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The Western Challenge Breaks Record, Exceeds Goal

April 25, 2019

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MACOMB, IL -- For the third consecutive year, The Western Challenge - held in conjunction with Western Illinois University's Purple & Gold Day April 24 - broke a fundraising record AND exceeded its goal.

Leatherneck pride was in full force April 24 as this year's event set a record, raising $188,759, with 897 donors. Last year's 24-hour online giving event set a record, raising $153,679, with 851 donors. Gifts streamed in for a variety of departments, programs, resources, scholarships and special projects, from the wee hours of the morning to the evening's end.

"This event shows the incredible pride and support that our alumni and friends have for Western Illinois University. We are so deeply appreciative of the 897 individuals for the opportunities they have created for our students and faculty, as well as their continued commitment to WIU," said Annual Fund Director Tim Hallinan.

This year's event included 12 challenges and matches, which increased donor involvement for specific areas and departments on campus, such as academic colleges, University Housing and Dining Services and the Mascot Memorial Project.

"I offer my most sincere gratitude to those who donated or participated in Purple & Gold Day, as well as The Western Challenge. I also want to congratulate Tim Hallinan for his extraordinary efforts and initiative. His leadership of annual giving at Western, and the Western Challenge, is to be commended," said Vice President for Advancement and Public Services Brad Bainter. "It was a great day, and certainly one that gives us great hope and inspiration for Western's future. Our alumni and friends support our students, our programs, and our University. They believe in Western Illinois University, and events such as this demonstrate to our current and future students that Western is a place with people who will help them succeed."

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