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WELCOME TO

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On behalf of K-State Athletics, I want to sincerely thank you for your support of the Ahearn Fund this past year. I am continually amazed by the generosity of the K-State family and your commitment to helping K-State achieve the vision of becoming a model intercollegiate athletics program. The unrestricted dollars given by over 7,000 members of the Ahearn Fund are the life-blood of K-State Athletics. This collective commitment has provided us the flexibility to make strategic investments in the very things that offer a world-class experience for all of our 465-plus student-athletes. From facilities improvements to adding support staff personnel in academic services to enhancing travel and recruiting budgets for all 16 of our programs, we are as committed as you to ensuring that we continue to strive for championships in the classroom and on the field of play. We are coming off a terrific 2010-11 academic year as Kansas State finished atop the Big 12 Conference in overall graduation rate for the fourth consecutive year and also scored record-high marks across the board in the most recent NCAA Academic Performance Ratings (APR). Our student-athletes also continue to turn in championship-level athletic performances as evidenced by the fact that K-State was one of just three schools across the nation to have its football team in a bowl game, both its basketball squads in the NCAA Tournament, its baseball team in an NCAA Regional, both track teams finish in the NCAA Top 25 and have a participant in the NCAA Tennis Championships. There is no better time for the collective commitment of the K-State family to continue, and as you consider your 2012 annual Ahearn Fund gift, please know every dollar makes an impact. Our staff looks forward to answering any questions that you may have regarding membership in the Ahearn Fund, seating or parking and would also be honored to visit with you in person.

Vision ■ Model intercollegiate athletics program Goals ■ World-class student-athlete experience ■ Value to university, community and state ■ Integrity and transparency in matters of ethics, finance and NCAA compliance ■ Championship-level performances ■ The best fan experience in the Big 12

>>KANSAS STATE was one of six NCAA schools to advance its football team to a bowl game, its men’s and women’s basketball programs to the NCAA Tournament and its baseball squad to an NCAA Regional during the 2010-11 athletics year.

We look forward to the 2011-12 athletics season, and with your support, achieving our goal of being a model intercollegiate athletics program. Please join us.

Go ‘Cats!

■ Jared King

John Currie Director of Intercollegiate Athletics

■ Collin Klein

Sophomore | Dublin, Ohio Major: Business Administration

Junior | Loveland, Colo. Major: Accounting ■ Rodney McGruder

Junior | Washington, D.C. Major: Social Science

■ Brittany Chambers

Junior | Jordan, Minn. Major: Life Sciences

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The Mike Ahearn Scholarship Fund; now officially known as the Ahearn Fund, was founded in 1964 with the primary objective of raising money from the private sector to assist with rising scholarship costs. While this continues to be one of its main objectives, the Fund has evolved into something much more; an Excellence Fund to support a worldclass student-athlete experience, including academic services, sports medicine, equipment, and travel; as well as an edge in supporting capital enhancements, attracting and retaining outstanding coaches, and supporting recruiting efforts with a national reach. Throughout K-State athletics history, Ahearn Fund members have provided support for thousands of student-athletes who have proudly worn the Purple and White.

2011-12 AHEARN FUND

GOALS

Support ■ Reach budgeted annual gift goals of $12,700,000 -- a 5% increase. Participation ■ Grow total membership by 10 percent to 7,700 members. Leadership ■ Increase National Leadership Circle members by 30 -- a 10% increase. Service Operations ■ 2,400 personal contacts in 2011-12 -a 25% increase.

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>>AHEARN FUND was the largest source of revenue for K-State Athletics with cash gifts of $13.2 million received in 2010-11.

>>BILL SNYDER led K-STATE’s football team to a return to its winning ways in 2010, winning seven games for the first time in five years and earning its 14th bowl game in school history. Eight players were named to the All-Big 12 team.

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2011-12 IMPORTANT DATES Friday, July 1, 2011 Beginning of 2012 Ahearn Fund year.

Monday, September 12, 2011 2012 membership renewal packet mailed.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011 Priority points locked for postseason football tickets.

Saturday, December 31, 2011 Priority points locked for 2012 postseason basketball tickets Last day to make contribution and receive a receipt for the 2011 tax year.

Thursday, March 1, 2012 2012 Pledge Renewal Form and at least 25 percent of Priority Seating contribution is due. Returning your pledge with at least 25 percent by March 1 ensures you will retain your football seating and parking location.

Friday, March 16, 2012 2012 Football Season Ticket renewals mailed.

Monday, April 30, 2012 2012 Football Season Ticket renewals are due.

