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Old Dominion University’s Day of Giving is a Roaring Success

The 24 Hour Roar, Old Dominion University's Day of Giving, met its goal to help 86 students tackle financial hardship, one for every year of the University's existence.

Old Dominion donors came through in dramatic fashion, giving $380,000 during the 24-hour campaign, a rate of nearly $16,000 per hour. More than 1,300 gifts were pledged during the ODU Day of Giving.

The ODU Day of Giving was an online challenge issued to alumni, parents, students and friends of the University to make a statement of support for Old Dominion.

Gifts to the University allow it to grow in ways that other funding cannot accomplish. Scholarships, special acquisitions, equipment purchases and the creation of endowments to attract and retain top students and faculty are just a few of the ways private gifts enhance the quality of an Old Dominion University education.

Throughout the day on March 14, Give2ODU social media platforms featured videos from Old Dominion celebrities such as Tim Seibles, professor of English and Poet Laureate of Virginia; Jay Harris, ESPN SportsCenter anchor; Johnson & Johnson executive and ODU Board of Visitors member Toykea Jones; WVEC personality Ashley Dennis; Robert Bowen, executive director of the Norfolk Airport Authority; John Small, owner of Norfolk restaurant Small's Smokehouse; Remica Bingham-Risher, ODU director of writing and faculty development; and ODU basketball alums Darius James and Nik Biberaj.

Results are listed on the 24 Hour Roar website www.give2odu.com.

To find out more about the 24 Hour Roar, follow Old Dominion University's Office of Development on the following social media platforms:

Facebook - www.facebook.com/Give2ODU

Twitter - @Give2ODU

Instagram - @Give2ODU