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Sponsor Levels

Sponsorship options are available for the Growing The Mission Gala

Crimson Mission: $10,000

Recognition as CRIMSON SPONSOR on event advertisements and emails.

Logo included on our website with link to your company’s website for one year.

Opportunity to place brochure/business card at each table at event.

Mention in all Media advertising as CRIMSON SPONSOR.

Recognition as CRIMSON SPONSOR during event.

Table choice of 2 bottles of Wine or Bourbon.

Custom created Founders Day Plaque.

Sponsorship spotlight on social media.

VIP seating for a table of 8 at event.

Table signage with company logo.

Full page ad in event program.

Ram Sponsor: $5,000

Logo included on our website with link to your company’s website for one year.

Recognition as RAM SPONSOR on event advertisements and emails.

Opportunity to place brochure/business card at each table at event.

Recognition as RAM SPONSOR during event.

Custom created Founders Day Plaque.

Sponsorship spotlight on social media.

Half page ad in event program.

Seating for a table of 8 at event.

Table signage with company logo.

Red/White Sponsor: $2,500

Logo included on our website with link to your company’s website for one year.

Recognition as RED/WHITE SPONSOR on event advertisements and emails.

Opportunity to place brochure/business card at each table at event.

Recognition as RED/WHITE SPONSOR during event.

Sponsorship spotlight on social media.

Seating for a table of 8 at event.

Friend of Manual: $1,000

Custom created Founders Day Plaque.

2 tickets to Gala.

Become a Founder


Becoming a Crimson Mission Founder is an important step in maintaining the unique experience at duPont Manual. Your tax receipt will be provided at the end of the year.

If you are interested in Becoming a Founder please email [email protected]

Please click the button below to donate and become forever memorialized with a Founders Plaque for your contribution to duPont Manual High School

About Us

The Crimson Mission, Inc. is an independent, non-profit organization that has been established to raise contributions to provide financial assistance to duPont Manual High School and the Youth Performing Arts School (YPAS) in Louisville, KY. Incorporated in 2015, the Crimson Mission, Inc.’s sole purpose is make duPont Manual High School a national model of excellence by raising and allocating resources to support and enhance our mission.

The Crimson Mission, Inc. invites the vast duPont Manual Family – our Alumni, current parents, former parents, and community friends – to join us in our mission. Your tax-deductible donation today will support the Mission and our goal of honoring the past, empowering the present and ensuring the future of duPont Manual High School!

Your Donations at Work

Click to see representative examples of what your donation is funding

Fieldhouse Project

This multi-use fieldhouse will be next to the Manual softball field (near the corner of Ray Baer Boulevard and W. Cardinal Boulevard).

The Honeycomb

In 2017, Kindred Healthcare partnered with the University of Louisville to announce The Hive, a collaborative work space and incubator

Manual Achievement Center

The Manual Achievement Center is a 21st century learning space serving the academic needs of all Manual students.

Support the Mission


A Manual education is more than a simple high school education it is an academic experience which prepares our students for college and beyond. Manual students are our leaders of tomorrow. It is our goal to raise funds to make the best education - even better! If you are interested in supporting The Crimson Mission, we ask and encourage your tax-deductible donation in any amount. We do not have an annual kick-off or fund raising campaign so alumni and friends of Manual can support our Mission all year round!

Your gift to The Crimson Mission will support academic enrichment, student achievement, campus wide facility improvements, technology, athletics, plus much more! Our fundraising efforts are accomplished through our ongoing annual fund and the Annual Growing the Mission Gala.

Why should you donate to the Crimson Mission? Here’s a message from a student!

Are you ready to support the Mission? You can easily make your tax-deductible donation online by clicking the donate button below or you can print out the donation form and mail your donation. Either way, you are supporting the students at Manual.

PO BOX 22384, Louisville, KY 40252


    The Crimson Mission, Inc. has assisted with the funding of:
  • microscopes and grow lights
  • rolling trimmer for AP Geography class
  • gas pressure sensors
  • HD video projector
  • outdoor advertising signs
  • gallery pedestal refurbishing
  • box trailer for transport of musical instruments
  • Project Graduation

Thank you for your support of the students at duPont Manual High School!