Friday, June 15, 2012 2012 Ahearn Fund gifts are due in full.

Monday, June 25, 2012 Basketball Season Ticket renewals mailed.

Saturday, June 30, 2012 End of 2012 Ahearn Fund fiscal year.

Friday, August 10, 2012 Basketball Season Ticket renewals are due.

Saturday, September 1, 2012 2013 Membership Renewal Packet mailed.

>>Because of the generosity of AHEARN FUND members, three major projects were started in 2011: Basketball Training Facility, East Side Restrooms and new turf at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

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ANNUAL GIVING

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Annual gifts to the Ahearn Fund and priority season-ticket purchases represent the lifeblood for K-State Athletics and allow the department to achieve its vision of a model intercollegiate athletics program. Ahearn Fund members who make an annual gift can receive Priority Points and other benefits according to their membership level.

The Ahearn Fund encourages all members to make their gifts online at AhearnFund.com. All current Ahearn Fund members have a secure online account. In order to activate this account, current members will need the AD number and email address found at the top of the renewal form. New members can also set up an online account at AhearnFund.com. For additional information on this new service, please turn to page 17 of this membership guide. For members who do not wish to use our online services, we can be reached at (888) 232.9074. Pledge Payment Schedules For your convenience, the Ahearn Fund is proud to offer monthly pledge payment options. To take advantage of this option, please indicate your first payment on your Membership Renewal form, go to AhearnFund.com to set up your pledge payment schedule or call the Ahearn Fund. When setting up a schedule please keep in mind that at least 25% is due on March 1 and the full balance is due on or before June 15. Matching gifts Many companies provide matching gifts for employee contributions. Matching gifts are a great way to increase your suport of the Ahearn Fund and they do count toward your Ahearn membership level and Priority Points. Please consult your personnel department to see how you can obtain a company match.

2011-12 AHEARN FUND

WAYS TO G I V E 3 ways to make/renew your Annual Gift ■ Go online to www.AhearnFund.com

■ Ryann Krais

■ Erik Kynard

Junior | Toledo, Ohio Major: Business

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Senior | Eagleville, Pa. Major: Psychology

Mail your gift in the enclosed pledge card/self-addressed envelope

Call an Ahearn Fund representative at (888) 232.9074

>>Led by NCAA champions ERIK KYNARD and RYANN KRAIS both K-STATE’S track teams placed in the Top 20 at the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Championships for the first time in school history.

>>K-STATE went 13-1 against Kansas in head-to-head competition during the 2010-11 athletics season, including an 84-68 victory over the top-ranked Jayhawks on Feb. 14, 2011.

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2011-12 ATHLETICS BUDGET Revenues Football Tickets Men’s Basketball Tickets Women’s Basketball Tickets Other Sports Tickets Ahearn Fund Gifts K-State Sports Properties Big 12/NCAA Licensing Parking Concessions/Merchandise Student Privilege Fees Game Guarantees State of Kansas Other Revenue

Total $10,600,992 $3,300,000 $250,000 $130,000 $12,700,000 $3,850,000 $14,000,000 $600,000 $700,000 $650,000 $640,695 $500,000 $1,000,000 $2,544,102 $51,465,789

% Total 20.6% 6.4% 0.5% 0.3% 24.7% 7.5% 27.2% 1.2% 1.4% 1.3% 1.2% 1.0% 1.9% 4.9% 100%

Expenses Sports Operating/Recruiting

Total $18,966,645

% Total 36.9%

$6,802,229

13.2%

$3,353,351

6.5%

$3,995,213 $4,621,748 $4,201,512 $2,273,664 $281,349 $2,368,710 $1,200,000 $1,470,000 -$278,500 $180,000 $1,200,000 $272,869 $51,465,789

7.8% 9.0% 8.2% 4.4% 0.5% 4.6% 2.3% 2.9% 0.0% 0.5% 0.3% 2.3% 0.5% 100%

(includes salaries, travel & equipment)

Scholarships (cash paid by KSA to Kansas State University)

Student-Athlete Support (sports medicine, strength and academic services)

Administration Fan Experience/Ahearn Fund/Broadcasting/Ticketing Maintainence & Utilities Game Management Band/Cheer Squad Debt Service Big 12 Membership/Overhead Game Guarantees Concessions Parking Institutional Support Fee Depreciation Other Expenses

>>In June 2011 USA Today spotlighted K-STATE as one of 22 Division I institutions to operate at a surplus in 2009-10 and one of five to reduce spending from the previous fiscal year. The current $51.46 million budget is the largest in school history and represents a 9.4% increase.

