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CMU shatters 1-day donation record

More than 1,000 donors fire up for anniversary drive

Contact: Heather Smith

The number to beat was 401. The goal was 500. The final tally: 1,149.

Central Michigan University marked its 125th anniversary Wednesday by shattering a record for number of donors in a single day.

CMU publicly called for at least 500 people to give on Sept. 13 — 125 years to the day from when the university opened in downtown Mount Pleasant. Donors more than came through.

“I am just blown away by the overwhelming response.” — Robert Martin, vice president for advancement

The 1,149 donors gave a total of $102,708. The former record was 401 donors who gave $52,873 during last year's Giving Tuesday event.

"I am just blown away by the overwhelming response from our alumni and friends to the 125th Anniversary Challenge," said Robert Martin, CMU vice president for advancement. "CMU Chippewas were really fired up.

"I am so pleased I am almost speechless." 

Other advancement highlights:

• On its first day, the Annual University Campaign received $11,000 online from 51 donors.

• Phonathon set an all-time single-donor record with 307 contributions.

• The university reached out to more than 40,000 people on Facebook.

Donors still are stepping up, including online.

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