The Sheakley Match
On September 24th, UC Athletics announced that local entrepreneur and UC Athletics benefactor Larry Sheakley issued a $1 million matching gift challenge to help in the final fundraising stretch - two short weeks later, that challenge had been met.
Then Sheakley made an even bigger announcement:
"I am incredibly proud to be a part of this wonderful University. In response to your generosity and team spirit, I am personally extending the matching gift an additional $1.5 million. I am certain that the enthusiasm and pride we all feel for UC and the City of Cincinnati right now will continue, and I feel confident we will make our goal."