GWU Thanks Donors with Colorful Campus Display

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“Plant Your Pinwheel” Project Also Offers Opportunity for Alumni, Students to Give to University During 2015 Homecoming Week

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C.—The center of Gardner-Webb University’s campus shines bright this week with the sparkling red, orange and silver colors of more than 2,000 pinwheels spinning in the breeze. As GWU Homecoming week festivities begin, the radiant display on the University Quad pays tribute to the institution’s generous donors who provide the core financial support for students and scholarships.

“We love our donors and want to thank them as we head into a high-traffic time on campus,” Mary Carlson, GWU director of donor relations, shared. “We decided Homecoming week was the perfect time to thank donors and, at the same time, engage students. We hope to show that all gifts, no matter the amount, can have a huge impact on students’ Gardner-Webb experience.”

In addition to recognizing each donor for the 2014-15 year, the “Plant Your Pinwheel” project offers an opportunity for students to donate to the University’s Annual Fund. The proceeds of each $3 pinwheel sold on the Quad this week will benefit Gardner-Webb scholarships.

Alumni and other members of the Gardner-Webb community will also be able to support the University prior to GWU’s Homecoming game against Liberty, which kicks off Saturday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. Pinwheels will be available at the Henderson Gate at Spangler Stadium.

Fundraiser organizers hope the pinwheel display will be successful and lead to annual events that publicly show appreciation for the University’s supporters. “Gardner-Webb’s donors are especially kind and thoughtful,” Carlson offered. “We are very grateful for their generosity and good will.”

For more information on the pinwheel project or supporting Gardner-Webb University, contact Carlson at 704-406-3008 or Sara McCall, director of the GWU Annual Fund, at 704-406-2475.

Located in Boiling Springs, N.C., Gardner-Webb University’s purpose is to advance the Kingdom of God through Christian higher education by preparing graduates for professional and personal success, instilling in them a deep commitment to service and leadership, and equipping them for well-rounded lives of lasting impact, Pro Deo et Humanitate (For God and Humanity).