Morgantown, West Virginia – West Virginia University held its sixth ever “Day of Giving” on Wednesday, March 22, and supporters of the program smashed previous records for donations.
According to a press release from West Virginia University, a record-breaking $18.1 million was donated and 8,200 gifts were made during the 24-hour online fundraising event.
West Virginia University President Gordon Gee said the following of the Day of Giving: “As we look ahead, we have a perfect opportunity to further transform the West Virginia University system to best meet the current and future needs of our students, faculty and staff, and to fulfill our land-grant promise,” Gee said. “I am thankful for the support from our generous donors, which will help us chart our University’s direction for years to come.”
One of the most notable donations was from new director of athletics Wren Baker and his wife, Heather. Baker, 44, donated $100,000 to support the Mountaineer Athletic Club.
Baker is known for his ability to raise money, which is a real necessity in college athletics today, and he’s already proven that he can get the job done in that area.
— The Voice of Morgantown (@voicemorgantown) March 23, 2023