Up before dawn, Fresno State community kicks off Day of Giving at Save Mart Center rally
UPDATE: Early estimates show $455,215 was raised by 2,120 donors within 24 hours, according to Fresno State spokeswoman Lisa Boyles. Donors came from 42 states and 18 countries. Compared to last year, the amount of donors nearly doubled, and there was a 7.17 percent increase in funds.
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A lot of Fresno State Bulldogs figure to be DOG-tired Friday, but for a great cause.
The university held its second annual Day of Giving (DOG) campaign Thursday – 24 hours of pounding the drum for online giving to support student success.
According to a release from Fresno State, last year’s first Day of Giving produced $424,755.
“This year’s goal again focuses on donor participation rather than setting a dollar objective,” Paula Castadio, Fresno State’s vice president for University Advancement, says in the release. “Day of Giving inspires a culture of philanthropy to advance our University and community. Alumni and friends will realize the difference they can make together in helping students achieve their dreams and strengthen our region.”
The big kickoff Thursday was a rally outside the Save Mart Center from 5 to 8 a.m.
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse participated with events at the Fashion Fair restaurant including a $1,500 pledge in the name of the college, school or program that generates the best selfie during an hourlong challenge.