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Trojans stand tall to help University surpass goal on annual TROY Giving Day

TROY student Justin Thomas of Hoover did his part to spread the word about the importance of TROY Giving Day.

TROY student Justin Thomas of Hoover did his part to spread the word about the importance of TROY Giving Day.

Troy University’s third annual TROY Giving Day proved to be a tremendous success, with 330 gifts bringing in $203,845 in the 24-hour period on Oct. 8.

Gifts made during Giving Day came from 24 states and Germany and donors were able to designate how their donations would be used such as to help with facilities, academics, scholarships, the University’s Fall COVID-19 Emergency Fund, the TROY Annual Fund and Athletics, among others.

Under the theme “Stand Up and Be a Trojan,” donors helped the University easily surpass its goal of $150,000. Matching funds of $15,000 provided by generous donors Jane Beasley and Bob Butterworth helped to boost donations made during this year’s Giving Day event. The University matched gifts of $100 or more with a gift of $100 as long as the matching funds were available.

“Once again, the Trojan Family stood up and answered the call on TROY Giving Day,” said Maj. Gen. Walter Givhan, Senior Vice Chancellor for Advancement and Economic Development. “Through their generosity, we were able to surpass our Giving Day goal for the third straight year. Each gift helps to make a difference in the lives of our students and our University, and we are grateful to all who made this year’s Giving Day a tremendous success.”

Becky Watson, Associate Vice Chancellor for Development, said the success of this year’s TROY Giving Day initiative was particularly tremendous given the difficulties presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Giving Day is all about everyone coming together for one day to make a big impact, and the success of this year’s event is a great testament to the dedication and commitment of TROY’s alumni and donors,” Watson said. “To raise more than $200,000 given the uncertain times presented by the pandemic is phenomenal. We are incredibly grateful for the generosity shown by all who joined us this year in standing up and being a Trojan.”

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