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PRIORITY POINTS

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The Priority Points system was created to more equitably serve Ahearn Fund members. Priority Points determine season ticket placement and the distribution of tickets to high-demand events such as bowl games, Big 12 Championships and NCAA Tournaments. Additionally, Priority Point ranking is used for parking and seating upgrades for season tickets and other special events. Priority Points are rewarded as follows: --3 points per $100 of annual gifts made since 2010 to Ahearn Fund as well as Capital Campaign gifts (gift-in-kind included). Annual gifts include: Ahearn, Ahearn-Football, Ahearn-Men’s Basketball, Ahearn-Women’s Basketball, Ahearn-Loge Box, West Club, West Suite, East Chairback, and East Suite. --2 points per $100 of annual gifts to Ahearn Fund from 2000-09. --2 points per $100 of restricted gifts to Ahearn Fund. Restricted gifts include: Golden Cats, Diamond Cats, and Legends Membership --1 point per season ticket. Football, volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball and baseball

Calculate Priority Points The Ahearn Fund is excited to announce a new online feature for AhearnFund.com -- a Priority Points Calculator! The new feature is designed for Ahearn Fund members to project their ranking or point total based on future gifts. For more information, please consult page 17 of this guide. ■ Petra Niedermayerova

PRIORITY POINTS

K E Y D AT E S March 1, 2011 ■ Ranking for football seating & parking June 15, 2011 ■ Ranking for men’s basketball seating & parking November 15, 2011 ■ Ranking for the bowl game December 31, 2011 ■ Ranking for basketball postseason

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>>K-STATE’S tennis team set a school-record with 16 wins in 2011, while PETRA NIEDERMAYEROVA was named Big 12 Player & Freshman of the Year

>>K-STATE’S women’s basketball team became the 13th program in NCAA Division I history and the 2nd in the Big 12 to earn 800 victories after a 69-64 win at Nebraska on Feb. 19, 2011.

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BENEFITS ■

Enhancing the Student-Athlete Experience

Season Ticket Priority

Bowl Ticket Priority

Priority for single-game tickets

Cat’s Closet Discount

Ahearn Fund Membership Card

Ahearn Fund Appreciation Day Invitation

Official Window Decal

AhearnFund.com Recognition

Powercat Exchange Membership

Junior Wildcat Membership Discount

Powercat Auction Invitation

VIP Parking Eligibility*

Reserved Parking Eligibility*

Media Guides**

Postseason Basketball Seating Priority

Legends Room Access

Invitation to Powercat Choice Awards

Invitation to Special Events

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Under Internal Revenue Code provisions, no more than 80% of an amount paid to or for the benefit of an institution of higher education may be treated as a charitable contribution if, as a result of the payment, the donor receives the right to purchase tickets for seating at an athletic event in an athletic stadium at the institution. You should consult your tax advisor to determine whether these provisions apply to you. *Separate donations required for football and men’s basketball parking. **Season-ticket holder only

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FOOTBALL SEATING

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Ahearn Fund members are given the opportunity to purchase football season tickets in Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Priority seating sections require a minimum per seat contribution to the Ahearn Fund in order to purchase seats on a season ticket basis. The chart below displays the minimum per seat contribution needed to purchase Priority Seats. Contributions made for priority seating count toward your total Ahearn Fund annual membership level and earn Priority Points at the rate of 3 points per $100. Members of the Ahearn Fund staff are available to personally assist you with selecting a season ticket location that matches your desired level of giving. For an appointment, please call the Ahearn Fund at (888) 232.9074.

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Suite Level

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Sophomore | Junction City, Kan. Major: Secondary Education

PRIORITY SEATING

GIVING LEVELS

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per $125 seat

per $200 seat

per $425 seat

per $150 seat

per $300 seat

per $550 seat

per $175 seat

per $350 seat

per $1050 seat

>>K-STATE had its largest-ever home-opening crowd with 51,059 fans for the UCLA game in 2010. In all, the ‘Cats posted four sellouts, the most since 1999, and set a new total attendence record for a 6-game slate.

*Gray areas do not require an annual donation

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FOOTBALL PARKING

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The tailgating atmosphere at Bill Snyder Family Stadium is the best in the nation and the Ahearn Fund is proud to offer two parking options to members on gameday. Parking in the East and West parking lots at the stadium are reserved for Ahearn Fund members only.

