GALLOWAY — A digital and in-person fundraising marathon this weekend raised more than $100,000 to support academic programs and scholarships at Stockton University.
The inaugural Ospreys Give fundraiser began last Sunday afternoon and ended about midnight Monday online and at the Campus Center Grand Hall, lasting 1,969 minutes, a nod to the year Stockton was founded.
“The results of the day, both in number of gifts and total dollars raised, exceeded our expectations,” said Nick Sena, executive director of development and alumni affairs, who coordinated the event with Kelly Brennan, assistant director of annual giving.
Through the event, the college received 643 donations, exceeding its 500-gift goal. There also were several matching donor events and challenges, including one on whether Stockton University Bursar Tom Roth would have to jump in the ocean. He was thankful he was able to avoid the plunge.
Stockton President Harvey Kesselman and wife Lynne agreed to donate $5 for every gift made, up to $5,000. They celebrated the first 500 gifts by writing a check for $2,500 on the spot, then cutting the celebratory cake to mark having achieved the goal by early Monday evening.
“This incredible outpouring of support for Stockton is nothing short of amazing,” said Kesselman, whose final gift totaled $3,215.
The total amount raised by Monday night was $101,949.
Stockton’s new interim Chief Development Officer and Executive Director of the Stockton University Foundation Dan Nugent said participating in the event was the perfect welcome to Stockton.
“It was wonderful to share the energy and enthusiasm of the Stockton community and its supporters,” Nugent said. “I look forward to building on this success.”
Among the more than 75 beneficiaries of the event are the Atlantic City Scholarship Fund, the Student Relief Fund, the Stockton Center for Community Engagement, several athletic teams and a variety of scholarship programs.
Donations are still being accepted. Visit ospreysgive.stockton.edu for more information and to donate.