Westminster Celebrates 140 Years, Raises $39K in a Day

Apr 13, 2015

April 13, 2015 College holds campus-wide celebration in conjunction with "Day of Giving" SALT LAKE CITY - Sporting purple wigs, t-shirts and their favorite Griffin gear, more than 150 students, faculty, staff and alumni came out to celebrate Westminster's 140th birthday on April 10, 2015. Celebrants filled the Richer Commons to enjoy music, games, prizes-and even a cake shaped like Converse Hall-to recognize Westminster's founding in 1875. In addition to the birthday events, Westminster held its first "Day of Giving" to raise funds for student scholarships and programs. Raising more than $39,000 during the day, donors surpassed the college's initial goal of $30,000. "We would like to express our thanks to all the alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends who made our first Westminster Giving Day such a success," said Lynn Koenig, director of Westminster's annual giving. "We raised $39,410, far exceeding our '$30K In A Day' goal, and met all three of our $5,000 donor participation challenges. We finished the day with 270 donors." Alumna and former trustee, Ginger Giovale, generously issued three $5,000 challenge grants, for a total of $15,000. The additional $24,410 was donated by 269 alumni, faculty, staff, friends and parents. "These results are impressive and exceeded my expectations," added Steve Morgan, acting Westminster president. "It's a wonderful gift to the college for its 140th birthday. I know Ginger Giovale will be thrilled to know that her challenge grants made this kind of difference. We have an amazing Westminster community that can accomplish great things, and I'd like to give a special thanks to those that worked so hard to make this happen."  

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About Westminster

Westminster is a private, independent, and comprehensive college in Salt Lake City, Utah. Students experience the liberal arts blended with professional programs in an atmosphere dedicated to civic engagement. With the goal of enabling its graduates to live vibrant, just, and successful lives, Westminster provides transformational learning experiences for both undergraduate and graduate students in a truly student-centered environment. Faculty focus on teaching, learning, and developing distinctive, innovative programs, while students thrive on Westminster’s urban Sugar House campus within minutes of the Rocky Mountains.

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