Oct. 3, 2010
SEATTLE - Men's crew coach Michael Callahan recently presented Pete McLean with a personalized oar blade in honor of his support of the crew program.
For the fourth year in a row, McLean has helped coordinated the Dave McLean Memorial Golf Classic at the Washington National course, one of the most successful fundraisers the Husky crew program puts on all year. The event is in honor of Pete's father, Dave, who rowed at Washington during the 1960s. This year, the Golf Classic was able to raise $17,000 for the rowing program. The McLean family has also created an endowment fund to provide additional support to the crew team. The money goes to travel, operational costs and new equipment.
The Dave McLean Memorial Golf Classic is designed to be a fun event for former rowers and current friends of the program, and makes for an enjoyable afternoon at the championship-caliber facility in Auburn.
"I've never been around someone who has as much enthusiasm for the Washington program," Callahan said. "It's a full family thing. And it just shows that external support we have. It's in the community, and it's something we're really proud of."
What impresses Callahan is that Pete McLean did not row for Washington. McLean's support stems from his father's love of the sport, interwoven with his own admiration for the Husky athletic department as a whole.
But financial support isn't McLean's only donation to the crew program. McLean works for Cardiac Science, and also donated a pair of defibrillators for emergency use at Conibear Shellhouse and on the road.
Perhaps the best donation of all came from McLean's two children, who ran a lemonade stand and donated the entire proceeds (over $400) to the crew program. As gratitude, Callahan had their names emblazoned on a pair of oars the team will use all season.