One Tribe One Day is Two Days Away!!!

March 28th and the One Tribe One Day Fundraiser are only 2 days away.  Mark your calendars now!!! This fundraiser is all about participation and our goal is to have 175 people donate at least $5 on this day to demonstrate the importance of the rowing team to the WM community.  Bookmark this page for March 28th!  Instructions and more information on donating are below!

Click here for details on donating: How to Donate to One Tribe One Day

Click here for details on the fundraising campaign: One Tribe One Day Explanation


Save the Date – 2017 FWR Annual Meeting

FWR will be holding its annual meeting at 4:00pm on Saturday, April 1, 2017. The meeting will be held in Northern Virginia at the Lorton Library. The location is conveniently located approximately 7 miles or 17 minutes away from Sandy Run Regional Park, where the Tribe will be racing in the Occoquan Sprints Regatta on Sunday, April 2, 2017.

Lorton Library
9520 Richmond Highway
Lorton, VA 22079-2124

We will provide additional information, including the agenda, conference call number and more as the meeting gets closer. We are looking forward to recapping 2016 and planning for the future in a few weeks!

WMRC’s Newest 8+, the “Lucky Liesl ‘09”

Thanks to WMRC and FWR’s many alumni, parents and friends, we are fortunate enough to have purchased a brand new King 8+, the “Lucky Liesl ‘09”! The Lucky Liesl will take to the water for her first race on April 2, 2017 during the Occoquan Sprints.

The Lucky Liesl ’09 being unwrapped in the Tack Family Boathouse for the first time.

Funds for a down-payment on the new boat were raised through the recent WMRC 50/50 Campaign and both the boat and the seats in it are being named after some of the supporters who made this possible. The Lucky Liesl ’09 is being named for Liesl Voges, a WMRC coxswain who graduated in 2009 and has been an amazingly supportive alumna ever since. We are excited to recognize Liesl by naming the new boat after her and look forward to all the medals that the Lucky Liesl ’09 will bring home for WMRC!

The Voges family, pictured above, were generous supporters of the 2016 WMRC 50/50 Campaign and surprised Liesl with boat naming rights for her 30th birthday.

Name of the new King 8+ – Lucky Liesl ’09
Seat Names
Cox – Jenn Hatch ’09
8 – Mark Miller ’08
7 – JT Blau ’08
6 – Victoria Dyer Malyovanny ’04
5 – Matt Fiordaliso ’04
4 – Jessica Beckett ’15
3 – Marshall Irby ’15
2 – Katie Oberg ’16
1 – Emma Cleary ’16

We wish there were more seats to acknowledge and celebrate all of our donors, but fortunately the full list of donors can be found at our WMRC 50/50 Campaign page. Check out the list for yourself and give each donor a personal ‘thank you’ the next time you see them!

Donations to Tribe Rowing through the College

As some of our friends and supporters are aware, donations to support Tribe Rowing can be made through the College of William & Mary’s Development Office as well as through FWR. Donations through the College make their way to the team’s Development Account, which can be used to support major initiatives of the team. For example, donors had contributed thousands of dollars to the team’s Development Account prior to 2017 and these funds were waiting for a mission. WMRC decided to use $3,700 of the Development Account balance to purchase the riggers for the new King 8+! These funds, together with the donations to the WMRC 50/50 Campaign sponsored by FWR, helped make this new 8+ a reality. We’ve had the opportunity to thank all of the donors we know from the 50/50 Campaign, but we haven’t had the chance to reach out to the unnamed donors to the team’s Development Account over the years. So here goes – thank you all for your support. We couldn’t have done it without you!

For those of you who aren’t familiar with how to make donations through the College, here are a few facts about this donation option that might help you determine if this is a good choice for you.

  • You can easily donate through the College online at Decide an amount to give and then scroll down to choose a fund to support. Search for a fund by keyword or code and search “Rowing Club (2528)”.
  • Donations made through the College and designated for the Rowing Club provide benefits such as recognition from the College (e.g. the Bell Society or the James Blair Society), counting towards your class gift, and more.
  • Donations made through the College are more difficult for the team (and FWR for that matter) to monitor and track. The Development Office sends thank you cards, donation receipts, etc. and does not communicate donor information directly to the team. Therefore, you may not hear directly from FWR or team members about your donation, but rest assured, the Development Office has allocated your money for the team’s future use!
  • Development Account funds carry over from year-to-year and there is no risk of “losing” the money.
  • Funds in the team’s Development Account do have a few more restrictions around how the money can be used. For example, the funds couldn’t be used to by new unis or racing t-shirts for the spring season. Therefore, these funds are best suited for equipment purchases like the new 8+. In contrast, donations to FWR are can be used for nearly anything that supports Tribe Rowing.

