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Live Mascot Program

Drake’s official live mascot is one of the most beloved members of the university community. Griff II, informally known as George, took over as the second official live mascot in July of 2020, succeeding Griff I upon his retirement. Griff II has hit the ground running and has been incredibly busy in his new role, quickly building upon the solid foundation established by his predecessor! Griff II greets prospective students and their families on campus and virtually, cheers on Bulldog athletes from the sidelines, collaborates with organizations in our community to make a positive impact, performs visits as a certified therapy dog, and brightens many days with his social media adventures and commentary. He is truly “everybody’s dog,” making himself accessible, approachable, and present.

Your support of Drake's Live Mascot Program brings spirit and swagger to the Bulldog community throughout the year.

Matching Gift Challenge

VGB - Live Mascot Challenge

All gifts to the Live Mascot Program will be matched, up to $1,000, through the generosity of alumnus and parent of a current student, Ray Szull, LA'83. Help Drake's VGB (Very Good Boy) make an even greater difference in our community with a gift during All In!

Where Bulldogs Are Going All In
Rank State Gifts
1 IA 13
2 MN 3
2 IL 3
Meet The Moment Challenge
1,250 donors helped Drake University Meet The Moment and unlocked $65,000 for the University from Doug Zinser, AS’96, John August, JO’92, and Cindy, LA’70 and Dennis Lesher! Thank you!
1,250 / 1,250 Gifts
Who is Meeting The Moment?
The entire Drake community of alumni, students, parents, faculty, staff, and friends coming together. Let's see who's going All In and meeting the moment!
What is your affiliation to Drake?
Rank Answer Gifts
1 Alumni 762
2 Faculty/Staff 189
3 Student 180
4 Parent 140
5 Friend 84
6 Other 52
Meeting The Moment by Decade
Which decade's graduates are the most All In?
What decade did you graduate?
Rank Answer Gifts
1 2010 - 2020 191
2 1990 - 1999 165
3 2000 - 2009 162
4 Current Student 151
5 1980 - 1989 128
6 1970 - 1979 96
7 1960 - 1969 44
8 1959 and before 8
VGB - Live Mascot Challenge
Thank you for going All In for the Live Mascot Program during All In and helping unlock the $1,000 match from Ray Szull, LA'83!
$1,000 MATCHED
Parents Challenge
Thank you for going All In for Drake students and helping unlock the $2,500 match from Jill, JO’91 and John, AS’92 Farmer!
$2,500 MATCHED
Caldbeck Challenge
Students, thank you for going All In for each other and helping unlock the $3,000 match from Kelly Caldbeck, PH’01, Peter Caldbeck, JO’03, and Megan Caldbeck, JO’05, in honor of their mother, longtime Drake employee and alumna Diane Anagnos Caldbeck, ED’72!
$3,000 MATCHED
First Time Gift Challenge
Thank you for making your first gift to Drake and helping unlock the $5,000 match from Drake Drake President Marty Martin! Welcome to the Bulldog Pack!
$5,000 MATCHED
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