One Day, One Dayton raises over $2.7M for flyer advancement

Photo of the food truck rally courtesy of Dipierro.

Grace Dipierro

Staff Writer

This year marks the University of Dayton’s third annual Giving Day. One Day, One Dayton is UD’s 24 hour fundraiser designed to encourage Flyers to rise to the occasion and raise money for the university. 

This year’s One Day, One Dayton took place on April 14, which coincided with the university’s one day mini-break for students. 

The money raised will go toward academics, scholarships, athletic programs and student organizations. Donations were made to all parts of UD, especially parts that made lasting impacts in the lives of Flyers, past, present and future.

According to an Instagram post from the Students for University Advancement (SUA), “when our community comes together, the collective impact of dollars raised is HUGE.” 

In their caption on the same post, SUA said that One Day, One Dayton is a way for UD to promote our Catholic and Marianist mission, allowing us to “open our doors to more students. We provide hands-on experiences to inspire all Flyers to lead and serve as soon as they graduate.”

Junior accounting major Kayla Lenahan shared her thoughts on One Day, One Dayton. 

“There are so many different opportunities that I have been able to have at the university of Dayton that have been so incredible, formative and life changing for the person I am today and I have donors to thank for that,” Lenahan said. 

Lenahan continued that “to be able to be a part of One Day, One Dayton and leave that legacy for other students coming in, I don’t know how I couldn’t be a part of it.”

Students practicing social distancing at the food truck rally. Photo courtesy of Dipierro.

Drew Moyer, junior communication management major, also shared that UD has been instrumental in providing opportunities for him to “grow professionally, personally and really develop into the young leader that I want to be.” 

When students donate, they can give to any area that they like. 

“You can specify where your gift goes and make sure it goes somewhere that you care about,” Moyer said. 

Moyer was able to donate to UD’s Counseling Center. 

“I made sure my gift goes somewhere I really care about and I know it impacts students I truly care about, which is really important to me,” Moyer added. 

In addition to donating, students participated in a number of events and activities taking place both in-person and virtually.

The 5K Run/Walk for Student Success was one event held in honor of One Day, One Dayton. Flyers and friends virtually participated in the 5K from April 10 to April 14 to raise money for UD.

Stuart Field hosted the Residential Rivalry Kickball Tournament, an elimination style tournament between teams of seven players from different residential areas on campus. Stuart Field also offered free snacks and Sweet P’s Ice Pops for students to indulge in.

And speaking of food, students also got to enjoy a food truck rally that was brought to campus. Several local food truck vendors set up shop in the parking lot to cater to UD students. Music at the food truck rally was provided by Flyer Media.

To end the day of giving, there was a virtual trivia contest sponsored by Campus Activities Board (CAB), the Office of Advancement and UD Alumni. Flyers participated in several rounds of trivia, with prizes given to the winners of each round.

Additionally, students in the Student Neighborhood participated in a sheet sign contest to show their Flyer spirit for the fundraiser. 

Students created sheet signs that promoted One Day, One Dayton and displayed it on their porch. The best sheet sign designs will receive awards for creativity, Flyer spirit and one for people’s choice.

One Day, One Dayton surpassed its goal of 3,700 donors and raised over $2.7 million that will directly support the Flyer community. 

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