Giving Day a Success

Giving Day a Success

On April 10, Bluejays raised a record number of gifts for the second annual Creighton Giving Day. 

More than 3,200 individual donors gave nearly $900,000 to dozens of areas of campus. That’s about 500 more donors and $150,000 more in gifts than last year. 

“Giving Day began two years ago, and it’s a celebration that brings the entire Creighton family together,” said Matt Gerard, Vice President for University Relations, “including students, alumni, friends, faculty and staff.” 

For the School of Medicine, more than 250 individual donors gave a total of more than $140,000 to such causes as the Global Surgery Fellowship Fund, the Stethoscope Program, the School of Medicine Dean’s Endowed Scholarship Fund, the School of Medicine Alumni Advisory Board Scholarship, the Physician Assistant Program Scholarship Fund and Project CURA. 

When the School of Medicine Dean’s Endowed Scholarship Fund surpassed 100 donors, it unlocked an additional $100,000 in challenge funds from a School of Medicine alumnus from the class of 1981. 

The School of Medicine Alumni Advisory Board Scholarship received an additional $25,000, thanks to the generosity of Steve Brzica, MD’70. 

The money raised by Project CURA will help send medical students on service-learning trips to such places as Guatemala, India, Peru, Uganda, Vietnam and the Pine Ridge Native American reservation in South Dakota. 

“I would say as a prospective medical student, Project CURA is one of the big things that applicants are drawn to at Creighton University,” said Mary Conklin, a freshman in the School of Medicine. “So, we just appreciate any support in any way possible so we can keep doing these trips.” 

Alumni who missed Giving Day can still make a gift online via the School of Medicine general scholarship fund page or by contacting Michon Marcil Abts, Senior Director of Development for the School of Medicine, at MichonAbts [at] creighton [dot] edu or 402.280.1138.