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A Day for Southern raises over $1 million for ten years in a row

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    Another record was broken during Tuesday's "A Day for Southern" fundraising campaign. With donations totaling just over $1.3 million, the university surpassed the $1 million mark for the 10th year in a row.
    Joe McGlamery, chairman of the campaign and president of the Statesboro Herald, said it was a great day for the community and university.
    "$1.3 million is a wonderful new record," said McGlamery. "We're very proud of the volunteers and proud of the community for being so generous."
    "A Day for Southern" is an annual, one-day fundraising event seeking contributions from individuals and businesses in Statesboro and Bulloch County. The proceeds enhance Georgia Southern University's educational and cultural programs in addition to providing money for athletic and academic scholarships.
    GSU president Dr. Bruce Grube said he was pleased with the effort. In his ninth year as president, he said he's been blown away by the local support.
    "A lot of it has to do with Georgia Southern's history, which started with the community turning out and working hard to bring the university here in 1906," Grube said. "The community has been invested in the university and the university has been invested in the community ever since. I've been on hundreds of campuses and this is the best town and gown relationship I've ever seen. I know that sounds a bit "Pollyanna-ish," but it's really true."
    The day started with a total of $323,061 being collected from the faculty, staff and retiree part of the campaign. The GSU Retiree Campaign was conducted over the last two weeks and provided a healthy starting point.
    By lunchtime, totals had already reached over $966,000.  Wendell Tompkins, director of annual giving at GSU, said he thought the total was ahead of last year's midday tally and was optimistic about the afternoon.
    He also said that donors were adding to their checks when the volunteers showed up to collect them.
    "It's going real well," Tompkins said at lunch. "We have a lot of excited volunteers coming back, saying they had good luck and that donors have been increasing [their pledges]."
    At the evening's  Victory Celebration at the Recreational Activities Center (RAC), the final amount collected was unveiled. Though it will be a couple of weeks before all the details are known, the total amount raised was $1,314,256.  
    "It just shows how much Statesboro and Bulloch County think about Georgia Southern and we certainly appreciate their support," said Tompkins. "It speaks to the great relationship between the campus and community. They appreciate what each other brings to their way of life."
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