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ONE DAY, only ONE place like Dayton

By Danielle Damon '18

“Today is #1Day1Dayton where I realized the opportunities I have had are the result of those before me,” sport management major Alex Reilly ’20 posted on Twitter last Wednesday. “I now ask for your help so future Flyers can have the same opportunities.”
 
The University of Dayton has been providing opportunities to students like Alex since 1850. On April 10, UD’s inaugural giving day, the University set out to raise an ambitious 1,850 gifts — of any size — in 24 hours.
 
We reached that goal before noon.
 
After counting all gifts made online or in person before midnight, 5,638 donors participated to raise over $840,000!
 
Nearly tripling our goal, however, was not the craziest part. Current students took the pilot’s seat on giving day as the classes of 2019-2022 were among the top five performing class years.
 
In fact, current juniors donated more than any other class, and nine out of the 10 classes with the most donors consisted of young alumni.
 
“It is so awesome to be a part of a community that cares so much about one another,” communication major Nat Schulte ’20 tweeted the evening of One Day, One Dayton.
 
These results and comments exemplify what giving day was all about. It was never about a dollar amount, but joining together as One Dayton to ensure the door will always be held open for the next generation of Flyers. The day also showed that our community, from first year students to Golden Flyers, understands that giving back is an important vote for UD. This One Day demonstrated we care and believe enough in our University to support it.
 
Everyone was sharing their own reasons for voting yes for UD on social media.
 
“I chose to donate because UD changed my life,” pre-physical therapy graduate Ellie Wenzinger ’18 wrote on Facebook. “Campus Ministry and the School of Education and Health Sciences gave me many opportunities to grow both academically and in my faith. I cannot thank everyone who was a part of my UD journey enough.”
 
Because of the overwhelming support from our current students, alumni, faculty and staff, family, and friends, UD will continue to change lives. Thank you to those who believe in the value of the UD experience, the uniqueness of our community, and supported One Day, One Dayton.
 
In the words of a tweet sent by operations and supply management major Jillian DeWitt ’20 on giving day, “There is no place quite like UD.”

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