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Giving Tuesday Donations Exceed Previous Year

Featured: Giving Tuesday Donations Exceed Previous Year

December 5, 2023

The Central College family raised more than $128,645 for scholarships and other college programs through Giving Tuesday donations on Nov. 28. This strong support for the college and its students came from 197 donors — a new high level of giving and participation for Giving Tuesday.

Giving Tuesday, a special day of giving to nonprofits around the globe, generated nearly $127,000 for the Journey Scholarship Fund. Central awards each new student a Journey Scholarship.

“The generosity of our Central family always warms my heart. I am so appreciative,” says Sunny Gonzales Eighmy, vice president for advancement and a 1999 Central graduate. “Gifts like these do a world o good for our students. We are so grateful.”

Donations to Central were doubled throughout the day thanks to several generous challengers who committed before Giving Tuesday and boosted its success. Challengers were Shirley Van Konynenburg Borgman ’55, Barb and Tom Gaard ’61, Rich ’62 and Mary Roorda Glendening ’62, Diane and Rick Hickman ’73, Wayne Holubetz and Julia Muyskens Ostendorf ’84, Michael Merson and Kathy Sikkema ’84, Dave ’86 and Kristi Jaarsma Balk ’88, Jeff ’87 and Kristin Sickler De Vries ’88, Aaron ’97 and Lisa Vander Wilt Shileny ’98 and Nathan ’10 and Lindsay Zylstra Nees ’11.

Central family members may still make a year-end gift to the college. The online donation page central.edu/give provides instructions on the various giving options and vehicles.