Saturday, September 6, 2008

Annual Fundraiser to Show the Difference A Day Can Make Set for September 9

Again this year, Georgia Southern University and the Bulloch County community are teaming up to show what a difference “A Day” can make.

The 35th annual A Day for Southern campaign is set for Tuesday, Sept. 9. Volunteers will collect donations from Bulloch County’s business and professional community during the one-day fundraising campaign to support the current and future needs of Georgia Southern University.

As Georgia Southern has grown, so has A Day for Southern. The first campaign was held in 1974 and raised over $60,000; last year’s campaign topped $1 million for the tenth year in a row.

“We cannot thank the Bulloch County community enough for all its support through the years,” said Wendell Tompkins, Georgia Southern’s Director of Annual Giving. “This is a very giving community, and we see that every year on A Day for Southern.”

Proceeds from A Day for Southern go to the Georgia Southern University Foundation and Southern Boosters to meet both the academic and athletic needs of the University.

The Georgia Southern Foundation uses a significant portion of the proceeds to help pay for the scholarships that are necessary to attract academically gifted students to campus.

In addition, A Day for Southern proceeds are used to support cultural and educational attractions like the Georgia Southern Museum, the Botanical Garden, the Performing Arts Center, and the Center for Wildlife Education and the Lamar Q Ball Jr. Raptor Center.

A Day for Southern benefits Southern Boosters as well. The organization manages money for student-athlete scholarships and supports the athletic department, which fields teams that compete in 15 varsity sports at the NCAA Division I level.

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