Albuquerque, NM - The Lobo Club is continuing its Drive to 5,000 members until December 31st, 2014, but along the way has reached an all-time high in membership. The Lobo Club, the Gateway to Giving for UNM Athletics, currently stands at 4,488 members for the current 2013-14 season, which marks the most in its 82-year history.
“The entire University of New Mexico Athletics Department is thankful for such an outpouring of support,” said Vice President for Athletics Paul Krebs. “We have some of the best fans in the country, and I want to congratulate all of our members on this tremendous accomplishment.”
The Lobo Club has worked hard to attract new members, but also retain its current membership. In 2012-13 they brought in 964 new members and in 2013-14 they increased that amount to 1,287 – which is 323 more than the previous year. All and all, the Lobo Club has been able to increase their total membership base by almost 200 members this year, but there is still work to be done to reach their ambitious goal.
As the 2014-15 fiscal year approaches, the Lobo Club has already mailed out renewals and begun recruiting new members to achieve 5,000 members for the first time in school history. This number would also put UNM at the top of the Mountain West Conference. They currently sit in third place behind Wyoming and Boise State. “Many of our teams are currently the best in our conference, and we want the Lobo Club to achieve that same position,” said Lee De Leon, Executive Director of the Lobo Club. “With all the UNM alumni, fans and friends not only in New Mexico, but all over the country, I am confident that we can reach 5,000 members by the end of this calendar year.”
The annual Ambassador Drive, which features 80 volunteer fundraisers who donate their time to raise money for the Lobos, is also starting this week. “The Ambassador Drive is a great kick-off to renewing and recruiting new members for the upcoming fiscal year,” said Lauren Adee, Director of Annual Giving for the Lobo Club. “These volunteers have a tremendous amount of passion for the Lobos, and we are extremely grateful for all they do to grow the membership of the Lobo Club.”
To support student-athlete scholarships and help in the Drive to 5,000, go to www.Driveto5000.com or call 505-925- CLUB (2582) and join the Lobo Club today. Membership starts at $50 annually and all donations are tax-deductible.