2016 Update II

March Madness 2016 Update II

March 28, 2016 “Paint the Sky ORANGE”

Villanova vs. Oklahoma Syracuse vs. North Carolina

in the Final Four

The Stones play to a half million people in Cuba. Guns and Roses will be coming

to a town near you. Long live Rock! Nostalgia is back. Syracuse continues its unlikely run to the NCAA tournament final with an amazing comeback in the second half to upset the #1 seeded Cavaliers of Virginia 68-62. Down 14 points at the half, and with Virginia in rhythm, the Orangeman put on a full court press for the ages, taking the Cavs out of their game, and after a 25-4 run, it was the unlikely 10th seeded team from New York State, who punched their ticket to Houston. Malachi Richardson scored 21 points in the second half and Virginia could not recover. Three #1 seeds have fallen. In the later game, North Carolina cruised past Notre Dame, after a much more competetive first half. Rebounds and easy shots. Ho hum. On Easter Sunday, the karma of the blessed day was not to be for the lucky leprechaun.

In earlier action Saturday night, Oklahoma took out Oregon 80-68, in a game that wasnʼt close. Best player in the land, Buddy Heild, scored 37 points on the assistance of 8 3-point shots. The Sooners advance to the final four for the first time in 16 years. Pac-12ʼs lone hope went by the wayside. Good luck with those high seeds and extra spots next
year. Probably not going to happen. In a much closer and more exciting game, 
Villanova took down Kansas, 64-59. So sorry to our Kansas faithful and March Madness pool supporters. Itʼs just that hard to win it all. With all this in mind, the tournament leader board is now effectively shaken, yet Kansas City may likely be home to this yearʼs champion!!

Charity Update

Currently 104 people have contributed extra cash to our March Madness Endowment Fund as well as our other named charities this year, Mended Little HeartsHelping Hands Educational Fund, Castle Band, and Mattingly Charities this year. Check out the intro letter on the website for more information regarding these charities. See also the website for history of charitable giving. www.garygurtcheff.com
As many of our troops were off on spring break, and there are donations on the way, I will recognize all of our donors on the final update. Thanks to all who have contributed. If you wish to make any further charitable donations to your fund, you can do so directly by going to the following website: www.warrickcommunityfoundation.org
Click the button DONATE NOW. Use the drop down menu to select the March Madness Endowment. Any donations on or before this Thursday, March 31st, are eligible for an extra 50% match, thanks to the Eli Lilly Foundation, a huge supporter of community foundations in our great state of Indiana.

Tournament Recap

The numbers to date are unofficial, Currently 470 entries were submitted. A near tournament record and similar to last year! We finalize things by paid entrees, and a little generosity on the behalf of your committee, but if you in arrears, please forward your entry donations at once.

Congratulations to Gary Gurtcheff, our loser of record. And your fabulous webmaster. 4% goes your way.

Several of you still in the hunt for a top ten prize. Check out the “What If” scenarios on the website (www.garygurtcheff.com) to see the possibilities.

In Other News

Special thanks to Mike Head and our good friends at First Federal Savings Bank, for hosting and saluting our charitable achievements over the years, on our 20th anniversary with a festive event last week. Great to wear jeans, and thanks for the extra donation to the March Madness Endowment Fund.

Current Leader Board after Round 4

1st Tima Leonard (She wears the Orange dress. Power move on behalf of the Cuse) 2nd Jeffrey Huelson (It was nice to lead the pack, see your name in lights, yes? Adios) 3rd Kurt Tillman (Maybe it could have been different for you. Optical illusion here)
Chris Jesop (Former leader of the pack is out of gas. Canʼt run on auto pilot)

5th John Wahnseidler (Great play. Where were your friends? Football is over) Maddie McDaniel (Trust fund awaits. Closet past champion behind this scheme)

7th Joel Bowers (Bonafide chance to win it all. Delta Man from Carmel land)
Chris McConnell (Same place this time last year as MOM. Are your serious?)

Jonah Coleman (Youth rules in the house of Trace and friends. Best bet now) Rick Wepsic (Our hearts are with you. Hold on to your money.Top ten winner?)

Bridesmaid Tom Berkley (Show me the money. Nothing left in the bank. Brakes failed)

“True nobility is exempt from fear.”

- Marcus Tullius Cicero 

© Gary M. Gurtcheff 2013