Challenges.

TCU Gives Day Challenges


Thank you to the generous alumni who challenged the TCU community to give back on TCU Gives Day.

1,000 Gifts Challenge


Ed Nelson III ‘93 and Laura Nelson ‘95 have generously agreed to give $10,000 to the Clark Society Endowed Scholarship if TCU reaches 1,000 donors on TCU Gives Day.

Ed and Laura met at TCU. Laura graduated cum laude with a B.S. in psychology. She was a member of Psi Chi psychology honor society and Kappa Kappa Gamma. Ed graduated magna cum laude and was inducted into The Phi Beta Kappa Society. Among his leadership positions, he was an elected representative of TCU’s Honors Cabinet and a faculty appointee to TCU’s Academic Appeals Committee. Ed published his honors thesis in the field of economics and enjoyed creative writing acclaim with top awards in the Southwest Literature and Lorraine Shirley portfolio competitions.

After graduation, Laura received her master’s degree in clinical psychology from Stephen F. Austin. She practiced in a clinical environment at MHMR of Tarrant County and Catholic Charities. Since leaving her career, she has been deeply involved at Fort Worth Country Day. Ed received his J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law. He is co-founder of Nelson Bumgardner, a boutique law firm specializing in patent and complex business litigation. He currently serves TCU as a member of the Clark Society Board and as chair of its Scholarship Committee. Ed and Laura live in Fort Worth with their three children.

Young Alumni Challenge


If 150 young alumni (Classes 2007-2016) make a gift of any size to any area of TCU before 6 p.m., our challenge donor, Peter Fitzpatrick ‘12, will contribute an additional $1,500 to TCU scholarships.

Peter graduated from the Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences in 2012 with his BS in nursing. As an undergraduate student, he was a member of Delta Tau Delta, Catholic Community, Young Republicans and the Entrepreneurship Club. After graduation, Peter worked at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in the trauma ICU for three years before attending Texas Wesleyan University to pursue his Master of Science in nurse anesthesia. Peter is currently completing his residency in Shreveport, Louisiana, at LSU Medical Center. He serves TCU as a member of the Clark Society Board and an advisor for Delta Tau Delta.

Increase your Impact Challenge, 6:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.


Make a gift during this time and we’ll add an additional $1,000 to a randomly select gift, thanks to our challenge donor, Joe Brown ‘08, with HF Custom Solutions.

Joe graduated cum laude from the Neeley School of Business in 2008 with his BBA in entrepreneurial management and marketing. As an undergraduate student, he threw the javelin on the track and field team, played football for the Frogs, was a resident assistant and a Frog Camp facilitator, and participated in the BNSF Next Generation Leadership Program and the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity. After graduation, Joe started HF Custom Solutions, a promotional items company. His company helps organizations all over campus with uniforms and other branded materials used for giveaways, conferences and award ceremonies. HF Custom Solutions has worked with TCU on merchandise for the Peach and Alamo bowls, and College World Series appearances. They also work with companies such as Pacifico, Corona, Modelo, Martin Sprocket, AZZ, Firestone and Robertson Distilling Co., and Wild Acre Brewing.

Joe lives in Fort Worth, where he also serves as president of the Fort Worth Young Alumni Chapter, and on the Frog Club Membership Committee and the AddRan College Board of Visitors. He loves to travel with his TCU flag and has been to four different continents since April, including a visit to Mount Everest basecamp (shown here).

Increase your Impact Challenge, 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.


Make a gift during this time and we’ll add an additional $1,000 to a randomly select gift, thanks to our challenge donors, Casey Patterson ’01, ’03, and Amy Patterson ‘01, ‘10.

Casey and Amy met at TCU, where he received B.S. degrees in geology and physics and she received her B.S. in environmental earth resources. As undergraduate students, Casey and Amy studied abroad in Scotland and Amy was a member of the women’s volleyball team. Both earned M.S. degrees in geology from TCU and work in the oil and gas industry. Amy is a geologist at Jetta Operating Company, Inc., and has served TCU as a member of Lettermen’s Association and Clark Society boards. Casey is CEO and president of Terrace Energy and a member of the Energy Institute Advisory Committee. Casey and Amy live in Fort Worth with their son.

I love TCU and am blessed to be able to support the school I love.


Meredith Cheairs ’00

Clark Society member



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