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OSU Women's Rowing - Help Us Go Fast

Raised toward our $25,000 Goal
142 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on August 02, at 11:59 PM PDT
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A Message from Judy Kitzman

July 14, 2015

We are happy to announce we have reached our first milestone for our Oregon State Women's Rowing crowd funding effort. Earlier today, we surged past $6,000 and now sit at $7,510. We are extremely thankful and so is Judy Kitzman, the namesake of the shell we are looking to purchase.

"I am so honored that Oregon State University Women's Rowing is purchasing an eight-oared women's racing shell for the 2015-2016 racing season --- and naming it the "Judy Kitzman." I am blown out of the water, so to speak, that an anonymous donor is kicking off the fundraising campaign with a $25,000 gift. The very least I can do is help in the fundraising effort to help purchase Pocock Hypercarbon Comp 8 racing shell, considered the company's top of the line boat." – Judy Kitzman

This momentum is because of your generosity but we have not reached our goal yet. We ask you to forward this site ( to one or two people that have a love for the sport of rowing and/or an affinity for Oregon State. Thank you, again, for your support to Help Us Go Fast!

Emily Ford Head Coach Oregon State Women's Rowing

Halfway Milestone - OSU Football Club Ticket offer

July 17, 2015

A huge thank you to all of you who stepped up to help us reach our first milestone of $6k in the first week!  It is wonderful to see so many alumni, parents, friends, etc., donating to this very special project.  We are entering the ever important “middle of the race,” so we need everyone to hunker down and do some tough work to keep moving this needle forward.  We had a great first 500 – let’s keep the momentum going and put ourselves in position to win this race! The next goal is getting to the halfway mark ($12,500) by MONDAY! 

As a special incentive, if we reach this important milestone by 11:59pm on Monday night, we will randomly draw a name to receive 2 CLUB TICKETS to any OSU home football game this fall (anyone who has donated up until now or who donates before 11:59pm Monday will be eligible for the drawing).  Please don’t wait – click on the link now and make your donation!   If you have already donated, please encourage at least one other person to do so this weekend.

Go Beavs!  Emily

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Milestone Monday!

July 20, 2015

A huge thank you to all of you who got us within striking distance of our halfway goal this weekend!  We are SO close to reaching the $12,500 mark by 11:59pm tonight.  Remember, if we hit this target, all of you who have donated will go in a drawing for 2 Club tickets to a home football game of your choice this fall. 

To everyone who has supported this project, THANK YOU!  This means so much to our team, as they will have the opportunity to race in a brand new Pocock Hypercarbon 8 this year, in honor of Judy Kitzman.  You all understand the amount of hard work that goes into being a rower at Oregon State.  And you can all relate to how important it is to have the best equipment on race day so that all of that hard work is realized on the race course. 

Let's do this - for the team and for Judy!

Go Beavs!

Emily Ford

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Thank You!

July 21, 2015

Great news, Beaver Rowing fans – we hit our halfway goal of $12,500 yesterday evening thanks to your amazing and generous efforts.  The outpour of support for this project has been nothing short of awesome, so thank you to everyone who has gotten us this far.  We are in a strong position going into the second half of this race, but you all know how critical the 3rd 500 is.  The next goal is $20K by this Sunday!  If you haven’t donated yet, please do so today.  For some extra incentive this week, we have the following offers:

IF we make our $20k goal by 11:59pm Sunday, July 26th, we will:

A) Randomly draw one name from ALL donors to win a gear package which includes an Oregon State sweatshirt, t-shirt and hat


B) Randomly draw ONE name from all donors who have given $500 or more to win 2 Club tickets for any home football game this fall

The most incentive, of course, is giving back to this great program and supporting the purchase of our new racing 8 which will honor former coach and OSU Rowing pioneer, Judy Kitzman.  Please click this link today and help us out:

Finally, congratulations to Dr. Robert Mullen, this week’s winner of 2 Club tickets for any home football game this fall.  

Go Beavs! Emily

Weekend Update!

July 24, 2015

Beaver Rowing fans:

A quick update for you before your weekend starts; we have just two days left to hit our next milestone of $20,000 to the Judy Kitzman racing 8.  Because of your generosity and commitment to excellence, we are only $6000 away from hitting this lofty goal, but we need your help to close the gap!

Please consider a gift of any amount and help us spread the word by sharing this link with your friends and family on social media:

Remember, IF we make our $20k goal by 11:59pm Sunday, July 26th, we will:

A) Randomly draw one name from ALL donors to win a gear package which includes an Oregon State sweatshirt, t-shirt and hat AND B) Randomly draw ONE name from all donors who have given $500 or more to win 2 Club tickets for any home football game this fall.

Thank you all so much for your efforts to help us honor Judy and provide our team with the resources they use to compete at the highest levels every day.  

Go Beavs! Emily Ford  

We Did It! - THANK YOU!!

July 31, 2015

First, and foremost, thank you. Your love for the sport of rowing, for our program and for those that make up our program is the reason we not only reached our $25k goal, but exceeded it with three days remaining in the campaign. To date, we have raised $26,475 and that inspiring number is all because of you.

In all, 139 donations came through our crowd funding site, which shows that, like rowing, this was definitely a team effort. Gifts came from former rowers, family members of current and former rowers, and friends of the program as well as those who may not be directly affiliated with our program but know someone who is or was at some point in their lives.

The success of this campaign, coupled with the generous match gift, will make our goal of purchasing the top-of-line Hypercarbon Comp women’s racing eight a reality, and also allows us to honor Judy Kitzman in a way that she most definitely deserves.

We will communicate to you details regarding the Orange & Black Regatta in November so you can witness the unveiling of the boat that will bear Judy’s name.

Thank you again for all that you do for Oregon State Women’s Rowing and Go Beavs!

Emily Ford Head Coach OSU Women’s Rowing

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