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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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$10,000 Goal EXCEEDED!

October 18, 2019



Thank you to everyone that donated, shared, and posted about this important crowdfunding campaign!


Through your efforts, we raised $11,070, which was added to  the $10,000 matching funds contributed alumni Doug, BN’75, and Peggy, BN’76, GR’96, Person.


This outpouring of generosity supports the Live Mascot Program program and its continued work to be a welcome and inclusive presence on campus and expand the program’s work as an ambassador to prospective students and the greater Des Moines community.


And now for the fun: President Marty Martin issued a challenge that Griff would be named honorary President for a day if the fundraising goal was met by October 17. That goal was surpassed and October 22 will be Griff’s day in the big chair! Head over to Griff’s Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to see how Griff will spend his day as the honorary University President.


Thank you again for your generosity and for supporting this program that means so much to Drake.

Success - Goal Met!

October 14, 2019

Amazing news – we have surpassed our $10,000 goal for the Live Mascot Program! 


Thank you all so much for supporting this incredible program! Your generosity will empower this program to increase community outreach and involvement and sustain the program for future generations of Bulldogs and community members. 


This also means that our favorite Hometown Bulldog will get to be Drake’s honorary President for a day! Stay tuned to see what Griff accomplishes as President (hint: it involves treats and naps).  


Giving will remain open through the end of the campaign period, October 17.  


Again, thank you all so much for your generosity! You have made such an impact on our students, campus, and the greater Des Moines community! 

Two New Challenges!

October 09, 2019

Two New Challenges!

Last week, we posted a challenge to our supporters that when we reached $7,500, they would be able to choose Griff’s Halloween costume! And you stepped up in a big way – helping us get to $7,500 in just days! Thank you so much!


Visit Facebook and Instagram to see the costume options and vote for your favorite!

Drake Alumni Facebook and Instagram

Griff Facebook and Instagram


And today, Drake University President Marty Martin issued a new challenge! If we reach the $10,000 goal by October 17, he will declare Griff honorary President of Drake University for a day, and we’ll get to see just what President Griff gets up to on his social media channels. Stay tuned on Griff’s accounts and the Alumni social accounts to learn when this special day will take place.


Every dog has his day – let's help give Griff his! Visit Drake Alumni social to learn more about the challenge and lend a paw to help us hit $10,000 by October 17 by continuing to share and spread the word about this opportunity!


With just a week to go, we are in the homestretch of this project and need your help to finish strong. If you have already given, thank you for your gift and for supporting this incredible program! You make a difference at Drake.

And on top of all that, don't forget all gifts are matched dollar for dollar thanks to the generosity of Doug ,BN’75, and Peggy, BN’76, GR’96, Person.

Halfway There!

September 26, 2019

Wow! Over $5,000 raised in just 10 days! Thank you so much to all who have donated to this incredibly impactful program. If you’ve already made your gift, be sure to share this project with your friends to generate even more excitement for the Live Mascot Program and Griff! (Use the buttons below Griff's photo on the project page).


Now that we’re past the halfway point with 21 days to go, we’ve got some super fun challenges coming up to help get us to the finish line. Keep following Griff (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) and Drake Alumni (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) on social media to see what happens when we get to $7,500 and $10,000!


Don’t forget, every dollar given during this challenge goes further as all donations are being matched up to $10,000 by Doug and Peggy Person!


We know if Griff could, he’d give each of our generous donors a big hug—he just might need to get lifted up to do it. Let’s keep supporting everybody’s dog!

The Live Mascot Team




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