News and Events
Les Richter Finally to NFL Hall of Fame
Irving, TX, February 8, 2011 — Les Richter (’52), an all-time Golden Bear football great and one time Bowlesman, later a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, enjoyed a highly successful nine seasons in the National Football League, spending his entire career with the Los Angeles Rams. In eight consecutive years he was selected to the Pro Bowl. Based on his NFL “credentials” he seemed to be a shoo in for the League’s Hall of Fame. But more than 30 years after his NFL career ended he still had not been enshrined, a situation which gave many cause to wonder what one had to do to enter the Hall. Les passed away in June 2010, a few months before his 80th birthday.
At Super Bowl XLV yesterday, it was announced that Les would be enshrined in the NFL Hall of Fame this year, a long overdue honor for one of the League’s greats.
BHF Capital Campaign Fund Raising Report
Efforts and activities to reach fund raising goals for the Bowles Hall Foundation Capital Campaign and the Seed Fund have been accelerated and strengthened with additional Association members volunteering to accept leadership roles, particularly in the Southern California and Tri-State New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut areas.
At present, the Campaign has about $500,000 of conditional pledges and $50,000 cash in the Seed Fund. The short-term goal is to grow the conditional pledges to $3 million by the end of March with a 2011 goal of at least $4 million in order to demonstrate financial viability for the overall project to the UCB Chancellor.
Many BHAA members already contacted have expressed great support of the restoration project and volunteers are working diligently to contact each Bowlesman, personally, to explain the project and encourage participation.
Several means of contributing to the project, besides direct cash donations, are available:
- Conditional pledges. The total amount may be spread over a period of years or designated to be paid in a lump sum. The donor may add conditions that fit the donor’s wishes and conditions, subject to the Foundation’s ability to accommodate requests. All pledges are contingent upon Regent approval of the BHAA proposal.
- Donors who have IRAs can elect to make direct donations from the custodian to the Foundation tax-free. The IRA donation method, first available during the 2010 tax year, was extended to 2011 with passage of the recent tax bill in Congress.
- During the last quarter arrangements were made permitting the Foundation to receive donations of publicly-traded stocks and bonds.
- Many corporations have matching programs in which the employer will match donations made by an employee.
We are prepared to meet face-to-face to explain the details of the project with any persons who have questions, concerns, or just want to better understand the project. Please contact Doug Fagg, Ken Snow, or Tom Swaney if you have questions or would be interested in a personal meeting regarding a financial commitment.
As always, it comes down to money and we need to raise a substantial amount. Members are urged to participate with both your time and dollars. The BHAA is dedicated to doing everything it can to ensure that future generations of Golden Bears have the opportunity for an experience that has had a positive impact on so many earlier generations of Bowlesmen. Every effort will be made in the next few months to contact all alums to discuss the project and determine ability and willingness to contribute.
For information and help with any questions or concerns contact any of the below-listed persons:
Doug Fagg, (209) 274-6833, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ken Snow, (408) 867-6925, email@example.com
Tom Swaney, (510) 658-6398, firstname.lastname@example.org
And if you would like to make a pledge, please fill out the pledge form.
For details on the opportunities for contributions linked to Hall items and activities, check out the naming list.
61st Annual Big Game Dinner a Success
Although the November 20, 2010, activity in the University of California’s Memorial Stadium was not a fitting end to an otherwise pleasant, if somewhat “weather challenged” fall weekend, the start was sensational as nearly 70 Bowlesmen, spouses/roommates, friends, and current Bowles residents gathered at the Berkeley Marina Double Tree Hotel to enjoy the traditional annual Bowles Hall Alumni Association Big Game Dinner, the 61st rendition of this much anticipated event. The crowd was even larger than last year, and the attendance of a large group of current residents (over a dozen!) lent the evening a great feeling of youth and vigor.
Dinner chair Dan Ciruli (’91) led the effort and put together another outstanding program (but no, although he did a lot of different things, he did not perform in the kitchen), that afforded attendees an opportunity to meet classmates, Bowlesmen from different generations, including current undergrads, and to be brought up todate on the status of the program to re-establish the Hall to its former glory and open a residential college on the Berkeley Campus.
BHAA Historian (and second generation Bowleman) Scott Wilson (’85) brought some fantastic Bowles memo-rabilia and shared some history. The featured speakers exemplified Bowles’ past and present as Bob Johnson (’41) regaled the crowd with reminiscences of his time at Bowles and his very impressive career, followed by current Bowles Hall Association President Britt Abrahamson (’14), giving the perspective of the the “kids today.” Finally, attendees received an update on the ongoing Hall project by Bob Sayles (’52), president of the Bowles Hall Alumni Association.
The opportunity to speak with Bowlesmen and family members from different eras underlined the bond common to eighty years of Golden Bears who shared and share a special experience from Bowles residence.
Now, while the experience is not too far gone from the memories of those who attended, and those who did not attend should think about doing so in 2011, remember that the next Big Game will be played at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto on November 20, with the Big Game Dinner scheduled the night before, on November 19, at a site yet to be determined. Watch for specific information in forthcoming issues of your Association newsletter. Meanwhile, Go Bears!!!