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AMERICUS, GA (September 3, 2020) — On September 3, Americus Mayor Barry Blount signed a proclamation announcing Thursday, September 10, 2020 as the second annual Day of Giving for Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW).

GSW faculty, staff, and student-athletes turned out on Gold Force Thursday to witness Mayor Blount sign the proclamation and give his personal contribution for the upcoming Day of Giving to GSW President Neal Weaver, Ph.D.

“Georgia Southwestern is a vital asset to the economic growth of our community and region,” said Mayor Blount. “I consider GSW the flagship university for Southwest Georgia. I made my contribution, and I would like to encourage others to do the same on September 10. By contributing to GSW, we are furthering the opportunity for generations of students to come.”

This is GSW’s second Day of Giving which is a 24-hour giving challenge. Last year, the University raised $19,000 and plans to surpass that by raising $25,000 this year.

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

On Thursday, September 10, Hurricanes around the 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.

Student Success: Academics
GSW is committed to ongoing academic excellence. Contributions to support academic improvement will bolster existing programs and ensure enhancement of academic content.

Student Success: Engagement
Gifts toward student engagement ensure the continued development and support of programs to engage students in meaningful activities, thus increasing opportunities for success.

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.

Athletics Facility Improvement
Contributions will help offset the costs of upgrades to equipment and facilities, including the new indoor baseball/softball hitting and training facility.

In addition to online giving, those wanting to support the University on the Day of Giving can dine at one of the participating local restaurants. Pat’s Place, Carter’s Fried Chicken, The Farmhouse, 2 Duke’s BBQ, Wok N Wings, The Sheppard House, La Hacienda, Monroe’s Hotdogs, Gyro City Mediterranean Grill, Roman Oven Pizzeria, Toboggan Steve’s, The Fish House and Café Campesino will generously donate a portion of breakfast, lunch and dinner sales during certain hours toward the $25,000 goal.

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

Visit to learn more about the funds supported and the participating restaurant times on the Day of Giving.

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