Impact

Donor of the Game

The Panther Club selects a Pitt Athletics supporter to join Director of Athletics, Heather Lyke, in the Dotting the "i" tradition to kick off each home football game.

Rick Gradisek

Donor of the Game against Boston College on Saturday, November 30


Rick Gradisek

RICK WAS A FOUR-YEAR MANAGER FOR PITT FOOTBALL AND A MEMBER OF THE 1976 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM. GRADUATING IN 1977, HE WENT ON TO PITT DENTAL SCHOOL WHERE HE EARNED HIS DMD. RICK HAS BEEN A LOYAL DONOR AND SEASON TICKET HOLDER FOR 35 YEARS. FOR THE PAST 26 YEARS, RICK HAS ORGANIZED THE BEAVER-MOON GOLF OUTING BENEFITTING PITT ATHLETICS. RICK MOST RECENTLY MADE A LIFE SAVING DONATION – DONATING A KIDNEY TO HIS SISTER, JUDY, WHO JOINS HIM ON THE FIELD TODAY. PLEASE JOIN US IN THANKING TODAY’S PANTHER CLUB DONOR OF THE GAME RICK GRADISEK FOR HIS OUTSTANDING SUPPORT.

Dennis and Janet McKamish

Donor of the Game against University of North Carolina on Thursday, November 14


Dennis and Janet McKamish

DENNIS, WHO SERVES AS A MEMBER OF THE CHAMPIONS ADVISORY BOARD, JANET AND THE ENTIRE MCKAMISH FAMILY HAVE BEEN LOYAL AND GENEROUS SUPPORTERS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH AND PITT ATHLETICS FOR MANY YEARS. IN 2009 THEY ESTABLISHED THE MCKAMISH FAMILY ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP TO SUPPORT STUDENT-ATHLETES AND IN 2011 ADDED ANOTHER ENDOWMENT TO SUPPORT SCHOLARSHIPS FOR LOCAL STUDENTS. PLEASE JOIN US IN THANKING TODAY’S PANTHER CLUB DONORS OF THE GAME, DENNIS AND JANET MCKAMISH, FOR THEIR OUTSTANDING SUPPORT.

Eva Blum

Donor of the Game against Miami on Saturday, October 26


Eva Blum

EVA BLUM HAS SPENT COUNTLESS HOURS MOVING PITT EVER FORWARD AS A DEDICATED VOLUNTEER AND BENEFACTOR, PAST PRESIDENT OF THE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION, CO-CHAIR OF THE $2 BILLION CAMPAIGN AND MOST RECENTLY AS THE FIRST WOMAN TO CHAIR THE UNIVERSITY’S BOARD OF TRUSTEES. EVA, ALONG WITH HER BROTHER BURT, ESTABISHED THE WILLIAM PITT UNION’S TANSKY FAMILY LOUNGE AND THE TANSKY FAMILY FUND IN THE NEUROLOGY DPEARTMENT. PLEASE JOIN US IN THANKING TODAY’S PANTHER CLUB DONOR OF THE GAME, EVA BLUM, FOR HER LONGSTANDING SUPPORT AND COMMITMENT TO PITT.

Michael Fay

Donor of the Game against Delaware on Saturday, September 28


Michael Fay

A UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH UNDERGRAD AND DENTAL SCHOOL GRADUATE, MICHAEL FAY HAS BEEN GIVING BACK TO PITT FOR MORE THAN 40 CONSECUTIVE YEARS. IN 2010 HE ESTABLISHED THE MICHAEL FAY ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP TO SUPPORT A STUDENT-ATHLETE ON THE MEN’S BASKETBALL TEAM. MICHAEL IS ALSO A MEMBER OF THE 1787 SOCIETY WITH HIS BEQUEST INTENTION TO SUPPORT PITT ATHLETICS. PLEASE JOIN US IN THANKING TODAY’S PANTHER CLUB DONOR OF THE GAME, MICHAEL FAY, FOR HIS LONGSTANDING SUPPORT.

Tim Pecsenye

Donor of the Game against UCF on Saturday, September 21


Tim Pecsenye

A TWO-TIME PITT GRADUATE AND FORMER BAND MEMBER, TIM HAS ATTENDED EVERY PANTHER FOOTBALL GAME SINCE 1985. HE HAS ALSO BEEN A GENEROUS DONOR, ESTABLISHING THE TIMOTHY PECSENYE ENDOWED ATHLETIC SCHOLARSHIP IN 2014 AND RECENTLY JOINING PITT’S 1787 SOCIETY WITH A SEVEN-FIGURE PLANNED GIFT TO SUPPORT PITT ATHLETICS, PITT LAW, AND TO ESTABLSIH THE LOUISE AND DWIGHT PECSENYE FUND FOR DEMENTIA AND ALZHEIMERS RESEARCH IN HONOR OF HIS PARENTS.

Roger Glunt

Donor of the Game against Ohio University on Saturday, September 7


Roger Glunt

A 1960 GRADUATE, ROGER WAS A MEMBER OF THE VARSITY MARCHING BAND AND ONE OF THE ORIGINAL HERALD TRUMPETERS. A FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION, HE HAS RECEIVED NUMEROUS AWARDS FROM THE UNIVERSITY, INCLUDING THE 2003 PITT BAND ALUMNUS OF DISTINCTION. A LONGSTANDING SUPPORTER, IN ADDITION TO HIS SUPPORT OF PANTHER STUDENT-ATHLETES, HE HAS ESTABLISHED THE NANCY GLUNT HOFFMAN MEMORIAL FUND TO ENDOW A CHAIR IN ONCOLOGY NURSING IN MEMORY OF HIS LATE SISTER AND THE ROBERT L. ARTHUR MEMORIAL FUND TO SUPPORT THE STUDENT MUSICIANS OF THE PITT BAND TO HONOR HIS UNDERGRADUATE BAND DIRECTOR. WE THANK EMERITUS TRUSTEE ROGER GLUNT FOR HIS COMMITMENT TO PITT.

John and Cathy Pelusi

Donor of the Game for home-opener against University of Virginia on Saturday, August 31


John and Cathy Pelusi

JOHN, THE STARTING CENTER FOR THE 1976 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP PITT FOOTBALL TEAM, AND CATHY HAVE BEEN INSTRUMENTAL IN PROVIDING RESOURCES FOR TODAY’S STUDENT-ATHLETES TO SUCCEED THROUGH THE CATHY AND JOHN PELUSI FAMILY LIFE SKILLS PROGRAM AND THE JOHN AND KATHLEEN PELUSI MENTORSHIP PROGRAM. FOR 41 CONSECUTIVE YEARS, THEY HAVE GIVEN BACK AND DEMONSTRATED THEIR COMMITMENT TO PITT. WE THANK JOHN AND CATHY PELUSI FAMILY FOR THEIR LONGSTANDING AND GENEROUS SUPPORT.