Students invited to celebrate philanthropy, direct $1,000 in donations

October 7, 2015  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — On Wednesday (Oct. 14) Purdue students will have an opportunity to direct $1,000 of charitable contributions to deserving campus units. The Purdue Foundation Student Board (PFSB) and University Development Office are hosting a campus-wide celebration during which students can decide which four areas of campus will receive $250 each in donations.

“This is an exciting time to be a Purdue student,” said Luke Nolting, a senior business management major and vice president of events for PFSB. “Our campus is a vibrant and welcoming place that is full of opportunity. We’re excited to offer this chance to support Purdue in such an impactful way.”

The event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Memorial Mall. Students can vote at the event to determine which programs and organizations will receive a gift. Besides $1,000 in charitable contributions, the Purdue Foundation Student Board and development office will also offer special Purdue giveaways, free treats and photo opportunities.

“We are expecting a fun and lively atmosphere,” said Alyssa Begle, a senior in speech, language and hearing sciences and PFSB president. “The event is not only a chance for students to get involved in deciding the fate of these donations, but it’s also a thank you for their participation in some of our university’s biggest fundraising initiatives.”

The last opportunity students had to be so involved in giving back to campus, they responded in record numbers. The 2015 Purdue Day of Giving raised $13.7 million in 24 hours, the largest total for a single-day fundraising campaign in all of higher education. More than 9,500 donations from students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of Purdue contributed to the historic achievement. All of the money raised during the April event was distributed among 45 participating units and programs, including the Purdue Scholarship Fund.

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Writer: Charlie Henry, 765-496-2644,

Source: April Headdy, 765-494-7753, 

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