By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications
October 1, 2013 – The University of Victoria Vikes Athletics and Recreation department celebrated a milestone moment after it was announced that at this year’s sixth annual Vikes Championship Breakfast over $460,000 was raised for student-athlete scholarships.
The 2013 fundraising event brings the six-year total to just over $2.4 million dollars raised since the inaugural 2008 event.
For the past five years, the University of Victoria has matched the first $150,000 raised and for 2013, the university decided to increase the matching amount to $200,000. With support from the university and title sponsor, PepsiCo Canada, as well as ticket sales of just over $290,000, varsity student-athletes will be able to continue to focus on their competition and training.
The event was catered by Degrees Catering and featured keynote speaker Dr. E. Paul Zehr, author and neuroscience professor at the University of Victoria.
This was also the first Vikes Championship Breakfast for Prof. Jamie Cassels who was appointed President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Victoria in July 2013.
“The success of the Championship Breakfast has made a remarkable impact on Vikes student-athletes,” said Clint Hamilton, director of Athletics and Recreation. “We now have student-alumni who have benefitted through their five-year varsity career. It is evident that this generation not only appreciates the support but also understands the importance of now stepping up to support future generations at the Vikes Championship Breakfast.”
Over 1,450 tickets were sold for the event and approximately 600 people attended the breakfast.
Breakfast Totals raised:
- 2013: $465, 000
- 2012: $462, 606
- 2011: $424, 685
- 2010: $377, 405
- 2009: $338, 196
- 2008: $330, 961