Hiram – People give back to Hiram College for a number of reasons, but donors came out in droves to show their dedication to the institution on this year’s annual Hiram Giving Day, held April 29, donating more than $226,000 in a 24-hour period. Now, the College is primed to break its record of $8.2 million in funds raised in a single academic year.

President Lori Varlotta kicked off the day by making the first online gift. Her interest in giving was contagious, with more than 300 friends, alumni, employees, trustees giving online gifts throughout the day.

“Hiram College is celebrating the Year of the Terrier, said Dr. Varlotta. “The record set for of Day of Giving is only one of many accomplishments we have logged in this year. It is a great time to work and study at Hiram College.”

For alumni Larry DeYoung ‘69 and his wife Joyce, giving to Hiram means giving students a break and an opportunity. The DeYoung’s matched gifts up to $75,000 in gifts on Hiram’s Giving Day. It was the largest day of online fundraising in Hiram College’s history.

“I give back to Hiram because my Hiram experience was an empowering one,” says Larry DeYoung, who describes his time as a Hiram student as transformational. “I entered the college as a naive small-town boy and graduated with a much deeper, broader understanding of the world.”

“Going to Hiram was a financial ‘stretch’ for me back then, and I know that situation still applies to many Hiram students today. I want others to have the benefits I had of a Hiram College education,” he says.

Hiram also received a $50,000 endowment gift during Giving Day, bringing the preliminary total to $276,000.

About the Hiram Fund – Gifts to the Hiram Fund touch virtually every student, faculty and staff member in a very meaningful way. Year after year, the Hiram Fund delivers financial resources to support scholarships, campus preservation, classroom resources and a range of initiatives that might not otherwise be funded.