At the Lobo Club’s annual “Howl of a Good Time” Auction held recently, New Mexico Educators Federal Credit Union and RayLee Homes each purchased a bronze Lobo for $20,000. The total net proceeds of $35,000 went to the Lobo Scholarship Fund, which directly benefits 320 UNM scholarship student-athletes across all 21 teams. These Lobos will be the first and only statues placed outside of The Pit, in the northeast corner. They will be installed by the first basketball game of the 2013-14 season.
“We can’t thank New Mexico Educators Federal Credit Union and RayLee Homes enough for their generosity,” said Lobo Club Executive Director Lee De Leon. “We are thrilled to have two great companies with impeccable reputations as the owners of these bronze Lobos that will be on display for all UNM fans to see.”
These two bronze Lobos are part of an initiative called the “Lobo Spirit Program” driven by UNM President Robert G. Frank to display Lobo pride throughout campus and the community of Albuquerque. Alumni and fans can purchase their own bronze Lobo to proudly display at their home or business for $5,000 through the UNM Foundation.
New Mexico Educators Federal Credit Union is the largest not-for-profit credit union in the state of New Mexico. They have over 135,000 members and have 16 offices in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Los Lunas, Santa Fe, Taos and Socorro. Terry Laudick, President and CEO of NMEFCU, said, “We are committed to supporting the University of New Mexico and giving back to the communities where our members live and work. We felt this was a great way to make an impact on the lives of Lobo student-athletes.”
RayLee Homes is a family-run, home construction business owned by Lobo Football Letterman Scott Grady, his wife Laura, and their children. They have been building homes in New Mexico since 1976. “We are very excited to have a bronze Lobo outside of The Pit to demonstrate our love for UNM and our passion for Lobo Athletics,” said Grady.
With the help of these two landmark contributions, the Lobo Club had their highest grossing auction of all time, raising more than $180,000 for UNM Athletics.