Thousands accept challenge, raise $1.5 million for GCC

Grove City College’s fourth annual Wolverine Challenge surpassed its goal and raised more than $1.5 million for scholarships and other campus priorities in just five days between Nov. 26 and 30.

The Wolverine Challenge has raised almost $5 million dollars over the last four years. Held during the week after Thanksgiving, this special fundraising effort provides an opportunity for generous alumni and friends to show their support for the vision, mission and values that define Grove City College.

“The Wolverine Challenge is really about raising awareness, inspiring, and engaging thousands of donors in a single week and providing them with a meaningful experience so that they continue their support in future years for this truly independent Christian college and its unique mission,” Powell said. “The overwhelming response to this year’s Challenge demonstrates how broad and deep that support is. We are grateful for every gift.”

The goal this year was to attract 2,556 donors to equal the number of students and faculty in the classrooms at Grove City College. When the clock struck midnight on Nov. 30, the total number of donors stood at 2,953. Together they raised exactly $1,504,937.75.

That figure includes $160,000 in challenge donations unlocked when benchmarks were met:

  • First 500 donors – $10,000 thanks to Elizabeth (Smith ’81) and Pete Hanley.
  • 1,000 donors – $20,000 thanks to John ’79 and Becky (Peterson ’78) Yanak and Jeff Yannuzzi ’79.
  • 2,000 donors – $30,000 thanks to Paul G. Benedum, Jr. Foundation and The Habbershon Family.
  • 2,500 donors – $50,000 thanks to Lisa (Adams ’78) Gordon and Scott Gordon and Ken Zeigler ’70.
  • 2,556 donors – $50,000 thanks to Bob and Judy (Young) Hallman ’60 and Ray ’56 and Marty Wile.

The Greek Giving Champion Cup, awarded with bragging rights to the fraternity or sorority that has the greatest percentage of alumni donors, went to Sigma Theta Chi sorority, which had 22 percent participation.

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Thousands accept challenge, raise $1.5 million for GCC

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