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Tuesday is A Day for Southern

University holds 34th annual fundraising event

Today is "A Day for Southern," where over 200 volunteers will be canvassing Statesboro and Bulloch County to round up donations for Georgia Southern's annual fund raising campaign.

            Marking the 34th year of the drive, this year's celebration will look back on GSU's first 100 years and will look forward to the promise of the next century.

            Joe McGlamery, chairman of the campaign and president of the Statesboro Herald, said all someone has to do is look around to see the positive effects of the university on the community. He encourages everyone to give to the cause of their choice.

            "'A Day for Southern' is the most flexible contribution opportunity you have," said McGlamery.

            A unique aspect of the drive is that contributors can dictate the use of the funds. So, a person can give to athletics, the museum, the music department or whatever university department they care to support.

            If a donor has no particular purpose in mind, the fund will go into an unrestricted account which is primarily used for scholarships — academic and athletic alike.      

            Wendell Tompkins, director of annual giving at GSU, said many businesses are ready and waiting for volunteers to show up and collect their contributions.

            "We're excited about today and hope for a successful campaign," Tompkins said.

            The day kicks off at 7:30 a.m. with a breakfast for the volunteers at the Nessmith-Lane Ballroom. Beginning at nine, pairs of volunteers will begin scouring their assigned areas. Volunteers will be driving around town with GSU antenna flags on their cars. By five in the afternoon, they will be back with the checks.

            Starting at 6 p.m., there will be a Victory Celebration in the Recreation Activities Center (RAC) where people will be able to mingle, snack on hors devours and waiting for the final tally to be announced.

            Last year, donations totaled nearly $1.28 million. More than 25 percent came from faculty, staff and retirees.

            "We certainly hope and anticipate that we will top the $1 million mark but would like to get over last year's total," Tompkins said.

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