The Garden City Telegram

Phonathon surpasses $80,000 goal

Becky Malewitz/Telegram Garden City Community College sophomore Joshua Welch makes phone calls on the first night of the 32nd annual Endowment Association Scholarship Phonathon.
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By The Telegram

The 33rd Annual Garden City Community College Endowment Association Phonathon surpassed its goal of $80,000.

Callers and contributors concluded the fund raising campaign the night of Oct. 11, reaching a total of $79,116 for academic and technical scholarships to assist GCCC students, and late arriving gifts and pledges have now pushed the final total to $81,081.

Jeremy J. Gigot, association executive director, explained that eight teams of callers worked Oct. 1 through 11 and drew $43,850 in phone pledges over eight nights. That was coupled with $35,266 in contributions, pledges and matching gifts that were mailed in as part of the association's two-part fall scholarship campaign, beginning in August. Since the final calls went out, an additional $1,965 has come in, putting the tally $1,081 past the objective.

The total from phone pledges built slowly over eight nights of calling, with an opening evening team of GCCC faculty and staff personnel raising $3,170 on Oct. 1, assisted by students from the Phi Theta Kappa academic honor society chapter. They were followed Oct. 2 by faculty, students and alumni from the GCCC Nursing and Allied Health Department, collecting $4,300; Oct. 3 by members of the GCCC meat judging team and Student Government Association, receiving $8,665; and Oct. 4 by the campus chapter of the Hispanic American Leadership Organization, with representatives of the Criminal Justice, Fire Science and Paramedic Programs, raising $3,700 together.

During the second week of the effort, the GCCC rodeo team worked the phones Oct. 8, bringing in $7,995; followed Oct. 9 by fine arts faculty, staff and students, with $3,685; and Oct. 10 by students and faculty from the GCCC Cosmetology Program, raising $2,510.

Final night calling duties Oct. 11 were handled by area and community residents who serve on the Endowment Association Board of Directors, along with members of the League of United Latin American Citizens, reaching an evening tally of $9,825. GCCC Ambassador Scholars and Project KANCO representatives also pitched in to help cross the finish line.

The phonathon took place under the theme, "Branding the Future," and about 200 volunteers assisted.

Initial results indicated that the association received 755 pledges, including 245 from first-time donors. Amounts ranged from $5 to $1,000.

While the calling component of the drive took place over eight evenings, the direct-mail phase of the campaign began in August, when more than 7,400 letters went out to GCCC alumni, friends and supporters.