Go West for A Day Pushes UWG Fundraising to $2.81 Million

Friday, October 19, 2012

A victorious howl rang out in University Stadium Thursday evening as President Beheruz N. Sethna announced the University of West Georgia’s 2012 fundraising campaigns raised $2.81M with a little more than two months left in the calendar year.

Go West for A Day, a Carroll County tradition for the past 30 years, is a fundraising effort designed to help students achieve their dream of a college education, as the largest percentage of the money donated will be used to support student scholarships. It also highlights the many ways in which the university benefits the local community and the region.

President Announces $2.81M “This was a great Go West for A Day!” said Dr. Beheruz N. Sethna, president of UWG. “I have 2.81 million ‘Thank yous’ to give to all our donors and supporters, including our wonderful faculty and staff and our alumni. Thanks to Steve Harrison and Donna Lackey for the great community drive and to Melanie Hildebrandt and Dr. Joey Smith for their outstanding leadership of the faculty-staff drive. Thanks to our Alumni & Development staff. Thank you to our great students for being part of The University of West Georgia, and also thank you to our donors on their behalf. We had very ambitious goals for A Day, and we exceeded them! We increased our faculty-staff giving to cross the $125,000 barrier for the first time in our history and the percentage of those contributing went from 35 percent to 59 percent! In addition, our overall annual fund broke records as well. Congratulations to all!”

The Annual Fund campaign has multiple fundraising channels, including its most prominent Go West for A Day and the UWG faculty-staff drives. Across all Annual Fund fundraising channels, the total amount raised was $654,993.45—exceeding the campaign goal this year by more than $50,000. The balance between the Annual Fund total and the overall total ($2.81 million) comes from additional support in major gifts from individuals, corporations and foundations.

Steve Harrison, district manager for H&R Block and a Realtor for RE/MAX United in Carrollton, served as the Go West for A Day chair. Donna Lackey, vice president of business development at Carroll Tomorrow and the executive director of The Burson Center, served as its vice-chair. Together, they spearheaded an effort which raised $313,906.02 from Carroll County.

The faculty and staff fund drive chaired by Melanie Hildebrandt, director of Undergraduate Research, and Dr. William “Joey” Smith, associate professor of economics, garnered an unprecedented $126,164.68.

Celebrating A Day and UWG Wolves' victoryThe University of West Georgia certainly had a red letter day on Thursday. In addition to the culmination of its successful Annual Fund campaign, not only did the UWG Wolves best the University of North Alabama, 38-23, in its first televised game of the season, but they also had the unexpected pleasure of having University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby and his wife, Amy, cheer them to victory while visiting President Sethna’s suite at University Stadium.

“We have enjoyed a spectacular Annual Fund campaign this calendar year,” said Frank Pritchett, director of alumni relations and annual giving. He explained that the Annual Fund includes the Go West for A DAY and Faculty and Staff campaigns, as well as the Alumni Phon-a-thon, which runs year round featuring students calling alumni across the country asking for their support of UWG and its students. “I commend our volunteer leadership for their passion to help us achieve our goals and mission, and our national alumni board which reached a first – 100 percent giving among the 36-member organization.”

To learn more about supporting UWG students, please visit the Office of Development and Alumni Relations’ Online Giving site.