The National Wrestling Hall of Fame will hold its first-ever Day of Giving on October 28.
The 24-hour “Day of Giving: Help Your Hall” fundraising event invites supporters around the world to work together to ensure that the Hall of Fame can fulfill its mission to preserve the history of wrestling, recognize excellence, and inspire future generations.
Donations will be accepted at http://bit.ly/NWHOFDayofGiving. Donations can be made by telephone from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at (405) 377-5243.
“Day of Giving: Help Your Hall” Frequently Asked Questions
Day of Giving: Help Your Hall begins at midnight Central Time on October 28 and concludes at 11:59 p.m.
.@NWHOF Executive Director Lee Roy Smith talks about “Day of Giving: Help Your Hall,” scheduled for Oct 28
24-hour fundraiser invites wrestling family to ensure Hall of Fame can fulfill its mission
— NWHOF (@NWHOF) October 19, 2020
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hall of Fame has experienced a $200,000 shortfall in its operating budget after being forced to close its museums in Stillwater, Oklahoma, and Waterloo, Iowa, and postpone Honors Weekend, Dan Gable Museum events and 24 State Chapter induction ceremonies.
Despite making significant cuts to its operating budget, the financial predicament remains substantial and the Day of Giving: Help Your Hall event comes at a critical time.
“We are in the midst of perhaps the greatest challenge of our time and hope that our supporters are able to help us get off the mat by making donations and helping us spread the word about our Day of Giving: Help Your Hall,” said Lee Roy Smith, Executive Director. “We are confident that our wrestling family will step up and help us continue to perform the vital work necessary to showcase our sport’s benefits and values to those inside and outside the wrestling community.”
Day of Giving: Help Your Hall is a digital and social-media driven campaign and more information will be shared on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Please consider following the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum: NWHOF and NWHOFDGM on Facebook, NWHOF and wrestlingmuseum on Twitter and nationalwrestlinghof and dangablewrestlingmuseum on Instagram.
The Hall of Fame is also encouraging its honorees and its supporters to share and advocate for “Day of Giving: Help Your Hall” on their social media platforms.
National Wrestling Hall of Fame & Museum
America’s shrine to the sport of wrestling, the National Wrestling Hall of Fame & Museum was founded as a nonprofit organization in 1976 to honor the sport of wrestling, preserve its history, recognize extraordinary individual achievements, and inspire future generations. The National Wrestling Hall of Fame has museums in Stillwater, Oklahoma, and Waterloo, Iowa. The Stillwater, Oklahoma, location reopened in June 2016 following a $3.8 million renovation while the Waterloo, Iowa, location reopened in March 2019 after undergoing a $1.4 million renovation. Both museums now feature interactive exhibits and electronic kiosks, as well as the opportunity to watch NCAA Championship matches from the 1930s to present day. Stillwater also has the John T. Vaughan Hall of Honors where the greatest names in wrestling are recognized, including iconic granite plaques presented to Distinguished Members since the Hall of Fame opened in 1976. The museum has the largest collection of wrestling artifacts and memorabilia in the world, including the most collegiate and Olympic wrestling uniforms. Wrestling truly is for everyone and the diversity and accessibility of the sport continues to be highlighted through exhibits featuring females, African-Americans, Asian Americans, Native Americans, and Latino Americans. There is also a library featuring historical documents, including NCAA guides and results, as well as books on the sport.
For more information about the Hall of Fame, please visit www.NWHOF.org.