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Dins Day raises more than $1.3 million

Furman University celebrated its third annual Dins Day on Tuesday, April 25, and, once again, the event turned out to be a huge success.

University officials said the 24-hour celebration generated 1,932 individual gifts totaling more than $1.3 million. Altogether, the three Dins Day events have raised more than $3.3 million in support of the university.

The last day of classes is reason enough for celebration.

“We are thrilled to have another successful fundraising effort that supports scholarships, academic departments, athletic teams, and many more programs at the university,” said Anne Fleming ’96, executive director of development communications at Furman and coordinator of the campaign. “It was also another record-breaking year both in terms of giving and social media reach.  We thank Paladins everywhere for showcasing their purple pride on Dins Day.”

While Furman students were entertained by a variety of events and games on campus and most of the Furman faculty and staff were dressed in purple on Dins Day, alumni, parents and other supporters from around the nation and world were connecting to the university through social media, using the #DinsDay.

For this year’s Dins Day, the university also added special events in Greenville, Atlanta, Charlotte, Charleston, Nashville, Washington, D.C., Columbia and Boston. There was also a daytime event at Nose Dive in downtown Greenville where alumni and friends celebrated with special guests that included Victor the Paladin, Stomper the Swamp Rabbit and Furman coaches Clay Hendrix (football), Bob Richey (men’s basketball) and Jackie Carson (women’s basketball).

“Dins Day” is modeled after similar 24-hour spirit and fundraising blitzes taking place at organizations around the country. More details about this year’s campaign can be found on the Dins Day homepage.

For more information, contact Anne Fleming at or (864) 294-3475.

Last updated April 26, 2017
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