Founded in 2015, the Crimson Mission serves as a non-profit organization devoted to the students and staff at duPont Manual High School - accepting contributions from alumni, community partners and families and friends of Manual - to fund individual student needs and large-scale projects the school itself cannot fund through its annual state and federal funding allowances. It is our goal to honor the past, empower the present and ensure the future of duPont Manual High School.

The Board

Timothy Schenk

Assistant General

Counsel at the Kentucky Bankers Association. Tim serves as counsel to 153 member banks ranging in asset size of $21mil to $70bil on issues ranging from lender liability litigation to compliance. Tim has previously worked as a partner at the law firms of Wyatt Tarrant & Combs and Morgan Pottinger & McGarvey and as Senior Vice President of litigation of Limestone Bank. Tim serves the community in various ways. Tim was previously on the boards in various forms for Score International, Louisville Legal Aid Society, March of Dimes, Louisville Downtown Development Corporation and the American Bar Association. A 2000 graduate of duPont Manual High School, Tim has tremendous passion for improving Manual. Tim is the current chairman of the Crimson Mission. You can often find Tim meeting with various school faculty or helping coach the baseball team to better understand the needs of students, faculty and parents to ensure that Manual remains the top high school in the country.

Rob King

Mutual Financial Advisor

Rob King has been a Northwestern Mutual Financial Advisor for 17 years. He is a Wealth Management Certified Professional and Certified in Long Term Care. He started his career the fall after graduating from Centre College with a degree in Economics. He has lived in Louisville for most of his life.

Rob has served the community in many capacities. He has performed various roles with the Fund for the Arts, including Chairman of NeXt, a prestigious young professional leadership program. During his tenure on NeXt and the Executive Committee, he was a co-founder of the “35 under 35” Leadership Campaign. Rob has served on the Louisville Ballet Board, NAWBO Foundation Board, Centre College Alumni Board, Scout Reach Board for the Boy Scouts of America, and as Kentucky Country Day’s Junior Varsity Basketball Coach for 6 seasons.

Rob has been recognized by NFocus magazine as one of Louisville’s “New faces of Philanthropy”, named Centre College’s Young Associate of the Year, and the inaugural Next! Alumni of the year.

When not working, Rob enjoys playing golf, trying new food, and traveling with his wife and son to new adventures.

Krista Pippen

Krista has served on the Crimson Mission board since 2019 with dual interest. Not only is Krista duPont Manual alumna, but she is also parent to Manual graduate Reese, class of 2023, and Manual student Emery, Class of 2027.

Krista is a graduate of the University of Louisville and works as a VP of Sales in the field of healthcare technology. Prior to her career in healthcare tech, Krista spent many years mitigating child abuse and neglect in the field of social work. Not only does Krista believe that she made a difference in the lives of many children, but she also gained invaluable experience in this field and learned how to effectively communicate and listen to people of all backgrounds. While she maintains that she found her passion in healthcare revenue cycle, Krista still attributes her problem-solving mentality and people skills to her years spent driving positive change in the community. Krista has a passion for community involvement and utilizing skills and resources to drive positive outcomes.

Krista believes in the value of having a school like duPont Manual in the community and serves the Crimson Mission with a goal of bridging the gap between public school funding and the actual needs of Manual’s gifted student body.

Sara Holland

Board member

Sara was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. After attending Taylor Allderdice HS, she enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania on an Army ROTC scholarship. While at Penn, in addition to participating in ROTC, Sara was a four-year member of the women’s crew earning a varsity letter and a member of the Pi Beta Phi fraternity. Sara earned a BA in English and History with Distinction in the Major from Penn and was commissioned in the Army as an Engineer. Having been granted an educational delay by the Army, she attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. After graduating from law school, Sara served as a law clerk for the Honorable Donald J. Zeigler, Chief Judge of the US District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

Following her clerkship, Sara was commissioned as a Judge Advocate General (JAG). Sara served on Active Duty for nine years and was stationed in Hawaii, Germany, and at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Sara served in the Army Reserves for another seven years and was assigned to the United States Military Academy at West Point, the Pentagon and the 518th Sustainment Brigade in Knightdale, NC. Following her Army career, Sara served as the Head of Legal/HR for ClipperData in Louisville.

