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Live Mascot Program

Raised toward our $10,000 Goal
150 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on October 17, at 11:59 PM CDT
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Live Mascot Program

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October 22 will be Griff's day in the big chair as honorary President of Drake University! Head over to Griff’s Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to see how Griff will spend his day as the honorary University President!


Support Everybody’s Dog through the Live Mascot Program (LMP)

The Drake University Live Mascot is one of the most beloved members of the Drake community. Griff greets prospective students and their families on campus, cheers on our Bulldogs from the sidelines, visits community members as a certified therapy dog, and brightens his 14,000+ followers’ days with his social media adventures. He is truly “everybody’s dog”. Like many other programs at the University, the Live Mascot Program relies on the generosity of donors to operate.

The Challenge - Your Gift Goes Further!

Doug, BN’75, and Peggy, BN’76, GR’96, Person believe in the importance and impact of the Live Mascot Program so much that they have put up a $10,000 dollar-for-dollar Challenge Match! Every gift made to the Live Mascot program will be doubled, up to $10,000!

Why Give?

The Live Mascot Program is casting a vision for the future that expands the program’s visibility, recognition, and impact. With donor support, the Live Mascot Program will be empowered to: 

(1) Raises the program’s profile, attracting increased interest from prospective students, elevating the University to national recognition, and solidifying support for Drake.  

(2) Create opportunities for greater community involvement as Des Moines’ Hometown Dog, building upon existing initiatives within the Live Mascot Program such as: greater involvement in area schools, more visits as a certified therapy dog, and the continuation of the annual “Griff Gives Back” pet food drive that collects food donations for vulnerable area pets.

(3) Ensure that this vital part of the Drake experience and fixture in the broader community continues in perpetuity for future generations of Drake Bulldogs and community members.

For more information on the Live Mascot Program at Drake University, visit

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Thank you for helping the Live Mascot program grow!


Paw Print

Thank you for raising your “paw” and making an impact at Drake and beyond!


True Blue

You are True Blue! Your support is empowering this program toward a bright future!



You're a Live Mascot MVP! Thank you for your support!



You're an original, just like the pup who started it all! Thank you for your generosity!


Bulldog Strong

You embody the virtues of Bulldog, loyalty, joy, compassion and kindness! Thank you!