U of A Family Near and Far Go 'All In' for Record-Breaking Giving Day

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – All In for Arkansas, the University of Arkansas’ fourth annual giving day, set new records in 2019 by surpassing both the number of gifts and dollar amount received in previous years. Preliminary reports show that 1,420 gifts were made during the event, which celebrated the university’s 148th birthday. A total of $465,123 was raised for students, faculty and programs across campus.

This year’s event included more matches and challenges than ever before, including a $125,000 challenge gift to go toward the U of A’s new Student Success Center. The challenge was met once All In received its 1,000th gift. The center will serve all U of A students from a central location on campus when it is complete.

“Student success is a top priority of the university, and we were fortunate to have a generous donor bring attention to this effort through this challenge,” Chancellor Joe Steinmetz said. “The new Student Success Center will be the first of its kind in the SEC and will house the resources and support needed by our students to ensure their retention and graduation. From pre-enrollment to post-graduation, we believe in addressing these needs one student at a time.”

All In took place during a 1,871-minute period from 6 a.m. Wednesday, April 3, to 1:11 p.m. Thursday, April 4. The time period is in honor of the university’s founding year of 1871.

Throughout the day, contests were held with “bonus bucks” awarded to the winners’ designations of choice. Winners included:

  • Elizabeth Tipton of West Fork, winner of the “Early Bird Gets the Worm Challenge,” for being the first person to make a gift during the 2019 event. Tipton chose the Jane B. Gearhart Full Circle Food Pantry as her designation of choice for an extra $75 gift.
  • John Berry of Springdale, winner of the “Social Media Ambassador Team Challenge,” who brought in the largest number of gifts as a social media ambassador. Berry chose the University Housing Family Award as his designation of choice for an extra $500 gift.
  • Madalyn Mika of Rogers, Kevin Molder of Mabelvale and Kelly Hazenfield of Huntley, Illinois, winners of the “Newcomers Challenge.” Their gifts sparked an extra $200 to the designations of their choice – the Michael Collie Social Work Scholarship, Honors College Study Abroad and the Delta Gamma Alpha Omega Chapter Scholarship, respectively – after their names were randomly drawn from All In’s list of first-time donors.
  • Timothy Williams of West Lafayette, Indiana, winner of the #Allin4Arkansas Selfie Contest on social media, who won $200 in bonus bucks for the Department of Communication.
  • Emma Kate Dillon of Joplin, winner of the #uarkbirthday Instagram Contest, who won $200 in bonus bucks for Senior Walk Preservation.
  • Lauren Horne of Prairie Grove, winner of the #partylikeapig Pet Photo Contest, who won $200 in bonus bucks for Supply Chain Student Organizations.
  • Teresa Gray of Little Rock, winner of the #HogwildFamily Photo Contest, who won $200 in bonus bucks for the Jeff Shannon Endowment in Architectural and Design Studies.
  • Victoria Maloch of Cambridge, United Kingdom, winner of the #HogsAbroad Photo Contest, who won $200 in bonus bucks for the Women’s Giving Circle.
  • Lauren Moore of Waxahachie, Texas, winner of the #RazorbackRomance Photo Contest, who won $200 in bonus bucks for the Engineering Early Career Advisory Council Scholarship.
  • Rebecca Moses Funderburg of Fayetteville, winner of the #futureRazorback Photo Contest, who won $200 in bonus bucks for the Jane B. Gearhart Full Circle Food Pantry.
  • Emma Clark of Longview, Texas, winner of the #AllinPartyCart Photo Contest, who won $100 in bonus bucks for the Jane B. Gearhart Full Circle Food Pantry.
  • Florinda Ridge of Tahlequah, Oklahoma, winner of the “Last Hog Standing Challenge,” who won $75 in bonus bucks for the Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation after making the last unique gift of the event.

The R.O.C.K. Camp Scholarship Fund received $1,500 in bonus bucks at the on-campus Birthday Bash on April 3, as a result of the U of A Trivia, Mystery Cake Testing and Hogwild Hula Hoop contests. The contests were an All In first, adding to the excitement of the celebration taking place on the Hill and the virtual celebration occurring around the globe.

“All In for Arkansas embodies the spirit of collaboration that we celebrate on our campus,” said Mark Power, vice chancellor for university advancement. “It’s uplifting to see the university community united in a common cause and the show of support that results from our extended network of alumni and friends.

“Over the last four years, All In for Arkansas has raised nearly $1.5 million for initiatives across campus,” Power added. “This truly shows the power of grassroots efforts and the pride and passion of current, former – and even future – members of the Razorback family. This momentum will carry us through the end of Campaign Arkansas next year, as we celebrate the many ways private gift support has impacted our campus.”

For a complete recap of All In for Arkansas, visit allinforarkansas.uark.edu.

About Campaign Arkansas: Campaign Arkansas is the ongoing capital campaign for the University of Arkansas to raise private gift support for the university’s academic mission and other key priorities. The campaign’s goal is to raise $1.25 billion to support academic and need-based scholarships, technology enhancements, new and renovated facilities, undergraduate, graduate and faculty research, study abroad opportunities and other innovative programs. The University of Arkansas provides an internationally competitive education for undergraduate and graduate students in a wide spectrum of disciplines as it works to fulfill its public land-grant mission to serve Arkansas and beyond as a partner, resource and catalyst.

About the University of Arkansas: The University of Arkansas provides an internationally competitive education for undergraduate and graduate students in more than 200 academic programs. The university contributes new knowledge, economic development, basic and applied research, and creative activity while also providing service to academic and professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation classifies the University of Arkansas among fewer than 2.7 percent of universities in America that have the highest level of research activity. U.S. News & World Report ranks the University of Arkansas among its top American public research universities. Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas comprises 10 colleges and schools and maintains a low student-to-faculty ratio that promotes personal attention and close mentoring.


Jennifer Holland, director of development communications
University Relations
479-575-7346, jholland@uark.edu


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