Most of the services of the Buggy Alumni Association are available to everyone in the Buggy and CMU community. We want the hard work we have done collecting, organizing, and sharing the past and present of Buggy to be enjoyed by all. We also want everyone to benefit from stronger, broader participation in today’s Buggy races. By becoming a member, you can support these goals and let us and the school know you agree that buggy is the best and should be supported. We are extremely grateful to all of our members and hope you’ll become one today!
To become an official member of the Buggy Alumni Association for the year, all you have to do is give a gift at one of the levels below. All gifts are tax-deductible (except where noted below if receiving a gift) and funds go directly to the CMU Buggy Alumni Association or the Buggy Endowed Fund, as applicable.
Being a member of the Buggy Alumni Association is an annual commitment, and our “year” matches the CMU school year. All gifts received between July 1 and June 30 make you a member of the BAA team for that race-year. For example, gifts received July 2021-June 2022 make you a member of the 2022 team.
In connection with Buggy100, we are offering special membership options for anyone who wants to support the centennial activities or the future of Sweepstakes. We are also proud to announce the formation of a Buggy Endowed Fund! The BAA, University Advancement, the Office of Alumni Relations, and others have worked to set up an Endowed Fund specifically to support Sweepstakes in perpetuity, administered jointly by the BAA and CMU. Yields from the Endowed Fund will be awarded by a board of BAA officers, CMU staff, and current Sweepstakes officers each year to support the continued success and growth of Sweepstakes.
Regardless of which Membership Level you donate at, if you donate at least $50, we will list you (or your designee) in a “Special Thanks” section of our site and in the Raceday Preview.
Limo (Bronze) Membership – $10+
This is the standard membership and is unchanged from the past:
You’ll receive the Raceday Preview and other BAA publications and have access to BAA-only events!
Quantum Leap (Silver) Membership – $100+
At this level, you’ll receive everything at the Limo level, PLUS you’ll receive a limited edition Buggy100 T-Shirt! Note that we will need two weeks’ lead time to order shirts.
Golden Goose (Gold) Lifetime Membership – $1,000+
At this level, you’ll receive two copies of everything at the Quantum Leap level, PLUS you’ll receive LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP to the BAA. Note that donations at this level will contribute to the Buggy Endowed Fund.
- Support our mission: The most important reason to become a member is that the BAA cannot operate without a budget. Most of our services are volunteer backed and low-cost. When we do spend money, we try to ensure we get the most bang for our buck. For example, we paid 50% of the cost of renting a new timing system in 2010 so that Sweepstakes could test it out for a full month before races and ensure it would be the revolutionary improvement we expected. Ongoing rental of the timing system fits within Sweepstake’s annual budget. More info about our goals and our activities can be found in the About Us section.
- Special communications: We contact our members directly a couple of times per year with in-depth updates on the buggy world. No more coming back for carnival and wondering who is good these days or what big drama is unfolding. Check out the 2017 Raceday Preview – you’re going to want one of these in your inbox.
- Members-only specials: We’re constantly trying to think of ways to entertain and help out our members. You’ll be first in line for prizes, discounts, and anything else can put together.
Below is a list of current members for Raceday 2020/2021/2022, as well as their associated levels:
For gifts to either the Buggy Alumni Association account or the Buggy Endowed account in excess of $100, the donor will receive a commemorative Buggy 100 t-shirt. The fair market value of this will be $15 and thus their legal gift credit is $15 less than their total gift amount.
For gifts to either the Buggy Alumni Association account or the Buggy Endowed account in excess of $1000, the donor will receive two commemorative Buggy 100 t-shirts. The fair market value of this will be $30 and thus their legal gift credit is $30 less than their total gift amount.