Donors showed up in a big way to support Franklin College’s #GRIZTuesday on Tuesday, Nov. 30. The college raised $142,994 during the 24-hour day of giving, surpassing its $100,000 goal for the day by nearly 43 percent.
“We are exceedingly grateful to the many donors and 19 sponsors who generously supported #GRIZTuesday,” said Dana Cummings, vice president for institutional advancement. “The support given by our alumni, friends, faculty, staff, students, parents and community members was once again truly amazing. We are also very thankful to Rafael Sánchez for hosting the special virtual ‘GRIZ games’ and providing some added fun during the day.”
Sponsorship funds and donations raised during the one-day giving initiative will support the college’s athletic programs. The college used social media, especially Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, to market the 24-hour fundraising effort, as well as email and other college communication formats. At noon and 7 p.m., Rafael Sánchez, WRTV Channel 6 anchor/reporter and 1992 alumnus of the college, hosted special virtual ‘GRIZ games,’ with surprise guests from the college including President Kerry Prather.
“This effort is a critical component in providing our student-athletes with a truly memorable experience,” said Andrew Hendricks, director of athletics and head swimming coach. “The college is very fortunate to have so many friends, families, faculty, students, alumni and community members who are passionate about athletics and our student-athletes. While academics are at the center of the Franklin College experience, athletics definitely enhance the student experience, and our donors provide incredible support in true Grizzly fashion.”
“Our donors have demonstrated that they recognize the best way to lead is by giving back,” said Kerry N. Prather, Franklin College president. “Due to their generous support, our student-athletes will enjoy a well-rounded college experience that will provide them leadership skills for a lifetime.”
Indiana Members Credit Union, Miller Transportation Bus Service, Inc., and Viaggio were the #GRIZTuesday title sponsors. Bischoff Wealth Management LLC, Elwood Staffing and Timberland Lumber Company were major sponsors of the day.
For more information, contact the Franklin College Office of Communications at (317) 738-8185.
POSTED Dec 2, 2021