 201, Atlanta, GA 30303. MONTHLY GIVING PLANS: You can join the PAC for as little as $8.34 per month by dividing your total gift into smaller, automatic payments from your bank account or paycheck. • Electronic Fund Transfer * • University Payroll Deduction (GSU employees only)* • Stock Transfer* • Deferred/Planned Giving Opportunities* MATCHING GIFTS: Double your support by encouraging your employer to make a matching gift. To see if your employer will match your PAC contribution, contact your company’s human resources department. Note: In the event the employer fails to pay any or all of the match, the donor is responsible for both the personal and the match portions of the pledge amount.
GIFTS-IN-KIND: Needed goods or services can reduce expenses of the GSU Department of Athletics, while offering the donor a tax deduction for the fair market value of the gift.* CORPORATE SPONSORSHIP: Corporate sponsors receive advertising opportunities and ticketing benefits when they support the Panthers. From in-game marketing and signage to website recognition, corporate sponsors receive advertising opportunities that far exceed traditional expectations of a university/sponsor agreement. For more information on how your company can gain exposure through GSU Athletics, please call 404/413-4152. * Please contact the PAC Office at 866-GA-STATE to discuss this giving option.
TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATIONS Georgia State University Athletics Association is a 501(c)(3) organization.Therefore, all or part of your PAC donation – the amount that exceeds the value of any benefits you receive – may be tax-deductible. Current federal income tax law allows an 80 percent deduction of a contribution to educational institutions where, as a result of the contribution, the donor received preferred seating rights. Contributions that neither directly nor indirectly result in preferred seating rights may be fully deductible. If you wish to decline all benefits and receive a full tax deduction, please check the appropriate box on the pledge form. As always, consult your tax advisor for specific tax advice. GSU Foundation tax ID number: 58-6033185
PAN T H E R AT H L E TIC CLUB
PAC STEP UP PROGRAM While we enjoyed recordsetting PAC growth in 2010, our program faces financial obstacles that challenge our ability to advance as quickly as we would like toward championship results in our sports programs.
BUSINESS PARTNER PROGRAM BREAKDOWN: Donors who renew their support to GSU Athletics by increasing their PAC contribution to a higher level in 2011 will receive a one-time bonus of 5 Priority Points.
To that end, we are pleased to institute the new PAC Step Up program.Your participation by “stepping up” your 2011 PAC contribution at least one level higher than your 2010 donation will not only advance our efforts to achieve at even higher levels, it will earn you bonus Priority Points.
The Panther Athletic Club (PAC) is pleased to introduce the PAC Business Partner Program. This new program is being implemented to encourage GSU fans to support the businesses that are supporting the Panthers, as well as to allow businesses to show their support for GSU Athletics in a meaningful, affordable way. This program provides participating businesses valuable exposure and access throughout the year to our growing fan base. PAC Business Partners will receive the following: • GSU Business Partner decal for place of business • Company name will be listed on the PAC website as a Business Partner • Complimentary packet of GSU
We hope you will join the action and be a part of the team that is making a championship difference for GSU Athletics!
athletics marketing and promotions materials • Invitation for two to a GSU Athletics Business-to-Business mixer • Subscription to the PAC E-newsletter • Opportunity to provide promotional discounts to PAC members In addition to these valuable exposure opportunities, PAC Business Partners at the $500 level will also receive the option of selecting two season tickets to GSU Football, Baseball, or Men’s or Women’s Basketball. For more information about the PAC Business Partner Program contact Kevin Miller, Assistant Athletics Director of Development, at 404/413-4126 or email@example.com.
PAC FUNDRAISING YEAR-TO-YEAR COMPARISON
PAC DONOR LEVEL BREAKDOWN Blue & White • 38% ($100-249)
($500-999) ($2,500-4,999) ($1,000-2,499) ($5,000-9,999) ($10,000+)
’10 (fiscal year)
Check No.: Please make check payable to GSU Foundation-Athletics
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Cardholder Name: Signature:
Who can join the Panther Athletic Club (PAC)? All supporters of GSU Athletics are encouraged to join the PAC. You do not have to be an alumnus of GSU or a former student-athlete to join. Does my donation include the cost of tickets? The cost of tickets is not included in your donation to the PAC (excluding seats in The Huddle); however, purchasing season tickets does add to your Priority Points, which could affect the location of your seating in the Georgia Dome or at away games. What is the difference between a restricted gift and an unrestricted gift? An unrestricted annual gift supports all 18 varsity sports and helps offset non-budgeted expenses throughout the course of the year. A restricted contribution is made to a sportspecific fund, a capital project or an endowment. Priority Seating and Parking opportunities are determined based on annual unrestricted support. While restricted giving is important and much appreciated, these gifts do not count toward the minimums required for Priority Seating and/or Parking. Is my contribution to the PAC tax-deductible? Yes, it may be tax-deductible in full or in part (see pg. 8).You will receive a gift receipt from the Georgia State University Foundation for tax purposes.
