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Bulloch County helps Georgia Southern meet another record-setting goal

The 2006 edition of ‘A Day for Southern” continued the growing tradition of Georgia Southern University.

Bulloch County’s business and professional community contributed a record-setting $1,271,823 to the University during the 33rd annual one-day fund drive on Tuesday, Sept. 12.

It marked the ninth year in a row that ‘A Day for Southern” surpassed the $1 million mark. This year’s total saw a $50,000 increase, shattering the old record of $1,220,334, which was established in 2005.

Proceeds from ‘A Day for Southern” go to the Georgia Southern University Foundation and Southern Boosters, two not-for-profit organizations that build the University’s ‘margin of excellence” in academics and athletics.

‘Together We’re Better” was the theme for the 2006 campaign, which was chaired by Dr. H. William Perry, who served as pastor of First Baptist Church until his retirement in 2004. Some 200 volunteers solicited donations from approximately 1,100 members of the Bulloch County business and professional community during this year’s event.

The Georgia Southern Foundation uses a significant portion of the proceeds to help pay for the scholarships that are necessary to attract academically gifted students to campus.

In addition, ‘A Day for Southern” proceeds are used to support cultural and educational attractions like the Botanical Garden, the Georgia Southern Museum, the Performing Arts Center, and the Center for Wildlife Education and the Lamar Q Ball Jr. Raptor Center.

‘A Day for Southern” benefits Southern Boosters, too. The organization manages money for student-athlete scholarships and supports the athletic department, which fields teams that compete in 15 varsity sports at the NCAA Division I level.

For more information on ‘A Day For Southern,” call (912) 681-5680.

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