Elon Day promotes community, gift giving

Elon Day is a day to connect Elon University students, families, faculty and staff both on campus and off. This year’s theme “We Are Elon” promotes just that.

Keren Rivas, assistant director of university communications for alumni communications, explained the importance of Elon Day and why this year’s theme of “We Are Elon” was chosen.

Elon Day was first launched in 2014 as a celebration of the university’s 125th anniversary. But, because of its great success, the day has continued and become an annual tradition the Elon community can look forward to every year.

Last year, Elon Day raised $955,099 for the university. According to Megan McClure, director of advancement communications, the university hopes to break that record again this year.

“We want to see things grow,” McClure said.

McClure talks about the importance of Elon Day
Elon University’s official Instagram promotes Elon Day each year

People donating to the university can also choose where they want their gift to go. Some of the most popular areas to donate to are athletics, scholarships and the Elon experiences, such as study abroad.

There are also many ways Elon alumni can get involved. McClure said that each regional alumni chapter will be hosting an Elon Day party in their area. There will be Elon Day parties everywhere from California to London.

Class of 2015 alumnus Dan Sheehan said he hopes to attend one of these regional alumni Elon Day parties in New York City.

Though Elon Day makes an impact on many students across campus, many still do not know what the event is supposed to represent or what the purpose is.
“I don’t really know what it’s supposed to represent,” sophomore Sarah Oberman said. Oberman remembered that last year Elon announced its new rebranding on Elon Day, but she didn’t know the day’s purpose was fundraising.

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