Becky KlingAs President of the Mizzou Tiger Club – St. Louis, I’m proud to continue guiding our efforts to raise both funds and community awareness for our student athletes and athletic programs at the University of Missouri – Columbia through fundraising and community events within the greater metropolitan St. Louis area.  Our monthly lunches, Pigskin Preview, Coach Kadlec Memorial Golf Tournament, Annual Basketball Lunch and fall tailgates continue in full force with amazing attendance.  This year we hit two new historical marks.  For the first time in any Mizzou booster club history our annual Basketball Lunch highlighted the Women’s Basketball program as well as the Men’s, with Head Coaches Robin Pingeton and Kim Anderson as key-note speakers.  Our Club is committed to continuing this as a new tradition which we hope will promote increased awareness of our growing Women’s program throughout the coming years.  We also received 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, which means that many of those companies and individuals who sponsor, or donate to, our events may now have those sponsorships and donations be treated as tax deductible.  Our next project will be a membership drive.  We are the only Mizzou booster club that does not have an official membership program in place, but we are working on changing that this year and welcome your input and support.  Finally, we recently applied for exemption from Missouri sales and use tax, which will increase net proceeds from most of our events if granted.

Our total amount of donations to the University for 2015 was $28,500, and we expect to match or exceed that amount in 2016.  Your continued financial support of the Club is essential to our attainment of that goal so I hope to so see all the old familiar faces of our local Mizzou fans, as well as many new ones, at our 2016 events.  GO TIGERS!

Becky Kling, President