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'A Day for Southern' raises $2.3 million for GSU

STATESBORO, GA (WTOC) -

Georgia Southern University supporters spent the day Tuesday asking people to donate to a university campaign that’s been around for more than 40 years.

Folks who lead “A Day for Southern” said it only makes sense to fuel the economic engine that drives this community. And they found plenty of donors, like Ronnie Pope, who said his clothing store gets business from GSU students, faculty and staff.

“I've said before, without Georgia Southern being here, we could not be what we are. We wouldn't have lasted 39 years,” said Pope, donor.

Volunteers have raised money like this for 42 years. This time, they hope to match or beat last year's $2 million total. The money helps fund scholarships for a marching band, a symphony, and athletic teams, things that add to the campus but not funded by the state budget.

“There are so many things at Georgia Southern that citizens in Statesboro are the beneficiaries of,” said Anthony Waters, Campaign Chair.

Scholarship students, like Jenny Shaffer, said those things help them pick Southern.

“I never even knew this went on. As a student, I just think it's so amazing that so much of the community wants to help the university,” said Shaffer, GSU student.

With the university bringing an economic impact of $840 million, Pope and others consider their donation a wise investment.

The total raised Tuesday was $2.3 million. 

"This is such a wonderful example of the partnership between the community and the university. I look at it as very dramatic evidence of how well we work together,” said Interim President Dr. Jean Bartels

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