Guy and Lucy Moore of Pascagoula, Mississippi, believe their financial commitment to Ole Miss Athletics will help the Rebels compete in the Southeastern Conference and ultimately at the national level.
The Moores, who are members of the Vaught Society — an honorary designation for those who make annual gifts to Athletics of at least $5,000 or more — renewed their commitment to the Forward Together campaign in support of Ole Miss Athletics with a $125,000 gift.
“It’s important for our teams to be competitive and to do so, especially in the SEC, requires commitment, including financial support, to provide the necessary infrastructure and facilities to go along with the dedication and talent of the student athletes, coaches and staff,” said Guy Moore, a 1972 University of Mississippi accountancy graduate.
“Gifts to the Forward Together campaign through membership in the Vaught Society are one way to show that commitment and support, and we are pleased to continue our involvement.”
The $200 million Forward Together campaign is the largest and most ambitious fundraising initiative in Ole Miss Athletics history. Today’s total of $186 million is the result of philanthropic giving and donations related to priority seating. Over 400 commitments from Vaught Society members are directed toward the Forward Together campaign.
“The university has a rich history of exciting and successful athletic programs,” said Moore, a member of the UM Foundation board of directors. “We believe that athletics programs are an integral part of the experience of students, alumni and friends, and are important in binding us together in our connection with Ole Miss.”
Thanks to financial commitments made by Vaught Society members like the Moores, multiple projects have either been completed or are underway, including the Pavilion at Ole Miss, Olivia and Archie Manning Athletics Performance Center, Vaught-Hemingway Stadium , Gillom Athletics Performance Center, Ole Miss Track and Field Complex, football practice fields, Ole Miss Golf Course, William F. Galtney Indoor Tennis Center and the Baseball Performance Center.
“Ole Miss has amazing venues for its sports teams, and they are never more amazing and wonderful than when they are filled with fans wearing red and blue,” Lucy Moore said.
Athletics Director Keith Carter shared his gratitude for the Moores’ gift.
“Ongoing commitments from loyal Rebel fans like Guy and Lucy are really the fuel that sustains both our programs and propels our student-athletes toward excellence in their sports and in the classroom,” Carter said.
The Moores also have a history of support for academics at the university. Most recently, the couple established an endowment that provides tuition support for students transferring from community college into the Patterson School of Accountancy.
Additionally, the Moores have included the university in their estate plans, naming UM a beneficiary of two trusts that will support all of their existing endowments.
“In appreciation of how I was able to attend a community college and transfer to Ole Miss, which made it financially viable for me to attend and graduate from the university, we want to help students in similar circumstances,” Moore said. “We hope that the endowed scholarship will contribute to those students graduating from the Patterson School of Accountancy and going on to successful careers in whatever form they may choose.”
Moore retired from Deloitte LLP and Deloitte & Touche LLP in 2012 after 40 years, including 30 as an active partner. He worked in numerous Deloitte locations, including New Orleans, Louisiana; Atlanta, Georgia; Boca Raton, Florida; and the company’s national headquarters in Connecticut.
“We are deeply grateful to Guy and Lucy Moore for their longtime interest in and support of the Patterson School,” said Dean Mark Wilder. “Guy has enjoyed an exceptional career and we are proud to have him as an alumnus and also as a member of the Patterson School Hall of Fame.
“Many students transferring from community colleges face financial challenges. The Moores’ gift will be especially beneficial to these students and will enable them to receive an accountancy education that will serve them well throughout their lives,” Wilder said. “Guy and Lucy are wonderful friends of the Ole Miss Accountancy School and we appreciate them very much.”
Guy Moore was named to the Patterson School of Accountancy Hall of Fame in 2013. While at Ole Miss, he was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity, Omicron Delta Kappa honor society and the Beta Alpha Psi accountancy fraternity.
For more information about the Forward Together campaign, visit http://givetoathletics.com or contact Fowler Staines, chief executive officer and chief financial officer of the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation, at 662-915-1143 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Bill Dabney