Ahearn Reserved Parking

SOLD OUT

in 2011

Ahearn Fund members with football season tickets and Football Priority Seating at the $1,000 level or higher have the option to purchase one reserved parking pass in either the East or West parking lot. Reserved parking offers the luxury of having the same designated spot for each game and, based on availability, the Ahearn Fund staff is happy to work with you to secure a location that fits your needs.

Ahearn VIP Parking SOLD OUT in 2011

To inquire about parking, please contact Eric Holderness. He can be reached by phone at (785) 532.7715 or via email at eholderness@kstatesports.com.

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Ahearn Fund members with football season tickets and Football Priority Seating at the $500 level or higher have the option to purchase one VIP parking pass in either the East or West parking lot. VIP parking is a non-reserved area that is open to Ahearn Fund members only. Due to construction of the Training Facility, we will not be able to offer any new VIP parking for the 2011 season. This area will be available in 2012.

Due to construction, this area of East VIP parking is unavailable for use during the 2011 football season.

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>>K-STATE has sported the No. 1 all-sports graduation rate in the Big 12 Conference for four consecutive years. The school posted the league’s top graduation rate in five sports -baseball (83%), football (71%), men’s golf (100%), women’s golf (100%), and men’s track (83%) in the latest report.

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MEN’S BASKETBALL SEATING

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Ahearn Fund members are given the opportunity to purchase Kansas State men’s basketball season tickets. Priority seating sections in Bramlage Coliseum require a minimum per seat contribution to the Ahearn Fund in order to purchase seats on a season ticket basis. The chart below displays the minimum per seat contribution needed to purchase Priority Seats. Contributions made for priority seating count toward your total Ahearn Fund annual membership level and earn Priority Points at the rate of 3 points per $100. Members of the Ahearn Fund staff are available to personally assist you with selecting a season ticket location that matches your desired level of giving. To set up an appointment, please call the Ahearn Fund at (888) 232.9074.

■ Jordan Henriquez

Junior | Port Chester, N.Y. Major: Social Science

PRIORITY SEATING

GIVING LEVELS

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per $180 seat

per $650 seat

per $1500 seat

per $240 seat

per $975 seat

per $5200 seat

per $325 seat

per $1300 seat

>>K-STATE’S men’s basketball team has ranked among the Top 35 in attendance four times in the last five seasons, including 26th in 2010-11. The ‘Cats had 15 sellouts at Bramlage Coliseum last season, which ranked second in the Big 12.

*White sections do not require an annual donation

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The Ahearn Fund is proud to offer two parking options to members on gameday. Ahearn Reserved Parking Ahearn Fund members with men’s basketball season tickets and Men’s Basketball Priority Seating at the $1,000 level or higher have the option to purchase one reserved parking pass. Reserved parking includes the parking areas with the closest proximity to Bramlage Coliseum. Most reserved spaces are located on the West side of Bramlage Coliseum; however, there are a limited number of reserved spaces on the East side of the coliseum as well. Ahearn VIP Parking Ahearn Fund members with men’s basketball season tickets and Men’s Basketball Priority Seating at the $500 level or higher have the option to purchase one VIP parking pass. VIP parking is located on the West side of Bramlage Coliseum.

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To purchase parking, contact Assistant Director Eric Holderness of the Ahearn Fund at (785) 532. 7715 or via email at eholderness @kstatesports.com.

Due to the construction, this area of East parking is unavailable for use during the 2011-12 basketball season.

>>K-STATE’S men’s basketball team has won 20 or more games and advanced to the postseason for five consecutive years. Led by coach FRANK MARTIN, the ‘Cats finished in a tie for third place in the Big 12 and were invited to the NCAA Tournament for the third time in four years in 2010-11.

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NATIONAL LEADERSHIP CIRCLE

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The National Leadership Circle (NLC) of the Ahearn Fund is a comprehensive program for Kansas State’s top level of annual donors to athletics.

In appreciation for their annual impact on the pursuit of athletic and academic excellence, NLC members are recognized with Bronze, Silver or Gold levels and receive special benefits. In 2011, we are pleased to have nearly 300 members, with approximately 15% of those members living outside of the state of Kansas. This annual level of commitment from NLC members helps to fund scholarships, sports medicine, academic support, and other services that directly benefit our studentathletes while also funding the department’s margin of excellence through enhancements such as facility improvements and coaches’ salaries. For more information on National Leadership Circle (NLC), National Leadership Circle members represent please contact 20 states with 15% residing outside of Kansas. Associate AD Chad Weiberg or Regional Director Missy Heidrick of the Ahearn Fund.