What can I do to improve my Priority Points ranking for seats in the Georgia Dome? Increasing your donation through participation in the Step Up Program will result in a higher number of Priority Points. Other ways include, but are not limited to, joining the Alumni Association and purchasing Baseball and/or Menâ€™s or Womenâ€™s Basketball season tickets. All contributions must be received by May 1, 2011, to count toward your Priority Points total for 2011 GSU Football season ticket allocation. Where do I go for help? Contact the Panther Athletic Club office at 866-GA-STATE. One of our helpful PAC staff members can answer all your questions about the benefits of joining and contributing to the PAC.
Date: OR Monthly Pre-Authorized Payment Option The monthly payment plan allows you to divide your gift equally beginning with the month you join and continuing until June 2011. For example, If you are a new member joining the PAC at the Bronze donor level, you will have 6 months to complete your donation. ($1,000/6 months = $166.67/month) In order to take advantage of the monthly payment option, the first payment must be made no later than February 2011 with memberships paid in full by June 30, 2011. I authorize my bank/credit card company to make monthly payments in the amount of $ ____________ by the method below and post them to my account on the 1st or 15th of the month beginning (month) ___________. Checking Account No.: Personal Card
Card No.: Expiration Date:
Cardholder Name: Signature: Date: Please send this form with payment to:
Panther Athletic Club, P.O. Box 3975, Atlanta, GA 30302-3975 or fax to: 404/413-4001.
TICKET OFFICE: (886)-GA-STATE PAC OFFICE: (404)-413-4126 GENERAL: (404)-413-4000 www.GeorgiaStateSports.com
PANTHER ATHLETIC CLUB
2011 PAC DONOR
1 Personal Information Name:
(Name that will appear in Football Gameday Program)
2011 PAC MEMBERSHIP FORM
PAC & Football Season Ticket Renewals mailed out
Football Signing Day Event
PAC & Football Season Ticket Renewal Deadline
late may/ early june
Seat Selection process for Football season ticketholders who are either new or are looking to upgrade from their 2010 seat location
Football Season tickets and Priority Parking passes mailed out
New Annual Giving Fund Drive Year begins; 2012 Football season ticket renewals begin
Last chance to make a gift to the PAC for year-end tax purposes
(Only required if this is a corporate membership)
City, State, Zip: Cell Phone:
Day Phone: E-mail Address: 2 Donor Level
Blue & White ($100)
Bronze ($1,000) 3 Membership Type
Individual/Family 4 Giving Information
Renewal New Member Upgrade
One-Time Gift Enclosed is my gift of $ Pledge Payment Total gift pledged $ Enclosed is my payment of $
Recurring Gift My total pledge commitment $ Enclosed is 1st installment of $
DEVELOPMENT STAFF TODD REESER Sr. Associate Athletics Director for Development
(Credit card will be charged same amount monthly, and balance must be paid in full by May1, 2011.)
Matching Gift (If company matches gift to Athletics â€“ matching gift forms can be obtained from your Human Resources office.)
Company: Payroll Deduction Amount deducted per pay period $
KEVIN MILLER Assistant Athletics Director for Development
(Payroll deduction forms can be obtained from the PAC Office by calling 866-GA-STATE.)
5 Tax Deduction
Check here if you wish to decline all PAC benefits, including Priority Seating and Priority Parking opportunities.This allows you to be eligible for a 100% tax deduction.
FORD WILLIAMS Associate Director for Development
KYLE McKEON Coordinator for Development & Ticket Sales
The PAC staff is committed to providing a high level of customer service and welcomes your call for any questions regarding your support of GSU Athletics. Call the PAC at 404/413-4000.
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