‘One Day for Western’ was one day to remember, with more than 1,100 donors
One Day for Western, the inaugural all-in day of giving to benefit multiple areas of Western Carolina University, proved to be one day to remember as 1,128 donors made gifts and pledges totaling $316,337, blowing past an original goal of 800 donors.
Held March 29, One Day for Western was a 24-hour fundraising event designed to benefit 12 distinct units of the university by inviting members of the WCU community to donate to the priorities that mean the most to them.
The donations, which include more than $263,950 in cash gifts, will support a total of 88 separate university funds those dozen units of campus. Two hundred and six donors made more than one gift or supported multiple designations.
* The Catamount Club, which received $86,069 in gifts and pledges thanks to challenge gifts from the Catamount Club Board of Directors.
* Support for the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band trip in 2024 to Ireland, $42,673, which included a challenge gift from an anonymous donor who is a longtime supporter of the band.
* The Division of Student Affairs, which received $17,121 for its priorities, including challenge gifts from Chancellor Brown and the Foundation Board of Directors and a $10,000 contribution from the Hathaway Family Foundation to specifically support the Student Affairs Emergency Fund.
* The Speech and Hearing Clinic, $10,170, with a challenge gift from Dan Killian, head of the Valley of Franklin Chapter of N.C. Rite Care.
Other funds receiving impressive gift totals include the newly established Thomas B. Nelson and Ronald F. Nelson Memorial Endowed Fund, $25,000; the Kenneth E. Flynt Endowed Scholarship Fund, $19,747; the Ogletree Endowed Scholarship in Communication Sciences and Disorders, $12,500; the Catamount Football Program, $10,803; the General Scholarship Fund, $5,924; and the Women’s Soccer Program, $5,325.
The largest number of gifts during One Day for Western came from alumni of the institution, with 482 undergraduate alumni combining for more than $113,555 in donations and 55 graduate-level alumni chipping in nearly $4,260.
Current faculty and staff members also answered the call for One Day for Western, with 85 faculty members contributing $40,820 and 129 staff donating $12,634.
Thirty-nine current students also got in on the action, donating a total of nearly $1,000 to the effort, and 41 parents of current students gave nearly $8,150.
Last Edit: Apr 20, 2023 21:52:57 GMT -5 by The Cats
"Go Cats" - in honor of Catamount man / Pickins
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Disappointed with the lack of giving to Football and Men's basketball
Do you know the dollar amounts by sport? I think many gave to the scholarship fund, as that would add to their Catamount Club totals. I assume that if you gave to a specific sport, it did not go to your CC giving totals...
Go Cats -in honor of Catamount man or "Pickins" (Richard McClellan) RIP