By Ashlan Kelly
On Friday, Oct. 27, Lynn University will be hosting its annual Day of Giving, #oneLynn. Organized by the Department of Alumni Affairs, the main focus is staying connected with Lynn alumni.
“We connect in all ways,” said Sara McAveney, alumni coordinator. “Recently, we have been connecting more through social media. Our school, students and alumni are very international. We have alumni living in 115 countries, so social media is a great way to stay connected and see what amazing things they are doing.”
The “one day. one goal. one Lynn.” effort serves to bring Lynn’s 13,000+ alumni alongside the Lynn community to raise the most donations in a single day’s time. The event is available to anyone and everyone, not just alumni.
“The Day of Giving is a 24 hour event where alumni are able to make a difference,” said McAveney. “Even the smallest donations can help to go toward a good cause. Most scholarships that enable students to attend Lynn are funded by donations. The day of giving helps to get everyone excited and also helps them reconnect to their alma mater.”
This day holds a large amount of significance for several reasons, such as the fact that it helps to bring Lynn alumni together for a good cause, allows alumni to show their LU pride and helps to show the community how donations are used, as well as why they are so important to the university.
When asked about the importance of donations, McAveney said, “Most people don’t realize where donations go. There is also confusion where tuition vs. donation dollars go. Most buildings, dorms and stadiums were built because of donations—not tuition. For instance, the new Perper Residence Hall was funded by donations.”
On the Day of Giving, there will be a happy hour for alumni at Dubliner in Mizner from 5-7 p.m., as well as gift challenges.
If alumni are interested in making a donation, they can do so through the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs. There is also a website for the Day of Giving—one.Lynn.edu for individuals to go donate. Individuals may also visit the new alumni website—Lynn.edu/alumni or visit Lynn.edu/give. All donors can choose where they want their donation to go towards.