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Blue & Gold Fund
The intercollegiate athletics program at Marquette University is a program that is committed to excellence in academics, athletics, and leadership through the service of others. To support this quest for excellence, Marquette established the Blue & Gold Fund in November 1994 to raise funds for athletic scholarships.
Athletic scholarships are paramount to a successful intercollegiate athletics program Marquette. Donors to the Blue & Gold Fund appreciate the value of intercollegiate athletics and recognize the importance of scholarship support for student-athletes. Since its inception, the Blue & Gold Fund has provided over $6 million in scholarship support to Marquette student-athletes. More than 4,500 friends have made a commitment to the University's quest for excellence by contributing to the Blue & Gold Fund.
Marquette boasts 14 varsity sports and provides scholarship funding to over 140 Marquette student-athletes. Marquette funds the equivalence of over 76 full-tuition scholarships at a total cost of approximately $2.3 million ($30,000/full-tuition scholarship). The goal of the Blue & Gold Fund is to raise $2.1 million in the 2005-06 academic year. Eventually, the Blue & Gold Fund would like to fund the cost of all student-athlete scholarships on an annual basis.
In recognition for their support, Blue & Gold Fund donors are invited to social gatherings with coaches and student-athletes, such as the Hank Raymonds Scholarship Auction and Raffle, and receive priority for seat assignment for men's basketball games at the Bradley Center. Blue & Gold Fund donors are also invited to travel with the Golden Eagles to selected locations each year.
Call the Blue & Gold Fund office at (414) 288-3988 for more information and answers to any of your questions.
Blue & Gold Contact Information
Blue & Gold Fund Al McGuire Center 770 North 12th Street Milwaukee, WI 53233
Phone: (414) 288-3988 Fax: (414) 288-5885
Blue & Gold Staff
Paul McInerny, Ph.D.
Chief Athletics Advancement Officer
Paul McInerny is in his third year as Chief Athletics Advancement Officer at Marquette University. McInerny is responsible for major gifts, endowments, fund raising and special projects for intercollegiate athletics. He joined Marquette from Dominican High School, where he served as president since 1995.
An alumnus of Marquette University, McInerny earned two degrees from the school; a bachelor of arts in 1972 and a Ph.D. in Foundations of Education in 1989. Following a successful two-year journalism career in North Dakota, he returned to his alma mater in 1976 as an administrator in the university's office of public affairs.
For the next 19 years, McInerny served the university in various administrative capacities including Director of Media Relations and Publications and Senior Advancement Officer. In 1995, he joined Dominican High School as its chief administrator responsible for the overall direction of the school's strategic planning, marketing, fund raising, community outreach, financial management and mission.
Particularly familiar with the department of athletics, McInerny was a member of Marquette's men's soccer program in 1969 and 1970. He is a member of the Marquette University Alumni Association national board, served on the M Club board of directors from 1985 to 1999, and received the club's Hy Popuch Award in 1996 for his service to intercollegiate athletics.
Assistant Director, Blue &Gold Fund
Joe True joined the Blue & Gold Fund in July 2005. He assists with the day to day operations of the Blue & Gold Fund, including the maintenance of the priority point system, maintenance of the Blue & Gold Fund web-site and plans donor related travel events to men's and women's basketball games. He oversees all athletic fundraising events, which include the Hank Raymonds Scholarship Auction & Raffle, Marquette Golf Club Invitational, Putt for the Eagles Golf Tournament, Caddyshack Classic and the M-Club Golf Outing.
Prior to his arrival at Marquette, Joe was a graduate assistant in the athletic ticket office at Northern Illinois University and served as an operations intern with the American Junior Golf Organization. He was a four year letter winner on the NIU golf team and was the President of the Student Athlete Advisory Council for two years.
Joe received a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from NIU and is currently pursuing a Masters of Science in Sports Management from NIU.
Zach Hurst joined the Marquette Athletics Department in July 2006 as the Blue & Gold Fund Intern. He currently assists with the annual fund drive, oversees the online fundraising auction, and assists with the planning and management of donor travel and the management of point system and facilitation of the men's basketball reseating process.
Hurst came to Marquette after serving as a graduate assistant for the University of Georgia Athletic Development Office where he was responsible for numerous assignments in game day operations, development, alumni relations and special events.
A native of Boone, North Carolina, Zach earned his Bachelor of Science in Sport Management from Western Carolina University. He is currently pursuing his Masters of Education from the University of Georgia.
Executive Assistant/Special Events
Sarah Claus joined the Blue & Gold Fund staff in August 2004. After serving one year as the Blue & Gold Fund intern, she is now a full-time staff member providing administrative support to the Athletics Director as well the Blue & Gold Fund. In addition, she coordinates a variety of special events as they pertain to intercollegiate athletics.
Before Marquette, Sarah began her career in college athletics while attending the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. She worked for two years in the compliance office as well as spending five years working as a hostess in the sky suites at Nebraska football games.
Sarah also spent three years with the independent professional baseball team, Lincoln Saltdogs, assisting in merchandising, promotions, ticket sales and office operations.
A native of Lincoln, Nebraska, Sarah earned her Bachelor of Journalism degree in Advertising from UNL.