SUPPORT OUR SCHOOLS (SOS) – $514,741 Raised
for Local Schools in 2005

$4.61 MILLION RAISED OVER PAST 12 YEARS

89 SCHOOLS PARTICIPATED THIS YEAR

Support Our Schools (SOS), formerly known as the highly successful Save Our Sports campaign, set another record mark this past year in their fundraising efforts with $514,741 for local schools.

Support Our Schools was broadened in 2005 to include all extracurricular activities at high schools and middle schools. In past years the program targeted specifically only the sports teams on campus.

Over the past 12 years, the SOS program has raised $4.61 million, and the 2005 campaign engaged 89 San Diego area schools.

SOS USbank

“U.S. Bank is committed to supporting San Diego and all of the communities throughout the country where we operate. Schools are a vital part of any community and we are proud to continue our affiliation with this most unique fundraising program for the third consecutive year,” noted John Zygowicz, market president for U.S. Bank in San Diego. “With schools seeing significant budget cuts around the state, we are proud to do our part in helping San Diego High Schools fund essential extra curricular activities for the kids.”

“This has been an extraordinary partnership between the Century Club, Buick and the San Diego CIF Section. The winners in this win-win program are the schools who’ve certainly benefited from their hardwork.”

The idea behind the SOS program is simple. Local high schools sell specially discounted any day tickets for $15 to the annual Buick Invitational through their booster clubs, athletic departments and on-campus clubs, and they keep 100% of their sales.

The leading schools in generating funds in 2005 were University of San Diego, Poway High School, Mt Carmel, San Diego High School and Westview High School.

“The SOS program has been an essential part of our local schools fundraising efforts and it just gains more momentum each year of the program. Expanding SOS beyond the sports teams has helped many more deserving schools programs,” said Jeff Byroads, a member of The Century Club and 2005 Chairman of the program. “The SOS ticket campaign promotes the Buick Invitational throughout the entire region. The Century Club is thrilled at how this program has expanded to include so many schools over the years.”

“This has been an extraordinary partnership between the Century Club, Buick and the San Diego CIF Section. The winners in this win-win program are the schools who’ve certainly benefited from their hardwork.” said Dennis Ackerman, Commissioner for the San Diego CIF Section. “By including all extracurricular activities it has expanded the SOS program to other deserving campus needs. We are very grateful to be a part of SOS for the past dozen years.”

If you would like to sign up your school for this year’s SOS program, please call the Century Club at (619) 281-4653.

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