Why Did Roger Back The Blue & Gold Week Challenge?
Roger Tomalas '69, the chair of the UCLA Fund, is a loyal Bruin and a long-time donor. He started supporting UCLA in 1974, while he was still a recent graduate, and has deepened his involvement with UCLA ever since. Roger has chosen to support Chancellor's Greatest Needs and the UCLA Library.As the chair of the UCLA Fund, why do you think it’s important for alumni, parents, students and friends to give back to our university?
UCLA needs the support of everyone in the Bruin family so that UCLA can maintain and expand upon its reputation as one of the finest universities in the world. UCLA deserves our support because of all the wonderful things it did for all of us -- including alumni, parents, students and friends. UCLA touches us on a daily basis, both directly and indirectly because UCLA is a vibrant and essential part of our community. Why did you offer a commitment of $50,000 to UCLA?
I made the commitment in an effort to motivate people to start the process of donating on a regular basis. It will make you feel good about what you are doing for our university, just like it has made me feel good doing it for many years. What can smaller gifts do to support UCLA?
Smaller gifts are essential because they are the beginning of what I hope will become annual gifts that can grow over the years. They also demonstrate how the number of alums, parents, students and friends continue to multiply as we approach our 100th birthday and the Centennial Campaign.