May 5, 2014
GREENVILLE, N.C. - In a spirited effort that involved over 800 members of the Pirate Nation and less than a four-year time span, the East Carolina University Educational Foundation announced the completion of the $17 million Step Up To The Highest Level Campaign on Monday.
The foundation, commonly referred to as the Pirate Club, launched the fundraising initiative in the fall of 2010 with a defining goal of adding a 49,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art multi-level basketball practice facility and ECU Athletics Hall of Fame to an already impressive list of on-campus sport venues.
While the Smith-Williams Center opened its doors for the first time last August for basketball occupancy, the last phase of the campaign to ensure the finish of the Hall of Fame area late this summer. That particular endeavor was sparked by Carl Rogers and the Pirate Club Executive Committee, who initiated a No Quarter Challenge that helped raise the final $300,000 this spring. Over 100 donors contributed to the challenge, many providing extra funds in addition to their original campaign pledge.