NATIONAL LEADERSHIP

LEVELS

Gold Level ■ $50,000 & above annual commitment ■ Jalana Childs

Senior | Orlando, Fla. Major: Hotel and Restaurant Management

Silver Level ■ $25,000-$49,999 annual commitment Bronze Level ■ $10,000-$24,999 annual commitment

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>>Donors to the NATIONAL LEADERSHIP CIRCLE accounted for 39% of total giving ($5.2 million) to AHEARN FUND in 2010-11.

>>K-STATE’S volleyball team again proved to be one of the nation’s top teams in the classroom, earning the prestigious AVCA Team Academic Award for the eighth time in 10 years in 2011. The award goes to teams with a GPA of 3.3 or higher.

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Your Dollars at Work...

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K-State fans continue to be the largest source of revenue for the athletics department. Private gifts from Ahearn Fund members, including the National Leadership Circle, along with season and single-game ticket purchasers will provide nearly 53 percent of the 2011-12 department budget. The record $51.46 million budget for FY 2012 includes $6.8 million for student-athlete scholarships to be paid to the university. The remaining portion of Ahearn Fund contributions, along with capital support donations and ticket revenues, are strategically invested in providing a world-class experience to the more than 465 student-athletes that represent K-State, striving for the Big 12’s best fan experience and competing for league championships. This investment includes support of the new Basketball Training Facility, the east-side view level restroom facilities, replacing the field turf inside Bill Snyder Family Stadium, seating improvements at Ahearn Field House for volleyball, and enhancements and renovation to the equestrian program and facilities. In addition, general university funding for Kansas State Athletics will begin to decrease from the current $1.526 million, which represented 3 percent of the FY 2011 budget. In FY 2012, this direct university support will decrease by more than 33 percent to $1 million, followed by reductions to $750,000 in FY 2013 and $350,000 the following year. Effective with FY 2015, K-State Athletics will no longer receive direct university support, allowing these dollars to be used to meet critical needs in Kansas State University’s academic programs.

Being part of the National Leadership Circle of the Ahearn Fund is our way of supporting the efforts of the athletics department and the coaches and student-athletes that represent K-State. Although our home is in Chicago, we always feel part of the K-State family and enjoy every opportunity to cheer on the ‘Cats. We are proud to be part of this group that is making a difference for K-State Athletics.

Jayson and Libby Cyr [Chicago, Ill.] National Leadership Circle Members

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PREMIUM SEATING

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Premium seating at Kansas State University is a great way to take a leadership role in support of Wildcat Athletics, while sitting in the one of the best seats in Bill Snyder Family Stadium, Bramlage Coliseum and Tointon Family Stadium. For information regarding premium seating in all of the department’s venues, please contact Director of Annual Giving Andrew Hamor by phone at (785) 532.7984 or via email at ahamor@kstatesports.com.

Bill Snyder Family Stadium East and West Side Suites There are a variety of suite seating options (12- & 16-seat suites) on the east and wide sides of the stadium. Some of the amenities include cushioned-stadium seats, personal LCD television, private restrooms, wet bar, refrigerator and catering options. KansasStateCars.com Club The KansasStateCars.com Club, located on the East side of Bill Snyder Family Stadium, is the premier section for Ahearn Fund members. The Club features the best sight lines in the stadium and spans the entire length of the field. Options include climate controlled lounge, eight LCD televisions, private restrooms, four concession stands and elevator access. Bramlage Coliseum Courtside Seating and Loge Boxes K-State men’s and women’s basketball fans can enjoy games this winter from one of 61 courtside seats or 116 Loge Box seats.

PREMIUM SEATING

■ Ross Kivett

Tointon Family Stadium Suites and Club Seating Wildcat baseball fans have several premium seating options, including one of five suites (15seat) and a 35seat club suite with indoor and outdoor seating.

Sophomore | Broadview Heights, Ohio Major: Business Administration

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OPTIONS

Football ■ Private Suites (12 & 16 seat suites) ■ Club Seating Men’s and Women’s Basketball ■ Courtside Seating ■ Loge Boxes (4, 6, 8-seat options) Baseball ■ Private Suites (15 seat suites) ■ Club Seating

>>KANSAS STATE posted 21 wins in 2010-11, including one over eventual NCAA champion Texas A&M, and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for 12th time.

>>K-STATE’S baseball team appeared in an NCAA Regional for third consecutive year in 2011. Under coach Brad Hill, the Wildcats have won 35+ games in three straight seasons and advanced to five Big 12 Championships in a row.