Sara’s husband, Dr. Brian Holland, served for seven years as an Army pediatrician prior to completing a fellowship at Columbia. Dr. Holland is currently the Division Chief for Pediatric Cardiology at the University of Louisville. Sara and Brian have two children who have attended duPont Manual: William (MST Class of 2020) and Emily (MST Class of 2023).

As a Manual parent, Sara has served as the cross-country Booster Club treasurer and president as well as co-chair of the PTSA Project Graduation committee. In the Louisville community, Sara has served as the President of the swim team at the Woods of St. Thomas, as a volunteer with Hope Scarves and serves as a Board member of Meghan’s Mountain Charitable Foundation.

Sara enjoys running, reading, photography, and writing letters.

Ron Jolly

Ron was raised in Louisville, KY. After graduating from Louisville Male High School, he attended Western Kentucky University prior to transferring to the University of Kentucky. Ron earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics and History from the Gatton College of Business and Economics, University of Kentucky in 1995.

Ron has been with Independence Bank as a Vice President and Commercial Loan Officer helping grow their presence in the Louisville Market since 2018. Ron began his career in banking at Great Financial Bank in 1997. From 1999 to 2018, he worked at Republic Bank. During that time, he rose from Banking Officer to Regional Sales Director. Spending 10 years as the manager of their Highlands location, he developed a strong connection to the Highlands neighborhood and moved there in 2004.

As a Manual parent, Ron serves as the Baseball Booster Club President, as a member of the Basketball Booster Club, and the Crimson Misson Board. He is also involved in the community and serves on the Louisville Nature Center Board of Directors. He is a past treasurer of the Louisville Nature Center Board and the Community Health Charities of Kentucky Board. He is a past Board member for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Kentucky/West Virginia Community Health Charities of Kentucky, the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival and the English Speaking Union of Kentucky (ESU).

Ron has coached boys’ basketball from kindergarten level to junior varsity, most recently for St. Agnes School and Parish, where he is a member. He is a former Athletic Director at St. Stephen Martyr Parish.

He is married to Noel Jolly, Chief of Staff of the Louisville Regional Airport Authority, and has three children, Kiernan (Male c/o 2017), Elena (HSU c/o 2020), and Preston (HSU c/o 2027).

In his free time Ron enjoys watching Preston play basketball and baseball, watching college sports, traveling with Noel, and driving his 1987 first gen Toyota 4Runner.

Ian D. McClure

Associate Vice President for Research

Ian McClure is the Associate Vice President for Research (AVPR), Innovation and Economic Impact, and Executive Director for UK Innovate at the University of Kentucky (UK), where he leads efforts to translate UK discoveries for the public good, seek equitable returns on UK intellectual property (IP), enhance UK’s investments in innovation, catalyze a culture and capacity for entrepreneurship, and expand industry and other collaborative research partnerships.

Ian’s portfolio includes oversight of the UK Office of Technology Commercialization (UK OTC), UK Innovation Connect for industry partnerships, UK Innovation Economic Development and UK’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Training. As UK OTC’s previous executive director, he oversaw a team of 25+ staff managing the university’s IP, licensing and startup portfolios. Under his oversight, UK OTC increased its commercialization metrics by up to 400%. Ian is the past Chair of the Board of Directors for AUTM and a member of Advisory Board of the Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation, Launch Blue Accelerator, the Oak Ridge Innovation Institute, and Level Set Capital. In 2022, Ian was appointed by U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo to the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE), and in 2023, Ian was appointed as an Expert Advisor to the National Science Foundation (NSF). As an innovator, Ian is a principal investigator or co-investigator on five federal grants focused on tech-based economic development (NIH, NSF, & EDA).

Ian began his career as a Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) and IP transactions attorney at Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP in Louisville. Following private practice, he helped build a startup company in Chicago, IPXI, that was the world’s first financial exchange for IP and technology rights, which he led through growth to 30+ full-time employees and three offices.

Before returning to Kentucky, Ian was Vice President of IP Strategy for Black Stone IP (acquired by Houlihan Lokey), a boutique investment bank headquartered in San Francisco focused on IP-rich M&A and technology-driven transactions. In parallel, he teaches graduate courses on the Law & Business of IP Management at the Chicago-Kent College of Law and the University of Kentucky College of Law. In addition, Ian has been named one of the World’s Leading IP Strategists by IAM Magazine for six years

Our Team

Robin Miller

Executive Director