Americus mayor signs proclamation declaring Oct. 10 as GSW’s inaugural Day of Giving

Published 9:25 pm Friday, October 4, 2019

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AMERICUS  — On Thursday, Americus Mayor Barry Blount signed a proclamation announcing Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, as the inaugural Day of Giving for Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW).

GSW faculty, staff, students, and even Surge (the school mascot) listened as Blount read the public statement of support from the City of Americus recognizing GSW as a vital asset to the community and economic growth.

This is GSW’s first time hosting a Day of Giving which will serve as a 24-hour giving challenge to bring the campus and surrounding community together in an effort to raise money and awareness for University projects.

On Oct. 10, Hurricanes around the world — alumni, community members, parents, friends, neighbors, faculty, staff, and students — will join together to support five causes that enhance athletics, scholarships, student success, academics, and facility improvements.

Five funds have been selected by the GSW Foundation with a goal of $1,000 each:

  • 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 new 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. (Those living outside the area may fill out an application.)

  • Academic Improvement

GSW is committed to academic innovation and excellence. All contributions to this fund will go towards HIPO (High Impact Practice Opportunity) grants which bolster faculty and staff research projects and activities to enhance the student learning experience.

  • Southwestern Annual Fund

This fund encompasses general needs of the GSW student body, including program development, scholarships, events, and other miscellaneous items.

  • Athletics Facility Improvement

An indoor hitting and training facility is underway for baseball and softball players. Support of this new GSW Athletics 9,000 sq. ft. facility will benefit current student-athletes and allow baseball/softball coaches to recruit high-level athletes.



In addition to online giving, those wanting to support GSW on the Day of Giving can help spread the word on social media by sharing the Facebook event or eating at one of the participating local restaurants during a certain time frame. Pat’s Place, Little Brother’s Bistro, Monroe’s Hotdogs, Gyro City Mediterranean Grill, Roman Oven Pizzeria, Toboggan Steve’s, and Café Campesino will generously donate a portion of lunch and dinner sales to the Day of Giving.

Visit for more information on the Day of Giving.