Premium parking is one of the most sought-after benefits for donors, especially at those schools with strong football and basketball programs. At many universities, donors must reach the highest of levels to get a parking pass close to the event. At Wake Forest, the athletics department has taken this to the next level by incorporating special tailgating privileges into their plan.
The Deacon Club, which has nine different benefit/donation levels, distributes some of their benefits based on a priority point system, much like other universities. One of these benefits is the option to rent out the “Deacon RV,” a customized RV that is used during home football games as the ultimate tailgating vehicle.
Among others, some of the features of the Deacon RV are satellite television, green space, and indoor/outdoor seating. Throw in full service catering, and Deacon Club donors can have a truly first-class tailgating experience without any of the set-up and tear-down hassle. The opportunity to reserve the RV is based on Deacon Club priority points, and costs donors approximately $3,000 for the game (depending on extras).
This unique benefit is one that caters to the high-level donors, but is still an excellent (and very public) way to recognize the people that give the most to the Deacon Club.