The University of Mary Washington held its single largest day of fundraising ever on March 14, Mary Wash Giving Day.
The event raised $217,255 in gifts and gift commitments from 1,090 donors. The total included $80,655 to the Fund for Mary Washington, to be used for such purposes as programs and events, unexpected student needs, career services, faculty programs, university publications, and areas of greatest need.
Other donation categories were arts and culture, UMW athletics, colleges and libraries, the Amphitheatre Challenge, scholarships, the President’s Impact Fund, and the senior class gift.
“The Mary Washington community near and far came together to give back in a big way,” President Troy D. Paino said in a video appreciation to donors. “Thanks to your generosity, we’ll be able to strengthen our tradition of excellence and meet students’ needs.”
A ceremonial Founders Day bell-ringing went as planned despite winter weather that forced cancellation of classes. The Carmen Culpeper Chappell Centennial Campanile bell pealed 109 times – once for every year since UMW’s founding.