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$100,000 matching gift earned in 2014 Blue and Gold Challenge (updated)

Howard Welinsky and Karren Ganstwig with Coach John Wooden

Alumni Howard Welinsky and Karren Ganstwig, standing alongside Coach John Wooden, are challenging UCLA supporters to donate to the university's funds.

Nov. 21 update: The challenge has been reached with contributions by 2334 donors, a number that continues to grow as the midnight deadline approaches.

If 2,200 Bruins — alumni, students, parents, faculty, staff and friends of UCLA — donate to any of UCLA’s funds prior to the UCLA-USC football game Nov. 22, alumni Karren Ganstwig and Howard Welinsky will give an additional $100,000 to UCLA.

That’s the bottom line for the UCLA Fund’s Blue and Gold Challenge 2014. Donations can be made to any of UCLA’s more than 170 funds, including those that provide scholarships for low-income students and others which support UCLA’s groundbreaking scientific and medical research.

“The Blue and Gold Challenge is a fantastic way to support UCLA through annual giving,” said David Wolf, executive director of individual giving at UCLA. “Rallying around our student athletes leading up to Saturday’s big game is exciting, and, with the $100,000 commitment on top of what we raise together, we are genuinely making a difference for UCLA.”

This is the third annual Blue and Gold Challenge. In 2012, UCLA exceeded its goal by 50 percent, bringing in more than 1,000 new donors to the fund. Last year, UCLA had more than 3,800 gifts and raised more than $700,000 (not including the challenger gifts of $100,000), bringing in nearly 1,200 new donors. 

“Challenging all Bruins to get involved and give back is an honor, and we look forward to being able to commit $100,000 to UCLA to increase our collective giving to maintain UCLA’s stature and impact on the world,” they wrote.

How to give: Bruins can direct their gift to the campus department or program most meaningful to them. Give online at

Or they can text BRUINS to 50555 to give $10 to the Chancellor’s Greatest Needs, UCLA’s campuswide discretionary fund, for the broadest impact.

The Student Giving Committee will also have a table, ready to accept donations at the Beat ’SC Bonfire and Rally on Thursday, Nov. 20, in Wilson Plaza at 6 p.m.

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