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Big Green Donors of the Week - John and Debbie Bacha

Oct. 18, 2012

This week's Donors of the Week are two very special individuals, John and Debbie Bacha. Their Marshall roots don't start out like most. They aren't from Huntington; no family ties to Marshall; they didn't attend MU.

What drew them to become supporters of the Herd?

"We Are... Marshall" ... the movie.

"I remember when I was 16 years old I was in the car with my father and over the radio came the tragic news about the crash," John said. "When the movie came out it just seemed to strike a chord with Debbie and me. One day we decided we had a few extra vacation days, so why not make our first trip to Huntington and see what it's all about?"

The Bachas made their first trip from New Jersey to Huntington in 2007 and have come to one game each year since.

"The people of Huntington took us in like one of their own," Debbie said. "I sent an e-mail to Keith Morehouse back in 2007 asking him what all we should visit when we came to town, he replied within hours and offered to show us around."

John and Debbie live in Colonia, N.J., and they have one daughter, Amanda, who is currently enrolled at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. One of Amanda's former high school volleyball teammates, Indy Jorji, is on scholarship playing volleyball at MU. Small world! Although their relationship with the Herd family is relatively new, their passion is undeniable (their New Jersey license plate reads "HERD 70"). Recently, John and Debbie made a commitment to the Vision Campaign for Marshall's athletic facilities project.

The Big Green is very grateful to the Bachas and others who have stepped up to make the campaign a success.

Favorite Marshall Moment:
Our first trip to Huntington on Nov. 10, 2007, when we defeated East Carolina.

Favorite Marshall Player:
Former MU running back Ahmad Bradshaw, now with the NFL's New York Giants.

Why give to the Big Green:
"The Big Green Scholarship Foundation is a very worthwhile organization that we are very proud to be a part of. It is very important to contribute in an effort to try to make a difference for the benefit of Marshall University student-athletes, present and future."