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Americus Mayor Signs Proclamation declaring September 16th as GSW's Day of Giving

AMERICUS, GA (September 3, 2021) — On September 2, Americus Mayor Barry Blount signed a proclamation announcing Thursday, September 16, 2021 as the third annual Day of Giving for Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW).

GSW faculty, staff, and students turned out on Gold Force Thursday to witness Mayor Blount sign the proclamation for the upcoming Day of Giving alongside GSW President Neal Weaver, Ph.D.

This will be GSW’s third Day of Giving, which is a 24-hour giving challenge to raise funds and support for GSW. Last year, the University raised over $36,000. This year, the overall goal has increased to $50,000 and a gift from all 50 states.

Financial contributions will further enhance scholarships, student success, athletics, and campus facilities. Donations can be made on September 16 at, through PayPal, in person at the Newman Alumni House on campus, or mailed ahead of time to the GSW Foundation.

On Thursday, September 16, Hurricanes around the country and world—alumni, community members, parents, friends, neighbors, faculty, staff and students—will join together to support six causes:

  • Florrie Chappell Gymnasium Renovation
    The restoration of this 80-year-old historic building will bring it back to life, creating a recreational center at the hub of campus for students and community to enjoy.
  • Southwestern Promise Scholarships
    These scholarships, created in Hurricane Michael’s aftermath, automatically provide $1,000 and $2,000 to GSW freshmen living in the 56-county region of Southwest Georgia who meet certain academic requirements.
  • Carter Leadership Program
    Contributions to support the Carter Leadership Program will bolster existing programs and ensure enhancement of opportunities and involvement for the Program’s students.
  • Griffin Bell Conference Center Renovation
    The renovation of this popular venue will help foster local entrepreneurs with a makerspace and provide a modernized space for social functions and conferences.
  • GSW Athletics
    Your contribution to GSW Athletics includes, but is not limited to, support for athletic facility improvements, scholarships, and recruiting enhancements.
  • Southwestern Annual Fund
    This general-purpose fund provides a source of support for students as needs arise including conference expenses, extra-curricular learning programs, scholarship funding, emergency expenses, and textbook assistance.

In addition to monetary gifts, those wanting to support GSW on the Day of Giving can dine at one of the participating local restaurants. Carter’s Fried Chicken, Wolf Creek Plantation (Vineyard and Downtown locations), Pat’s Place, 2 Duke’s BBQ, Wok N Wings, The Sheppard House, La Hacienda, Monroe’s Hotdogs, Gyro City Mediterranean Grill, Roman Oven Pizzeria, The Fish House, Floyd's Pub, Rosemary & Thyme, Booger Bottom, and Café Campesino will generously donate a portion of their sales during certain hours toward the $50,000 goal.

Checks can be made out to the GSW Foundation and mailed to P.O. Box 926, Americus, GA 31709.

Visit or follow along on the Facebook event, GSW’s Day of Giving, to learn more about the funds supported and the participating restaurant times.