FWR’s goal is to support Tribe Rowing in every way possible, therefore we think donating through College is a fantastic use of your hard-earned money, just like donations made directly to FWR. So, if donating through the College sounds like the right fit for you – go for it! And Go Tribe Rowing!

Please note that FWR is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit and is not directly affiliated with the College. We simply share a lot of the same goals as the College! The information here is what we have learned from our own experience as alumni and donors as well as from independent research into the College’s donation process. The College has not reviewed or approved this information. If you have any specific questions on donating to Tribe Rowing through the College, please reach out to the Office of University Advancement using their contact form at

Support Tribe Rowing on One Tribe One Day!

On March 28, the global Tribe family will assemble once again for one of the most powerful days on the William & Mary calendar: One Tribe One Day. Each year, alumni, parents, students and friends share their love of William & Mary by making gifts, posting, tweeting and attending events. One Tribe One Day is all about participation – this year, William & Mary is aiming to have 11,000 people give back to the university in a single 24-hour period!

The best part about One Tribe One Day is that it is an opportunity for each member of the William & Mary community to support the area that they are most passionate about. For the William & Mary Rowing Club and the Friends of Williamsburg Rowing, we are the most passionate about Tribe Rowing!

We are reaching out to current rowers, parents, alumni and friends to support Tribe Rowing on One Tribe One Day and demonstrate to the College how deep the support for Tribe Rowing runs. Our goal is to represent approximately 1.5% of the participants in One Tribe One Day, which is 165 donors based upon the College’s overall goal of 11,000. We believe that this will be one of the best participation rates of any of William & Mary’s 44 Sport Clubs. Please take a moment on March 28, 2017 to show your support by donating to the “Rowing Club (2528)” through the One Tribe One Day website. Remember, this is all about participation – so whether your donation is $5 or $500, you are making a huge impact on Tribe Rowing.

Donations to Tribe Rowing through One Tribe One Day will all go into the team’s Development Account which can be used to purchase equipment and support the long-term needs of Tribe Rowing. Most recently, the team used $3,700 from the Development Account to purchase the riggers for the brand new King 8+, the “Lucky Liesl ’09.” This boat represents a radical improvement in the quality of the team’s fleet and our rowers can’t wait to fly down the course during the Lucky Liesl’s debut race at the Occoquan on April 2, 2017

We hope to be a part of the biggest and most exciting One Tribe One Day yet, so get engaged on social media with the hashtags #onetribeoneday and #triberowing to show your support and see who is donating. Anyone can donate, so be sure to encourage your friends, family, and co-workers to join the campaign.   Thanks again and “Go Tribe!”

Download Detailed Instructions To Donate to Tribe Rowing: Here

 Remember to donate on March 28th!!!

2016 WMRC 50/50 Campaign Recap

FWR and WMRC recently concluded the 2016 WMRC 50/50 Campaign with great success. We launched the Campaign in November 2016 with the goal to raise $20,000 and ultimately raised $20,049! The “50/50” refers to how we are using the funds raised from the Campaign. 50% of the funds were used to make a $13,300 down payment on the new King 8+ that was purchased last month and will have its debut race on April 2, 2017. The remaining 50% of the funds were invested into the WMRC Endowment Fund for the long-term support of WMRC.

Donors to the Campaign include the following alumni, rowers, parents and friends. We cannot thank you enough for your support.

