The Challenge is Crushed!
Aug. 27, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Alumni, friends, faculty, staff, parents and students rallied together in response
to a one-day giving challenge on July 17, to show that we're "All in for Wesleyan."
More than 2,500 donors raised approximately $480,000, including challenge gifts. Their
generous support will help keep an IWU education accessible to incredible students.
Some highlights, by the numbers:
The University's "All in for Wesleyan" challenge began when Illinois Wesleyan trustee
John Horton '82 and his wife, Joann, offered a gift of $100,000 if alumni and friends
could raise $50,000 in one day. This sparked an extraordinary day:
Noon – Our alumni and friends stepped up to the challenge and raised $50,000 before noon
on Wednesday, July 17.
1 p.m. – In addition, Howard '60 and Sharon '60 Fricke offered a $10,000 gift if 600 gifts
were given. That challenge was met before 1 p.m.
3 p.m. – Ed '62 and Lin Phelps offered the next challenge: $25,000 if over 1,000 gifts were
made on this day of giving. More alumni and friends answered the call and we crossed
the 1,000 gift mark before 3 p.m.
Continuing throughout the day, as one challenge was met, another was made: Korey '00
and Heidi Coon offered a $15,000 challenge if we could reach 1,200 gifts.
5 p.m. – That threshold was reached and yet another challenge came through after 5 p.m.:
Dr. Mike Sombeck '83 offered a gift of $25,000 if the number of donors reached 1,500.
Midnight – Titans got it done. And two more families, energized by the overwhelming response
thus far, sweetened the challenge for gifts made before midnight, CDT.
Dr. Randy '73 & Jodie Reed offered $25,000 and Ed '62 & Lin Phelps added $10,000 more
to match every new gift, dollar for dollar... up to a total of $35,000.
The money raised will go directly to student scholarships and financial aid. Supporters
were asked to make a gift of any size at www.iwu.edu/challenge – and spread the word #IWUchallenge.
Proud alumni came through with an outpouring on social media.
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