Augusta’s very own Mayor Deke Copenhaver, class of 1991 and the community chair of the A Day campaign in 2003 and 2004, presented the school with a challenge gift of $20,000 to kick off the community campaign. “We are extremely grateful for the mayor’s gift,” said Helen Hendee, vice president for development and alumni relations. “ Deke’s gift demonstrates his commitment to his alma mater and marks his outstanding community leadership. It is a visible reminder of the importance of this institution to the future of Augusta; I’m certain that his gift sparked others to give to the A Day campaign.” A portion of his contribution is being used to established the Matt Miklas Scholarship which will be awarded to an undergraduate student for years to come.
The grand total of $586,194.95 was announced Oct. 12 at the annual Alumni and Friends Barbecue. The results of the annual fund drive, A Day for ASU, was shared with more than 1,000 university friends and supporters at the barbecue, which traditionally marks the end of the annual fund campaign.
“A special thank you goes out to our A Day campus and community chairs, Clint Bryant, David Alalof, and Sandra Carraway. Their hard work and dedication to the campaign and community has been greatly appreciated. We wouldn’t have exceeded our goal without them rallying the troops for such a worthy cause,” said Banks.
The campus campaign raised more than $140,000 with 47 departments giving 100 percent.
The private funding from the campaign provides additional resources to meet needs that cannot be met through state funding, such as scholarships, faculty development, and some academic support programs.
For more information, call ASU’s Office of Development and Alumni Relations at 706-737-1759.