This year’s campaign chair, Phyllis Thompson, was joined by university president Brooks Keel at the breakfast. Afterwards, the two headed out with the other volunteers to help collect donations. Thompson is the director of the Statesboro-Bulloch Chamber of Commerce and has been a “Day For Southern” volunteer since the 1980s.
The annual campaign is a joint effort of the Georgia Southern University Foundation and the Georgia Southern Athletic Foundation.
Proceeds from the one day fundraising campaign in Statesboro and across Bulloch County benefit academics, scholarships, athletics, faculty/staff and community resources such as the Georgia Southern Museum, Performing Arts Center and Center for Wildlife Education.
The first “Day For Southern” was held 39 years ago and raised $60,000. Over the years the total has continued to grow. Supporters of A Day for Southern have given more than a million dollars to the University for 15 consecutive years. Last year $1,417,799 was raised.
The one day fundraising campaign will conclude at the Nessmith-Lane Conference Center with a celebration beginning at 5:30 p.m. during which the total from A Day for Southern will be announced at 6 p.m.