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The world has heard the Gators holler!
On Giving Day, Gators smashed expectations and set a record for the most gifts gathered in a single day.
From Afghanistan to Zephyrhills, FL, Gators gave – and then gave some more – during Stand Up & Holler, UF’s inaugural giving day. Before 5 p.m. on February 26, Gators had blown past the initial goal of 5,000 gifts. In the end, over 11,000 gifts were made, all to benefit UF students and programs and help push UF into the Top 5 of public universities.
“We asked alumni and friends to ‘holler’ and instead they roared,” said UF President Kent Fuchs. “Their response is proof that there is absolutely nothing the University of Florida and the Gator Nation cannot accomplish when we come together for a great cause.”
Here, a few Stand Up & Holler milestones:
– Nicole Neal
First gift made on Giving Day: $1 at 12:05 a.m. from Fleming Island, FL
5,000th gift: $250 at 4:37 p.m. from Satellite Beach, FL
8,500th gift: $1,000 at 8:34 p.m. from Vero Beach, FL
10,000th gift: $10 at 9:34 p.m. from Plant City, FL
Total gifts: 11,535
Colleges that received the most gifts: 1. College of Journalism and Communications (696), 2. Warrington College of Business (582), 3. Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering (523)
Number of states that participated: All 50
Gifts made in Florida: 4,449. Followed by Georgia (325), Texas (157), North Carolina (125), New York (118).
Countries outside of U.S. from which gifts were sent: Afghanistan, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, China, Colombia, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom
Impressions on Twitter: 1.2 million
Video views on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram: almost 207,000
Colleges that raised the most money: 1. College of Medicine ($3.5 million), 2. College of Liberal Arts and Sciences ($671,735), 3. Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering ($591,463)
Total amount raised: $12.6 million
The Day in Photos
On Giving Day, Gators Roared