Skip to main content Skip to footer site map

TV Star Marcus Lemonis, Marquette Exceed $3 Million Challenge

The Marquette University community more than doubled down in this year's giving challenge issued by alumnus Marcus Lemonis, CNBC's star of The Profit, combining to raise a total of $3,292,748.

The challenge was met in less than two months by 2,769 donors who raised a total of $1,792,748. Lemonis added $1.5 million of his own funds and Marquette's College of Business Administration will now start a student-run business program called the Marcus Lemonis Pay The Profit Forward Program, providing initial funding for students to pursue their business ideas.

"Marcus has inspired our alumni from across the United States and the world, and we are incredibly grateful for his generosity," said President Michael R. Lovell. "We couldn't be more proud to launch this new student-run business program to honor his legacy."

Lemonis donated $300,000 last year to Marquette when he started a $1 million challenge and was so encouraged by the results that he tripled the goal this year.

"It is amazing to think that Marquette will now shape the dreams of tomorrow's entrepreneurs and business leaders through a program bearing my name," Lemonis said. "It is extra rewarding for all of this to happen on the same campus where I sparked my passion."

This year's $3 million dollar giving challenge began on Friday, Feb. 17, in conjunction with the National Marquette Day pep rally and finished more than a week early when the Marquette alumni community surpassed its goal.

"We're delighted that Marcus Lemonis chose to invest in the College of Business Administration in this way," said Keyes Dean of Business Administration Brian D. Till. "This student-run business program aligns perfectly with the college's emphasis on experiential learning, and I'm excited to see the ventures our students will propose, develop and manage. It will most certainly be a popular and important learning experience for students for years to come, and a distinguishing feature of a Marquette business education."

Lemonis, a 1995 Marquette alumnus of the Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, is the chairman and CEO of Camping World, the nation's largest RV and outdoor retailer, and Good Sam, the world's largest RV owner's organization.

More Hot Stories For You

Photos: First Look at A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Milwaukee Repertory TheaterPhotos: First Look at A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Milwaukee Repertory Theater
December 1, 2022

Get a first look at photos of Milwaukee's favorite holiday tradition, A Christmas Carol, which has returned for the 47th Anniversary, playing now through December 24, 2022 in the historic Pabst Theatre.

Downtown Organizations Unite To Launch Milwaukee Theater DistrictDowntown Organizations Unite To Launch Milwaukee Theater District
November 30, 2022

Nine performing arts and live entertainment organizations, along with other supportive entities, have announced the launch of the Milwaukee Theater District (MTD), which is designed to position Milwaukee's live entertainment scene as the best in the nation.

First Stage's Young Company to Present A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM in DecemberFirst Stage's Young Company to Present A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM in December
November 30, 2022

First Stage's Young Company, the Theater Academy's award-winning training program for advanced high school actors, will present A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, one of Shakespeare's most popular and influential plays.

Renaissance Theaterworks Welcomes Back Marketing Director Sarah Kriger HwangRenaissance Theaterworks Welcomes Back Marketing Director Sarah Kriger Hwang
November 28, 2022

Renaissance Theaterworks (RTW), “theater by women, for everyone,” welcomes back Sarah Kriger Hwang as the company's Marketing Director. 

Milwaukee Repertory Theater to Hold Black Friday Sale for MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHINGMilwaukee Repertory Theater to Hold Black Friday Sale for MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
November 18, 2022

Milwaukee Repertory Theater is holding special Black Friday Sale starting Friday, November 18 through Friday, November 25 for Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing playing January 10 – February 12, 2023 in the Quadracci Powerhouse.