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University supporters raise money during A Day For Southern

A room of volunteers heard motivating stories from two Georgia Southern students who said they've benefitted from A Day For Southern.

The first, Eagles football player Manrey Saint-Amour, who said his athletic scholarship was the deciding factor in attending Southern. The second, Laynie Brown, is a member of the university's honors program. She said the honors program was just one of the reasons she stayed in her hometown of Statesboro to continue her education.

The 144 volunteers then hit the streets to ask donors to help A Day For Southern raise $1 million for the 15th straight year. Many who give to the campaign recognize the university as the community's largest economic engine. Phyllis Thompson, 2013 campaign chair, quote figures that the university brings more than $500 million to the region's economy through faculty/staff salaries, student retail and housing spending, and university construction projects.

"This day is a chance for the community to say thank you to the university and help it fund some of the things that make our community better," Thompson said.

Thompson explained to the volunteers that the campaign helps fund university programs not funded through the state budget. That list includes many academic or athletic scholarships, a museum, a marching band and more.

Supporters can donate online by clicking here.

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