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Alumni association hosts Give4Good campaign event

May 12, 2016

STARLA GATSON

Staff Reporter | sjg021@ latech.edu

 

Debra Dicki (left) and Cole Nelson (right) play a game of corn hole at the Give4Good event hosted by the Louisiana Tech Alumni Association. Photo by Avery Bryan

Debra Dicki (left) and Cole Nelson (right) play a game of corn hole at the Give4Good event hosted by the Louisiana Tech Alumni Association. Photo by Avery Bryan

 

The North Louisiana community was given the opportunity to support Louisiana Tech’s current and future students during the “Bulldogs Give4Good Day” event.

 

 

On May 3, the Louisiana Tech Alumni Association joined the Community Foundation of North Louisiana’s “Give4Good” campaign for the first time. Give4Good is a 24-hour giving challenge to raise funds and increase support of various nonprofit organizations in North Louisiana.

 

 

Elaine Poynter, Tech’s director of annual giving, said all donations made for Tech will go toward funding scholarships for the university’s students.

 

 

“We’re just trying to get the word out about how important scholarships are,” Poynter said. “Private support has always been a part of students going to Tech, and it’s more important than ever these days.”

 

 

Tyson Baldwin, director of the Tech Athletic Club, said the fundraiser is especially important to the university because of Louisiana’s current issues with higher education funds.

 

 

“This is important for the well-being of Tech’s students and athletes, especially with what’s going on in the state with TOPS,” Baldwin said. “This will help to give students the same opportunities that I was afforded when I was a student.”

 

 

The Alumni Association also set up booths with food, games and music in Centennial Plaza to attract students’ attention and gain their support for the campaign.

 

 

“We want students to put pictures on social media, talk to their parents and to any alumni they know,” Poynter said. “We would also love to talk to some students who are some scholarship students and find out what it means to them. We just want them to get to know us and know what the foundation does for them.”

 

 

Jessica West, a sophomore agricultural business major, said she volunteered to be a part of the event because she wanted an opportunity to help fund scholarships for students who may not have the opportunity to go to college without them.

 

 

“It means a lot to me personally because I have scholarships,” West said. “So coming out here and seeing all these people come and support us is really cool.”

 

 

Les Guice, president of Tech, said he was glad to see the university’s involvement in this year’s event.

 

 

“We’re so excited to have everybody out here participating,” he said. “This is to get everybody in support of giving to a good organization that is, of course, Louisiana Tech.”

 

 

Poynter said she was pleased with the response to the campaign and said her expectations for the first year of the event had quickly been exceeded.

 

 

“Our goal was $5,000, and by noon we were close to $9,000,” she said. “We definitely hope to do this again, so if you missed us this time, be sure to look for us next year.”

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