Loras College finished its ninth Duhawk Day with a record 2,121 donors, surpassing the goal of 1,839 and exceeding the previous record set in 2019 of 1,895. The College’s community of students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents and friends joined forces to celebrate on Wednesday, March 10. All gifts received on Duhawk Day benefit current students and the entire campus, enhancing the student experience.
“What an incredible day,” Michael H. Doyle, J.D. (’91), vice president for advancement | treasurer, said. “It has been such a difficult year for so many people navigating their way through the pandemic, yet Duhawks stepped up in record fashion on Duhawk Day. I continue to be amazed by the passion and love that alumni, students, family, friends, faculty and staff have for Loras.”
Since 2013, Duhawk Day has provided an opportunity for the Loras community to celebrate, unite and support Loras College. Philanthropy is at the core of this day and impacts current and future generations of Duhawks, helping to prepare the future leaders of today’s world.
Duhawk Day 2021 provided the Loras community the opportunity to come together digitally in numerous ways throughout the 24-hour event. Friends of the College gathered digitally to celebrate together, dress in purple and gold and share photos and memories on social media. Students on campus also had multiple outlets to show their Loras spirit through contests and giveaways.
To encourage participation for Duhawk Day 2021, donors came forward with matching gift challenges to maximize the impact of the financial support shown throughout the day. These sponsored challenges help push the donor total over 2,000 for the first time in history, and with the help of a $100,000 challenge gift from an anonymous donor, nearly $600,000 was raised.
“It really feels special to be a part of such a supportive community,” Brien Nugent (’17), director of annual giving, said. “The commitment and support of the Loras community made this happen. I am grateful.”
The annual Loras event is scheduled to mark its tenth anniversary on March 9, 2022.