Gettysburgives Challenge raises $2.09 million in only 36 hours

During the College’s fifth annual Gettysburgives Challenge on February 12-13, donations flowed in from across the country and around the world—all in support of Gettysburg students.

This year, the stakes were raised as the College set an ambitious goal of obtaining gifts from 3,000 donors to unlock $1 million in Challenge funds. These funds were provided by generous Gettysburgives benefactors David ’75 and Dorothy Brennan P’00; Craig Disher ’66; Mack ’03 and Rebecca Malinowski ’04 Farquhar; Lewis and Deborah Feldstein P’21; Bob Garthwait Jr. ’82; Bob and Doris Klimowicz P’16, P’19; Jonah Lucas ’16; Matt Nielsen ’94; Peter ’84 and Susan Pahides ’83 Schultz P’13; Joe and Maureen Shalleck P’20; Barry ’65 and Barbara Wenger ’65 Shaw; and Sheraz and Maliha Sheikh P’22.

We’re proud to announce that we’ve once again surpassed our fundraising goals, earning gifts from 3,309 donors, totaling $1,091,274 in new gifts and commitments. To help drive us past the 3,000-donor mark, we received an additional $125,000 from an anonymous donor. Add in the $1 million put forward by our loyal alumni and parent benefactors, and we raised a grand total of $2,091,274 for Gettysburg College!

As part of the Gettysburgives Challenge, we also held successful mini-challenges. For the Student & Family Challenge, our first-year class soared to victory. Meanwhile, football and women’s golf gained the edge in the Bullets Team Challenge, earning $2,500 for their sports teams.

Many of this year’s donors gave in honor of President Janet Morgan Riggs ’77 and her exemplary leadership and dedicated service to Gettysburg College—a touching tribute to a truly beloved Gettysburgian.

A special thank you to all who made this giving event such a great success! Every gift advances our mission, strengthens our College, and empowers our students.

By Mike Baker
Posted: 02/13/19