Gettysburg College succeeds in 360 Challenge

Gettysburg College’s 360 Challenge was successful at raising $701,173.02 from donations from parents, alum, and trustees. The challenge took place from 10:00 a.m. Feb. 6 to 10:00 p.m. Feb. 7. Photo Credit: gettysburg.edu

Gettysburg College’s 360 Challenge was successful at raising $701,173.02 from donations from parents, alum, and trustees. The challenge took place from 10:00 a.m. Feb. 6 to 10:00 p.m. Feb. 7. Photo Credit: gettysburg.edu

This past week, Gettysburg College sponsored the 360 Challenge, a fundraising event for the school. Friends, alumni, and parents could opt to give a one-time gift or make a recurring pledge.

From 10:00 A.M. Feb. 6 to 10:00 P.M. Feb. 7, for every $1 given by a donor the Gettysburg Trustees gave $2.

The Trustees also pledged to give $60,000 if the fundraiser garnered 60 new recurring gifts.

This goal was not merely met, but exceeded as 88 new recurring gifts were made. The total amount raised during the 360 chal- lenge was $701,173.02, $291,173.02 of it from donations and the remain- ing amount from trustees. Over 1,300 people made contributions.

As part of a promotional effort for the 360 Challenge, Gettysburg created the Celebrity Phonathon. During the day, several iconic Gettysburgian figures were on-call to talk and answer questions.

Among those who par- ticipated in the Celebrity Phonathon were Professor Buzz Jones, Professor Kathy Cain, Professor Chris Fee, “Servo” Sue Noel and several school alumni.

Kelly Jones, Gettysburg College Athletic Equipment Manager, was also on call during the Ce- lebrity Phonathon.

She enjoyed the experience and thought it was a great way to promote the 360 Challenge.

“I think it was a marvelous idea and was very glad to be part of this event,” says Jones. “I hope that we raised both dollars and awareness from our alumni and parents as to how important giving to Gettysburg College is, and how greatly it helps with the growth of all pro- grams and facilities.”

The 360 Challenge was an opportunity for those connected to and impacted by the school to give back and donate to improve the quality of programs and departments.

Though the 360 Challenge occurred during a short time frame, it set the stage for establishing the importance of outside contributions to Gettysburg College all year round.

With the outstanding success of this year’s 360 Challenge, Gettysburg College can continue to provide a quality education for its students, in addition to making various repairs and improvements to its various facilities. While there is no one use for the thousands of dollars collected, students will undoubtedly feel the effects of the 360 Challenge in years, or even months, to come.

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Author: Brendan Raleigh

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