Through the generosity of our loyal Gridiron Club members we have been extremely fortunate in pledging nearly $500,000 of funds to support the Boston College Football Program. Membership fees and all contributions made to the Gridiron Club, whether $5 or $50 help our efforts in supporting the Boston College Football Program. These fees and contributions, along with our Gridiron Club Dinners, raffle tickets and our Away Game Bashes form the core of our giving and allow the Club to be active in the support of these student-athletes.
Our most recent pledge of $100,000 in 2012 is helping to improve the football facilities for our fans and athletes. The new brick stadium façade and the new artificial turf are two of the more notable improvements that are utilizing these funds.
In 2008 the Boston College Gridiron Club initiated the O'Rouke-McFadden Trophy "The Leather Helmet Award" in recognition of the efforts of the Clemson fans to welcome BC into the ACC. The trophy honors the rich football tradition of both schools as well as the legacy of a great player from each school who played in the leather helmet era. Each year, in addition to the winning team capturing the trophy, the game MVP is awarded a genuine leather helmet from the 1940's era to commemorate the occasion.
The Boston College Gridiron Club in 2006 established the Gridiron Club Football Scholarship. This $150,000 gift will endow in perpetuity an athletic scholarship; income from this endowment will support a student-athlete participating in the football program that embodies the Club's ideals of being a scholar, an athlete, and a gentleman. 2012 football captain and our offensive tackle Emmett Cleary was the most recent Gridiron Club football scholarship recipient.
Additionally, in 2006 and in celebration of the team's 50th season in Alumni Stadium, the Boston College Gridiron Club was proud to fund the Gridiron Club Eagle adjacent to the team's locker room. It is a 37 inch high cast bronze sculpture with a 30 inch wingspan inside Gate E, adjacent to the BC locker room. On the "Tradition Mural" behind the Gridiron Club Eagle the inscription reads, "By touching this Eagle, you remember those who came before you and promise to set an example for those to come." At each home game, as the team emerges from the locker room, each member will touch the eagle in honor of all the student-athletes, coaches and fans who have played a role in establishing BC's proud football tradition. The Gridiron Club Eagle was unveiled on September 9th at the 2006 home opener against Clemson, a thrilling 34-33 double overtime victory was had by the Eagles in one of the most exhilarating games in recent memory.
In 2004, the Gridiron Club pledged $100,000 to the Yawkey Athletics Center in memory of Darren Douglas Gallup who died tragically in 2003. Darren was a three sport athlete at The Belmont Hill School and was the son of Barry Gallup, Assistant Athletic Director of Football Operations and a BC Hall of Fame football and basketball player. This five year commitment was fully funded in eighteen months through the outstanding effort of Gridiron Club members and has created a lasting legacy at Boston College to celebrate Darren's life and his family's contributions to Boston College. The Gridiron Club will continue to raise funds in the future for the football program in the name of Darren Douglas Gallup and the Gallup Family.