April 11, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — In the University's second “All in for Wesleyan” challenge on April 2, Titans banded together and raised over $838,000 in one day.
It began with a $250,000 challenge gift from long-time supporters, the Egbers family, if the University could raise $250,000 from alumni and friends.
The challenge kicked off at midnight when over 500 students gathered in the Shirk Center for a "Dub After Dark" pep rally to show they were "All In."
Throughout the day, successive challenges were raised and met.
10 a.m. – The day's first participation challenge was issued. With 338 gifts to this point totaling just over $50,000, Howard '60 and Sharon '60 Fricke offered to make a $25,000 gift if we reach 600 gifts.
11 a.m. – The Wesleyan Wing challenge raised $5,000 with wings eaten by our elected contestants. Watch a video.
1 p.m. – Titans and friends passed the 600-gift threshold, earning the $25,000 Fricke Challenge Gift as a result. Then another familiar donor stepped up: John '82 and Joann Horton offered to make a $25,000 gift if we hit 1,000 gifts.
3 p.m. – The 1,000 gift challenge was reached, and a new challenge followed. Laura Randolph Oakey '92 and Jerry Oakey offered a $50,000 gift if 100 more donors come through before 4 p.m. CST.
4 p.m. – With more than 1,100 gifts totaling over $300,000, donors unlocked the Egbers $250,000 matching challenge. This brought the total raised to over $550,000. But the challenge didn't stop – an anonymous alum from the class of 1987 offered $100,000 if we reach 1,850 donors before midnight.
7 p.m. – Alumni and friends surpassed 1,500 gifts. With 350 more needed to get the $100,000 challenge from the anonymous class of 1987 alum donor, Jack Dickens '86 offered to put up $50 for each of the next 300 donors.
9 p.m. – Within 100 gifts of the goal, Titans weren't finished yet.
By midnight, we eclipsed our final goal of 1,850 gifts, and as a result received both the $15,000 and $100,000 challenge gifts that were still on the table.
It took nearly a week to tabulate the final numbers, but the final count showed 2,406 Titan alumni and friends making gifts to generously support student scholarships and University programs.
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