In 1931, Harold C. Bradley, Porter Butts, and a small group of students established the Wisconsin Hoofers. Eight decades later, as one of the largest and most active collegiate outdoor recreation programs in the country, Hoofers continues to offer outdoor recreation activities and bond new communities around the outdoors. Your generous support assists with scholarships, programs, leadership training, equipment and infrastructure improvements, and much more.
Donors who make a gift of $500 or more will be inducted into the Harold C. Bradley Society. To learn more about giving levels, click HERE.
Tong Family Marina
The purpose of this Fund is to support the design and construct of the Wisconsin Hoofers Marina (to include the replacement of all current and any future piers, decks and docks); land space improvements adjacent to the marina; equipment and infrastructure necessary for the operation of the marina; and any other capital improvements associated with the successful construction and on-going maintenance of the marina.
Wisconsin Sailing Team Consortium Gift
The Tong Family Marina will celebrate its grand opening this summer, 2019! Over the past 4 years, the Sailing Team, sailing advisors, Wisconsin Union leadership and Smith Group Architects worked together to create what will be a stunning 21st century Marina for the Wisconsin Sailing Team and all Hoofer Clubs who have actively utilized the Hoofer pier structures over the decades. This project is being completely supported by the Wisconsin Union and gifts from donors across the country, including the Peter and Janet Tong Family. Construction started this fall and has been quite an undertaking, beginning with rebuilding the entire seawall along the Marina. At a total cost of $4.9 million, we have secured about 75% of this goal and there are still named recognition opportunities available.
John G. Bollinger, founding member of the Hoofer Sailing Team in 1954, and former faculty and Dean of the College of Engineering at UW Madison (1960 - 2000), made a $25,000 gift and launched a consortium gift challenge to honor the legacy of the Wisconsin Sailing Team program with recognition on the new sloop dock. This recognition is valued at $200,000. John is confident the sailing team alumni family can come together to reach this consortium gift goal, honor the sailing program that had a significant impact in our lives – and also support this transformational project.
Please donate what you can to support this consortium gift honoring the legacy of the Wisconsin Sailing Team, and share this with others whom you think may also want to support this project. And please – join us this summer on beautiful Lake Mendota and enjoy the beautiful new Tong Family Marina!