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PREMIUM SEATING ■ Bill Snyder Family Stadium

E/W Suites

E/W Suites

Club Area

Club Seating

■ Bramlage Coliseum

Courtside

Loge Boxes

■ Tointon Family Stadium

Club Seating

Suites

>>K-STATE’S DEB PATTERSON captured her 300th win at the school on March 9, 2011 in the Wildcats’ 56-53 victory over Iowa State at the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship.

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POSTSEASON

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The 2010-11 athletics year was one to remember at Kansas State. The school was one of six in the nation, including just two in the Big 12 Conference, to advance its football team to a bowl game, its men’s and women’s basketball programs to the NCAA Tournament and its baseball squad to an NCAA Regional. As a member of the Ahearn Fund, you have the first opportunity to purchase tickets for postseason events, which can include bowl games, the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments and the Phillips 66 Big 12 Basketball Championships held each March at Municipal Auditorium (women) and Sprint Center (men) in Kansas City, Mo. Tickets for these events are based on Priority Points (page 6 of this guide) and availability is from the Big 12 Conference, bowl partner and NCAA. It is important to follow the ordering deadlines and procedures to secure the best possible seats based on your donor rank as determined by Priority Points. Any time the Wildcats are poised for possible postseason play, ticket applications will be mailed in midOctober for a bowl game and early January for the Big 12 Championship(s) and NCAA Tournament(s).

POSTSEASON

K E Y D AT E S Early October 2011 ■ Bowl ticket applications mailed November 15, 2011 ■ Priority Points ranking for bowl game December 31, 2011 ■ Priority Points ranking for basketball postseason Early January 2012 ■ Basketball postseason (Big 12 & NCAA Tournaments) applications mailed ■ Alex Muff

Junior | Concordia, Kan. Major: Marketing

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>>K-STATE’S cross country team made its first trip to the NCAA Championships since 2000. ALYSSA BELLINDER earned the Elite 88 Award, which goes to the top scholar-athlete at the NCAA Championships.

>>K-STATE’S football team made a memorable trip to New York City for the inaugural New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium. Led by legendary head coach Bill Snyder, the ‘Cats won seven games and appeared in their 12th bowl game in Snyder’s 19 seasons.

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AHEARNFUND.COM Having questions regarding AhearnFund.com? Use the Live Help button in the lefthand corner.

By clicking on the “Join Now” button, donors can get complete online giving instructions. Donors can learn more about the Ahearn Fund, its giving levels, the Priority Points System and other programs by clicking on General the “Giving to the Ahearn Fund” button. parking as well as priority and and premium seating information

By clicking here, donors can set up an online account.

By clicking here, Donors can access their Ahearn Fund account.

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>>K-STATE had another outstanding academic year in 2010-11, with two Capital One Academic All-Americans and six Academic All-District VI honorees. In all, 102 student-athletes earned Academic All-Big 12 Conference honors, while 428 made the 2010-11 Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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Why is it important that I make my pledge and send in at least 25 percent of my contribution by March 1?

important that it can accurately project revenue for not only for planning but also for budgeting purposes. The budget process begins in March each year and the books are closed on June 30.

Meeting the March 1 deadline helps the staff provide the best possible customer service, helps ensure fairness and enables the staff to deliver the fiscal accountability you deserve. By indicating your intent to renew your Ahearn Fund membership by March 1 you guarantee retention of your football seating and parking location, provided you meet the minimum contribution level for the seating and parking area, renew your tickets and pay the balance of your pledge by June 15. March 1 is also the date which we will calculate priority points for football seating and parking upgrades.

Once the fiscal year ends in June, an annual report detailing how your gifts were utilized will be prepared and distributed to all Ahearn Fund members. Of course, you may complete your pledge in full at any time prior to the June 15 deadline.

Additionally, having pledges in by March 1 helps the department accurately project revenues, which assist with the budgeting process for the coming athletics year. This process begins in March with a completed budget published in late June.

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Why is my total gift due by June 15?

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What happens if I don’t make my pledge by March 1? Or my total gift by June 15? It is important to meet deadlines established in this membership guide to ensure that you retain your current seats and parking. If you miss these deadlines your seats and parking will be placed on our open seating/parking list and if there is a request that matches any open seats we will move those who have met the deadline into the open seats and/or parking. This is critical to ensuring fair treatment for Ahearn members and season ticket holders and giving those members who meet each deadline the opportunity to improve their seats and/or parking.

To maintain the department’s goal for fiscal responsibility and accountability; it is

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>>K-STATE’S rowing team defeated archrival Kansas twice in 2010-11, including a 17-3 win in the Sunflower Showdown and a 13-6 win in the Kansas Cup.

