Seminole Boosters, Inc. and the Florida State University Athletics Department have received a $1 million leadership commitment from Gary & Cumi Walsingham of Panama City, Fla., in support of Seminole Football and the Renaissance Campaign. The Renaissance Campaign is a focused effort to receive gifts in support of a championship future for the football program.
The Walsinghams, along with their children, Mike and Sherri, and daughter-in-law, Pam, have been key donors and supporters of FSU athletics for decades. Gary, a 1966 graduate, is a past Chairman of the Board of Directors for Seminole Boosters, having served in 2000. Mike is also a past member of the Board of Directors. The Walsingham family has a long connection to the university with three generations attending Florida State.
Additionally, the Walsinghams were lead donors to the construction of the Albert J. Dunlap Athletic Training Facility in 2012, as well as being Platinum Chiefs and long-time skybox donors at Doak Campbell Stadium.
Gary is one of the most successful entrepreneurs in northwest Florida, having sold his beach tropical department store chain in 2004 and launching the popular WonderWorks Family Entertainment Centers with six locations across the United States. The chain is well-known for its signature upside down buildings.
“Florida State football and athletics is a big part of our family,” said Gary Walsingham. “It has provided countless hours of memories with family and friends through the years. When President Thrasher reached out and asked for our support during this key time, it was an honor to make this commitment. I am enthusiastic about what Coach Norvell has done already leading our football program and know that exciting times are ahead. We are always proud to be Seminoles.”
”Gary, Cumi, Mike, Pam and Sherri are tremendous friends to Florida State and our athletic department,” said Athletic Director David Coburn. “They lead by example – serving on the Board of Directors at Seminole Boosters, being key FSU voices in the Panama City community and as leadership donors. We are very grateful the Walsinghams are a part of the Seminole family.”
Seminole fans interested in supporting FSU Football and its 20 varsity sports programs are encouraged to join Seminole Boosters by visiting seminoleboosters.com. With over 40 percent of the operating budget for FSU Athletics coming from our fans, their investments are critical in the success of our student-athletes in competition, the classroom, and the community.