Georgia Southern University alumni, faculty, staff and supporters in Statesboro and Bulloch county made history during the 40th annual A Day for Southern. They donated a record $2,111,160 during the fundraising campaign.
The Georgia Southern University Foundation will use that money for academics, athletics, scholarships, faculty and staff along with community resources including the Performing Arts Center, the Georgia Southern Museum and the Center for Wildlife Education and the Lamar Q Ball Jr. Raptor Center.
“As this University continues to grow, Statesboro and Bulloch County continue to grow with us, and this is a wonderful two-way street,” said University President Brooks A. Keel. “We have always enjoyed tremendous support from the community. Statesboro and Bulloch County stepped up big this year in a major way to give us not only a record-setting number but also a record-setting opportunity as we move forward.”
The $2.1 million total revealed Tuesday night during a celebration at the Nessmith-Lane Conference Center included donations and pledges made to Georgia Southern by University employees and community members since last year’s A Day for Southern. The University looks forward to a new year of giving starting tomorrow. “I continue to be amazed at just how much support the people of Statesboro and Bulloch County give to Georgia Southern,” said Alex Grovenstein, director of annual giving. “Their investment in what this University is doing is truly humbling. Their generosity puts students in position for academic success.”
When A Day for Southern began four decades ago, the first year recorded $67,000 in donations. As the bond between Georgia Southern and Statesboro and Bulloch County grew stronger, the results of the fundraising campaign began to climb higher and higher. Supporters of A Day for Southern have given more than a million dollars annually to the University for 16 consecutive years.
“This day has been so much fun and an exciting time to remind each other what the community and Georgia Southern mean to each other,” said Phyllis Thompson, community chair of A Day for Southern. “They make each other more successful and more appealing to our new students and the people who live here. It’s a great partnership that we have.”
Georgia Southern University, a Carnegie Doctoral/Research University founded in 1906, offers 125 degree programs serving more than 20,000 students. Through eight colleges, the University offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs built on more than a century of academic achievement. Georgia Southern is recognized for its student-centered approach to education. Visit: www.georgiasouthern.edu.