>>K-STATE’S women’s equestrian team made another tremendous run at the Varsity Equestrian Championships in 2011, as the ‘Cats finished fourth nationally, including the Western team repeating as Reserve National Champions.

Website: www.AhearnFund.com | Toll Free Phone: (888) 232.9074 | Email: ahearnfund@kstatesports.com


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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What are the advantages to paying my gift by March 1?

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Can I join the Ahearn Fund if I don’t have season tickets?

Points are credited only as dollars are received. Completing your gift by March 1 means that you will get priority point credit for the entire amount of the gift, which could improve your seats and/or parking. Points will be calculated on March 1 and those totals will be used for football seating and parking upgrades. Points calculated on June 15 will be used for men’s and women’s basketball requests.

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Can I pay my Ahearn Fund gift in installments? You can make monthly payments toward your Ahearn Fund pledge. Equal monthly payments can be charged to your credit card on the date you specify. An important thing to note if you are setting up a monthly payment schedule for the first time, please make sure that the portion of the donation related to priority seating is 25% and paid by March 1 and the balance is paid by June 15. We will work to accommodate your requests in regards to your payment schedules. Please call an Ahearn Fund staff member to personally discuss your options.

Yes, the Ahearn Fund is Kansas State’s National Fund for Student-Athlete Excellence. Being an Ahearn member, at any level, helps the department to achieve the vision of being a model intercollegiate athletics program. Annual gifts to the Fund are the lifeblood of Kansas State Athletics. Those dollars allow the department to provide a world-class studentathlete experience, maintain and provide ongoing facility upgrades, attract and retain great coaches and enable a national recruiting reach. At the same time we pledge to operate in a fiscally responsible and transparent manner.

“Playing By The Rules” NCAA Compliance The Kansas State University athletic programs are governed by the rules and regulations of the NCAA and the Big 12 Conference. Current NCAA regulations require that, if you, as a donor to Kansas State Athletics or any person directly or indirectly related or affiliated with you, violate any of the rules and regulations of the NCAA or Big 12, the University must disassociate itself from you and any future University-related benefits or privileges available to you will be terminated. Your participation in this program and your acceptance of benefits and privileges available from the University as a part of this program is your acknowledgement and agreement that, in the event of any such finding by the NCAA, the Big 12 or the University, all future benefits and privileges will be cancelled and/or forfeited by the school.

Questions on NCAA rules? Contact K-State Athletics Compliance

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(785) 532.3990

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AHEARN FUND STAFF Chad Weiberg Associate AD/ Ahearn Fund

Eric Holderness Assistant Director/ Ahearn Fund

(785) 532.6901 cweiberg@kstatesports.com

(785) 532.7715 eholderness@kstatesports.com

Laird Veatch Associate AD/ Capital Support

Nate Warren Assistant Director/ Ahearn Fund

(785) 532.7954 lveatch@kstatesports.com

(785) 532.7932 nwarren@kstatesports.com

Lon Floyd Assistant AD/ Catbacker Clubs (785) 532.7707 lfloyd@kstatesports.com

Mike Clark Director of Development/ Ahearn Fund (785) 532.7716 mclark@kstatesports.com

Missy Heidrick Regional Director/ Kansas City (913) 433.4990 mheidrick@kstatesports.com

Alex Kringen Graduate Assistant/ Ahearn Fund (785) 532.5282 akringen@kstatesports.com

Connor Meier Graduate Assistant/ Ahearn Fund (785) 532.5282 cmeier@kstatesports.com

Jarriell Miller Graduate Assistant/ Ahearn Fund (785) 532.5282 jmiller@kstatesports.com

Andrew Hamor Director of Annual Giving (785) 532.7984 ahamor@kstatesports.com

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>>AHEARN FUND grew by 14.5% to an all-time high of 7,027 members in 2011, while total gifts were up 5% over the mark set in 2009-10.

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SPECIAL RECOGNITION Intercollegiate Athletics President’s Advisory Committee

K-State Athletics, Inc. Board of Directors

K-State Athletics, Inc. Ahearn Fund Advisory Group

Athletics Representatives

John Currie Chairman and Chief Executive Officer [CEO] Director of Athletics

John Blackwell [Larned, Kan.] Tim Blake [Shawnee, Kan.] Jerry Boettcher [Manhattan, Kan.] Jerry Braden [Manhattan, Kan.] Zac Burton [Manhattan, Kan.] Tara Cupps [Wichita, Kan.] Terry Cupps [Wichita, Kan.] Cody Foster [Topeka, Kan.] Mary Ice [Westlake, Texas] Bill Keller [Pratt, Kan.] Roger McClellan [Wichita, Kan.] Alan Parker [Manhattan, Kan.] Charlotte Schartz [Manhattan, Kan.] Barry Schartz [Manhattan, Kan.] Paul Stephenson [Wichita, Kan.] Brandon Vering [Greenleaf, Kan.] Chase Wilson [Leawood, Kan.]