  • Geri Nicholson ’91
  • Travis Moore ’06
  • William Kelly
  • Lucy Hollander
  • Mark & Nancy McManus
  • Karin Soobert
  • Anonymous “Program Director”
  • Kelly and Cindy Crace
  • JT Blau ’08
  • Sarah King ’09
  • Barb & Les Biesecker
  • Anonymous “Campaign Leader”
  • Anonymous “Participant”
  • Multiple PwC Employees
  • PwC Corporate Matching
  • Adobe Corporate Matching
  • AIG Corporate Matching
  • Kent Voges
  • Leslie Voges
  • Noelle Voges
  • Madeline Voges
  • Liesl Voges ’09
  • Sean Koebley ’08
  • Sarah Hazard
  • Victoria (Dyer) Malyovanny ’04
  • Suly Salazar
  • Pamela Watts
  • John & Iris White
  • Emma Cleary ’16
  • Chris Bennett ’10
  • Karen (Diehl) Yurish ’96
  • Anonymous “Varsity Oarsman”
  • Anonymous “Participant”
  • Verizon Corporate Matching

As you can tell from the list above, we had particular success with corporate matching gifts during the Campaign, with employers such as AIG, Verizon, Adobe and PwC matching the donations of their employees. These corporate matches ultimately contributed over $3,500 towards this Campaign which significantly multiplied the impact of our supporters donations. If you would like more information around corporate matching gifts, speak to your company’s human resources department to see if that is something that your employer offers. If so, please reach out to Travis Moore at [email protected] and we would be happy to coordinate the match with you!

We will be holding a boat dedication and naming ceremony on April 2, 2017 to commemorate the first race of the new King 8+. The race and ceremony will be held after the Occoquan Sprints Regatta at Sandy Run Regional Park in Fairfax Station, VA. Races will be held from 10:00am – 2:30pm with the dedication occurring shortly after the final race of the day. The name of the boat as well as the seat names will be released next week as we get closer to the big day. Stay tuned for more information!

Location of the Occoquan Sprints
Sandy Run Regional Park
10450 Van Thompson Rd
Fairfax Station, VA 22039

It’s Time To Join FWR’s Bracket Challenge!!!

The need-to-knows:

What: Annual FWR bracket challenge.  First and second place win WMRC gear (valued at $75)

When: NOW! But definitely before March 16 at noon!

How: Follow the link to the website, pay through paypal, and you will be redirected to Yahoo!

Who: Everyone! All proceeds will go to the general fund and will help fund our boat naming ceremony!

For more information and questions, email [email protected]

2017 NCAA Tournament Bracket Challenge

It that time of year again! Time for Cinderella stories, bragging rights and the NCAA tournament.

FWR is hosting its annual NCAA Basketball Bracket Challenge Fundraiser!  This year, we are using Yahoo! Fantasy Sport’s Tourney Pick ‘Em. First and second place will receive WMRC apparel and bragging rights for the entire year!

The entry fee is $10 and is open to anyone.  If we have enough participation this year, we will use the proceeds to help fund a boat-naming banquet for WMRC’s new King 8+ prior to the Occoquan this year. So please consider inviting everyone you know to enter!!!

To register, simply use the button below to make your payment securely online.  After confirming payment from paypal, you will be redirected to a page with instructions on how to fill out your bracket through Yahoo! Sports (Yahoo!, Facebook or Gmail account required).  All entries must be received by March 16th at noon.

For more information and questions, email [email protected]

Thank You 2016 Donors!

Thanks to all of our donors during 2016. You have all been incredibly supportive and are each instrumental to the continued success of WMRC and FWR. The WMRC 50/50 Campaign was particularly successful and we achieved 93% of our $20,000 goal! More information on the conclusion of the 50/50 Campaign, including the purchase of the new King 8+ will be coming soon!

Donation receipts for 2016 have been sent to each donor. For one-time donors, most of these donation receipts were sent during the year, but donors who made more frequent donations, including our monthly subscribers, received their receipts during January 2017. If you don’t believe you received your receipt or need a replacement, email [email protected] FWR is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, IRS Tax ID number 54-1744679.

Year-end Endowment Update – 2016

2016 was a good year for the WMRC Endowment! Thanks to our generous donors throughout the year and in particular, the donors that contributed to the 50/50 campaign, we received over $7,500 in endowment donations! That plus a 9.5% return on our investments during 2016 helped put us at approximately $21,500 at year-end! However, this is still $3,500 short of our $25,000 goal as part of the 50/50 campaign, so if you have been meaning to make your 50/50 campaign donation, it isn’t too late. Just visit our 50/50 campaign page and donate today.

Ultimately, we expect the WMRC Endowment will be able to distribute 5% annually to support WMRC. Based on our current balance, the Endowment would distribute approximately $1,075 per year. That could buy us a new model D erg, two new cox boxes, or three new concept II oars, just to name a few options!