On Thursday, April 12, hundreds of Bears came together to support Lenoir-Rhyne University for its inaugural 24-hour giving campaign, Bears Have Heart. The generosity, enthusiasm, and spirit of LR students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends made Bears Have Heart Giving Day 2018 a success.
The effort received more than 297 gifts totaling more than $97,797. The campaign doubled its original goal of 100 gifts by 2:30 p.m. At 9 p.m., the total number of gifts was almost triple the original goal.
"We are so grateful for the generosity of the entire LR family," University President Fred Whitt said. "Everyone showed impressive support for our student programs, and these gifts will have a lasting impact on our University community. It is truly a reflection of what it means to be a Bear."
An anonymous donor provided a $10,000 challenge in order to encourage donations and increase the impact of each gift. Social media was a big part of the effort, with friends sharing posts, watching videos, and showing their LR spirit. More than 6,000 Bears shared their LR pride on social media throughout the day and gifts ranged from $1 to $20,000.
To celebrate the day, Whitt sponsored a lunchtime picnic on Shaw Plaza for the campus community. The event featured music from the pep band, food, and fellowship. Additionally, LR coaches and professors participated in a dunking booth to raise money for the Fund for Lenoir-Rhyne.
Bears Have Heart Giving Day was a celebration of LR spirit and provided lasting impact for the students, faculty, and campus community. Although Bears Have Heart Giving Day is over, gifts can still be made online at lr.edu/IGive2LRU.