Maroon & Gold 2017 draws record-breaking audience


The event raised a net revenue of $60,363 and marked the highest-ever Maroon & Gold attendance with a total of 258 guests.

More than 120 raffles and live and silent auction items raised a total of $19,775 while the Art Department received $10,000 toward the purchase of new pottery wheels thanks to the Raise the Paddle. MMA also received a $100,000 commitment for expanding the back campus facilities.

Thomas Huckins '20 was named the first-ever Major General Robert M. Flanagan Endowed Scholarship recipient. Lt. Gen. John F. Sattler received the annual Gen. Clifton B. Cates Class of 1910 “I Will Hold” Award for Leadership. For more about Lt. Gen. Sattler, click here.
The Gen. Clifton B. Cates, class of 1910 “I Will Hold” Award was established in 2014 in commemoration of the Academy’s 125th anniversary. Two-time governor and four-time United States Senator Christopher S. “Kit” Bond was the 2015 recipient, and Gary Pinkel, former head coach of the University of Missouri Tiger football team was the inaugural honoree in 2014.
Since its inception in 2005, Maroon & Gold has become the Academy's premier fundraising event. To date the gala has raised more than $375,000 for improved academy programs, equipment and cadet life initiatives.

"Just a few years ago, Maroon & Gold was a small dinner of less than 50 people," Vice President for External Affairs Christine Smith said. "Since that time, we have grown it to raise significant funds for MMA, with nearly 250 people in attendance."

Due to increased attendance, in 2016 the event was moved to the Chase Park Plaza Hotel's Khorassan Ballroom.

The second annual Maroon & Gold Cadet Fundraising Challenge began February 14 and ended on March 1. Gift card drawings were held each day at noon mess while team meetings were held each evening in the Canteen. The Corps was split into four teams and competed for a team trip to Worlds of Fun and raffle tickets for the Maroon & Gold event – co-captains juniors Carlos Liriano and Joseph Mulvey ultimately led Team Four to victory.

By noon mess on day two, the Corps had already raised $4,125. By day twelve, cadets were up to $17,770, eventually climbing to a final total of $20,420.

Eighth grader Cyrus Cornelius and juniors Nolan Kilpatrick and Carlos Liriano received $1,000 Amazon gift cards at noon mess March 1 for their participation in the Maroon & Gold Cadet Fundraising Challenge. 

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