John Currie - Director of Athletics Jill Shields - Associate AD/Senior Women’s Administrator

Faculty Representatives Betsy Cauble - Sociology, Anthropology & Social Work Melody LeHew - Apparel, Textiles & Interior Design Phillip Marzluf - English Kenneth Hughey - Special Education & Counseling

Alumni Members Barbara Bachman [Centralia, Kan.] Earl McVicker [Hutchinson, Kan.]

Student Members Jonathan Bahmani [Kansas City, Mo.] Libby Queen [Lawrence, Kan.]

Alumni Board Representative Roger McClellan [Wichita, Kan.]

Bruce Shubert Secretary-Treasurer Vice President of Administration & Finance Pat Bosco Vice President of Student Life/ Dean of Students Jackie Hartman Director of Community Relations Assistant to the President April Mason Provost and Senior Vice President Be Stoney Faculty Athletic Representative

The Ahearn Fund Advisory Group consists of loyal Ahearn Fund members and represents a variety of giving levels. This group meets 3 to 4 times per year to discuss current policies and issues related to the Ahearn Fund and K-State Athletics.

Foundation Representative Kevin Lockett [Kansas City, Mo.]

Tax Information Disclaimer: The following information is not intended to constitute legal advice or other tax counsel and may not be relied on as such. Please consult a personal tax advisor concerning the deductibility of any contribution to the Ahearn Fund. The Kansas State University Foundation (“Foundation”) is a 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt organization soliciting tax deductible private contributions for the benefit of Kansas State University. The foundation is registered to solicit charitable contributions with the appropriate governing authorities in all states requiring registration. A copy of the foundation’s current financial statement is available by writing to 2323 Anderson Ave., Suite 500, Manhattan, KS 66502, Attn: Compliance Officer, by calling toll-free 800-432-1578, or by accessing our web site at www.found.ksu.edu. In addition, if you are a resident of the following states we are required to advise you that a copy of our financial report is available directly through their offices as follows: CALIFORNIA: The official registration and financial information regarding The Kansas State University Foundation can be obtained from the Attorney General’s Web site at http://caag.state.ca.us/charities/. Registration does not imply endorsement. FLORIDA: A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION (CH-29330) AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALIING TOLL-FREE (800-435-7352) WITHIN THE STATE. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE. MARYLAND: Documents and information submitted under the Maryland Solicitations Act are available, for the cost of postage and copies, from the Maryland Secretary of State, State House, Annapolis, MD 21401 (410) 974-5534. NEW JERSEY: INFORMATION FILED WITH THE ATTORNEY GENERAL CONCERNING THIS CHARITABLE SOLICITATION AND THE PERCENTAGE OF CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED BY THE CHARITY DURING THE LAST REPORTING PERIOD THAT WERE DEDICATED TO THE CHARITABLE PURPOSE MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY BY CALLING 976-504-6215 AND IS AVAILABLE ON THE INTERNET AT http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/ocp/charities.htm. REGISTRATION WITH THE ATTORNEY GENERAL DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT. NEW YORK: A copy of the most recent financial report is available from the Office of the Attorney General, Department of Law, Charities Bureau, Attn: FOIL Officer, 120 Broadway, New York, New York 10271. PENNSYLVANIA: The official registration and financial information of The Kansas State University Foundation may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll-free within Pennsylvania 1-800-732-0999. WASHINGTON: Financial information is available from the Secretary of State, Charities Division, Olympia, WA 98504, or call, in state, 1-800-332-GIVE. WEST VIRGINIA: West Virginia residents may obtain a summary of the registration and financial documents from the Secretary of State, State Capitol, Charleston, West Virginia 25305. REGISTRATION WITH A STATE AGENCY DOES NOT CONSTITUTE OR IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL OR RECOMMENDATION BY THAT STATE. For more information, call 800-432-1578 or visit our web site at www.found.ksu.edu


2011 Ahearn Fund Membership Guide  

Everything you need to know about being a member of the Ahearn Fund

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