Football fundraiser celebrates 100 years

January 20th, 2010  |  by  |  Published in Sports

two men at a table Former head coach Bob Wagner with head coach Greg McMackin

Former head coach Bob Wagner with head coach Greg McMackin

crowded ballroom at the football centennial

Over 1,000 people celebrating 100 years of Hawaiʻi football

Nearly a thousand University of Hawaiʻi football supporters gathered Dec. 2, 2009 at the Sheraton Waikīkī hotel for the Centennial Celebration Gala—a tribute to the football program reaching its 100-year milestone.

The event raised $275,000 for UH football through numerous special donors, sponsors, ticket sales and silent and live auctions. About $100,000 is earmarked for immediate needs in support of the football program. The balance will be used to create an endowment to provide a continuous flow of funds in the future.

Keynote speaker was NFL football analyst Dick Vermeil, who coached Super Bowl champion St. Louis Rams. Attendees received a copy of a 20-minute Hawaiʻi football highlight video produced by Hawaiʻi sportscasters Robert Kekaula and Rob DeMello and a commemorative 100th anniversary coin.

About 50 former players received a replica jersey and polo shirt at a pre-reception event hosted by Chevron Hawaiʻi.

Football alumni also were invited on the Aloha Stadium field to welcome the Warriors before the final game of the 2009 season Dec. 5 against Wisconsin.

Support UH Mānoa athletics with a dedicated gift to the UH Foundation. Information on club memberships, corporate sponsorships and other options at the ʻAhahui Koa Ānuenue website.

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