Alumni, community members and Augusta University faculty, staff and students once again demonstrated support for their university and health system by making the fall 2015 IGRU campaign a triumph.
From day one, when faculty and staff pledged $250,000, which was up 20 percent from last year’s first-day total, the IGRU campaign exceeded expectations. Final faculty and staff donations totaled over $337,000 — an impressive show of support for the future of our university and health system.
On Oct. 9, the final tally was announced at the Alumni BBQ on the Summerville Campus. The campaign raised a grand total of $1,077,964, handily surpassing the $1 million goal. This is the highest amount ever raised by the IGRU campaign and the first time the amount has exceeded $1 million.
“Raising over $1 million is a truly remarkable achievement, and we could not have reached this goal without the generosity of Augusta University’s faculty, staff, alumni, donors and community partners,” President Brooks Keel said. “Gifts of all amounts have led to this accomplishment, and these funds will help us continue to provide innovative learning opportunities to our students.”
“The success of this year’s fundraising campaign is a testament of the strong commitment our supporters have to the faculty, students and researchers at the university and health system,” said Rick Toole, chairman of the IGRU Community Campaign and president of W.R. Toole Engineers Inc. “With the help of this fundraiser, the community can take pride in knowing they played a role in positioning Augusta University to be one of the nation’s leading research institutions.”
Gifts are directed to benefit any of the nine Augusta University colleges, the health system, university athletics, the Children’s Hospital of Georgia or other specific programs.
Thank you to everyone who gave so generously!
To complement the Alumni BBQ celebration, there was live entertainment and a Kid’s Zone with games and inflatables, followed by an evening fireworks display.
For more information about the IGRU campaign, visit giving.gru.edu/IGRU.
Enjoy these photos from some of the many campaign events. To make a gift, please visit giving.gru.edu/igru.