Reinhardt’s ‘A Day’ fundraiser now underway
by Michelle Babcock
September 18, 2013 12:45 AM | 1337 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Reinhardt’s ‘A Day’ fundraiser helps finance local students through scholarships, and this year two influential business leaders are heading up the campaign. Chairman Rod Drake, right, Canton area manager for Georgia Power Co., and Vice Chair Dale Morrissey, left, of Cherokee Bank, are leading the 2013-14 A Day for Reinhardt.
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Reinhardt’s ‘A Day’ fundraiser helps finance local students through scholarships, and this year two influential business leaders are heading up the campaign. Chairman Rod Drake, right, Canton area manager for Georgia Power Co., and Vice Chair Dale Morrissey, left, of Cherokee Bank, are leading the 2013-14 A Day for Reinhardt.
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Reinhardt University’s Cherokee County Grant Program continues to support local students, and the annual “A Day” fundraiser campaign is now underway to fund the project, with $9,500 of its $110,000 goal already raised.

The campaign started in 1988 as an effort to bring more local students to Reinhardt, and Barbara Manous, director of annual giving, said it continues to be a great success.

Manous said $227,000 in scholarships were awarded to 249 local students to attend Reinhardt in 2012-13, funded by the A Day program.

“An educated community is a better community for all,” Manous said. “We’ve gotten a lot more students from everywhere. About a third of our students are from Cherokee County.”

The university matches whatever money is raised by the campaign, and last year’s A Day funds exceeded the $100,000 goal, Manous said.

“The community is very supportive,” Manous said. “If you give, you’re doubling your money.”

Manous has been working with the A Day campaign for more than 15 years, and said every donation meets a

goal, Manous said.

“The community is very supportive,” Manous said. “If you give, you’re doubling your money.”

Manous has been working with the A Day campaign for more than 15 years, and said every donation makes a difference.

“The banks have always supported us and most of the businesses, almost all the large businesses do support us,” Manous said. “It comes from small gifts of $10 all the way up to, we had one $25,000 gift.”

Manous said, since the A Day Tour of Homes was so successful for last year’s campaign, another one is in the works for this A Day fundraiser.

“We are in the process of securing three homes for the tour,” Manous said. “It’ll be in April of 2014.”

Reinhardt alumna and vice chair for this year’s A Day campaign, Dale Morrissey, vice president of Cherokee Bank, said helping local students is her driving force for working on the campaign.

“I’ve been involved with the A Day campaign for many years,” Morrissey said. “I enjoy doing it because it gives me an opportunity to help students out there that may not have the opportunity to attend college, but by providing scholarships and other financial avenues for them, it brings pleasure and a sense of satisfaction that you’re able to help some of those kids out.”

Morrissey’s husband is a teacher and coach at Sequoyah High School, and Morrissey earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Reinhardt in 1999.

She has been on the alumni board for several years, and said that local business leaders have always been very supportive of the university’s fundraiser.

“It’s just amazing to me the support that the community has given Reinhardt through the A Day campaign, I personally have always had very positive feedback from the business leaders in the community,” Morrissey said. “Everybody has always been very supportive with their contributions.”

Canton area manager for the Georgia Power Company and the chairman for this year’s A Day campaign, Rod Drake, said Cherokee has many unique benefits for residents, including Reinhardt.

Drake has lived in Cherokee for 10 years with his wife of 42 years, and has served on the boards of many organizations, including the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce.

“Living in eight different communities throughout Georgia during my 40-year career with Georgia Power, I would have to say none have measured up to Cherokee County,” Drake said in a news release.

Since the first A Day in 1988, Cherokee County students have received more than $3 million in grants.

Manous said the campaign has changed over the years, mostly because the goal for fundraising has gotten larger.

“It’s called A Day because, in the beginning, all the volunteers went out and collected all their money on a day, and that was usually the first Thursday in October,” Manous said.

Since the campaign is now too big to do on one day, the fundraising is ongoing, and Morrissey said it’s worth the effort to help make Reinhardt a possibility for more local students.

“It helps those students that just wouldn’t be able to be at Reinhardt,” Morrissey said. “When you see the work that you’ve put into it, and you see the positive feedback, that makes it all worthwhile.”

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