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Upstate Giving, May 1, 2017

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Furman raises more than $1.3M in annual Dins Day event

Furman University’s third annual Dins Day celebration generated 1,932 individual gifts totaling more than $1.3 million.

According to a news release, the three Dins Day events have raised more than $3.3 million in support of the university.

“We are thrilled to have another successful fundraising effort that supports scholarships, academic departments, athletic teams, and many more programs at the university,” said Anne Fleming, executive director of development communications at Furman and coordinator of the campaign, in the release. “It was also another record-breaking year both in terms of giving and social media reach.  We thank Paladins everywhere for showcasing their purple pride on Dins Day.”

Dins Day is modeled after similar 24-hour spirit and fundraising blitzes taking place at organizations around the country. More details about this year’s campaign can be found on the Dins Day webpage.


Spinx stores raise over $160,000 for March of Dimes

Spinx stores collectively raised $164,448 for March of Dimes during the month of March. The money raised helps area moms have healthier pregnancies, assist families with newborns in the Intensive Care Units, as well as help fund research to fight birth defects and premature birth. This year’s donations also showed over a 6.5% increase in overall customer participation, according to a news release.

Each of the 82 Spinx convenience stores contributed to the total donation amount by encouraging customers to donate to March of Dimes while making their purchases at the counter. The first place store, located on Marue Drive in Greenville, raised $11,000 with over 27% of their customers donating to the cause. This store not only contributed the largest dollar amount, but they also raised the most money company wide. As an internal thank you, Stan Storti, Spinx president and Steve Spinks, Spinx CEO, will work for a day at the Greenville store.

“I am absolutely thrilled with the hard work that our entire Spinx team put toward raising over $160,000 this year for March of Dimes through this campaign.” said Storti, in the release. “We look forward to continuing to support this effort and I am excited to work on the front line at our highest donating store.”

The second largest donation came from the Fairview Road store in Simpsonville, which raised more than $6,000 with 14.48% of their customers participating.

“As a local company that was born and raised here in Greenville, we feel it is very important to support our community. By donating to the March of Dimes we hope that our contribution will help those that need it the most,” Spinks said, in the release.


AFL supports mission to eradicate domestic violence

AFL awarded a $5,000 grant to Turning Point Inc., an organization that supports victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse by providing safe shelter, advocacy, prevention and social change. The grant was made possible by AFL’s Community Outreach Program and will provide shelter supplies, supportive counseling and transportation and supplement children’s activities, according to a news release.

“The services we provide helps victims and their children build self-esteem, become self-sufficient, move into safe, violence-free homes and break the cycle of violence,” said Ashley Lantz, executive director for Turning Point, in the release. “This grant will help greatly toward our commitment to turn our community away from domestic violence.”

With services for both children and adults, Turning Point is the only domestic violence shelter in Union County. Along with providing shelter and counseling, Turning Point clients are taught computer skills and interviewing skills to enhance employment opportunities. Additionally, the children’s program teaches youth skills to interact without violence, thereby stopping violence before it begins. All programs are designed to reduce homelessness due to domestic violence and increase self-sufficiency.

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