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Dins Day ’18 raises over $1.5M for Furman University

During the 24-hour celebration, the global Furman community showed support by wearing purple, giving to the university and gathering with students, alumni and friends.

The Furman University community banded together April 24 for the fourth annual Dins Day, a 24-hour celebration of what it means to be a Paladin.

This year, alumni, students, parents and friends of the university contributed 2,380 gifts totaling $1,523,015. Altogether, the four Dins Day events have raised more than $4.8 million in support of Furman students, programs and initiatives.

“The generosity of the Furman community will continue to have a tremendous impact on many of the university’s top priorities, including scholarships, research and internships, study away experiences, athletics and more,” said Rebecca Bilott, associate director of development communications and coordinator of the campaign. “We extend our deepest appreciation to Paladins across the globe for their support.”

Students donned their purple and Paladin pride across campus, participating in a variety of events and activities, while Furman faculty and staff celebrated employee giving at the university’s annual employee appreciation luncheon. Alumni, parents and other supporters joined the festivities by taking part in giving challenges, and sharing photos on social media, using the #DinsDay.

The university hosted special events in Atlanta, Birmingham, Charleston, Charlotte, Columbia, Nashville, Raleigh-Durham and Washington, D.C. There was also a daytime event at M. Judson Booksellers in downtown Greenville where alumni and friends celebrated with special guests, including Furman First Gentleman Charles Davis, who signed copies of his cookbook “In the Kitchen at White Oaks.” The event culminated in a Dins Day happy hour and ribbon cutting of Furman on Deck, the newly renovated picnic pavilion at Fluor Field.

For more information about this year’s campaign, visit the Dins Day homepage.


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