The countless dreams of thousands of students were made real on Wednesday, March 1 as Clayton State University kicked off its second year of Give 4 Dreams.
The University exceeded its goal during the 24-hour day of giving that lasted from March 1 to March 2 totaling $143,641 in donations. Thirteen projects including student travel, academic research, national competitions and scholarships earned generous support from 393 donors.
“The important thing is we build on a momentum we have created,” said Dr. Tim Hynes, president of Clayton State University. “Our students continue to be worthy and because they are worthy, the needs that can be fulfilled will demonstrate and allow those students to fulfill that worth to become the kind of influence of change and of transformation so important in Georgia and in the South Metro Atlanta area.”
A goal of $120,000 was initially set for the event. By 3:30 pm of March 1, Clayton State surpassed that amount. Hynes interrupted the Give 4 Dreams live broadcast to issue a new goal of $130,000.
Corporate partners including Sutherlands Foodservice and Bojangles in Morrow, GA, along with the Clayton State University Foundation and the Clayton State University President’s Cabinet provided an additional $5,500 in incentives that projects could win.
“Each bit contributes to the students, faculty and staff who can make dreams come true,” Hynes said.
Give 4 Dreams Fundraising Facts:
Projects with the highest number of donors: Spivey Hall (66), Athletics (66) and College of Health (55)
Projects with the highest donation amount: Scholarships (73,025), Dream of Your Choice (24,725) and Excellence Funds (20,710)
Incentive challenge winners:
Early Bird Incentive- Student Affairs
Lunch Time Incentive- College of Health
Daytime Crunch- Spivey Hall
Afternoon Stretch- Spivey Hall
More information about Give 4 Dreams including a link to the 8-hour live broadcast can be found at clayton.edu/give4dreams. A photo gallery of the fundraising event can be accessed here.