Leha Byrd 
ECSU Communications and Marketing          
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ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (April 2, 2024) – After exceeding its goal by more than $63,000 dollars in 2023, the Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) Division of University Advancement has announced a goal of $100,000 for the 2024 Annual Day of Giving fundraising event.  

The annual campaign began in 2017 and raises funding for several university initiatives including athletic and gap funding scholarships, the University Choir, and the Sound of Class Marching Band, among other groups.  

In the past, affinity groups for alumni, students, faculty, and community members competed to see who could raise the most money. Letitia Evans, the director of Annual Giving, is hopeful a similar camaraderie and purposeful vigor will drive giving this year. 

"Throughout the year we receive feedback from our Viking community and friends about how they look forward to the Day of Giving,” she said. “The friendly competitions between the residence halls, Greek organizations, and class years makes for an exciting day for ECSU from start to finish.” 

What’s forthcoming for the university and its students is as important as what’s happening now, said Kevin Wade, interim vice chancellor for Student Affairs and University Advancement. 

 “As we embark upon this annual Day of Giving, it is important to remember that although we give today, tomorrow is the reason,” he said. “This is an opportunity for everyone to give without limits as we continue to secure the future of our students and this institution.”  

Giving for the campaign begins April 2, with the flagship date slated for April 18. Any gifts given in the month of April count toward Annual Day of Giving. Ways to give are available here. 

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