'24 hours to raise $20,000': DSU Heritage Foundation hosts first-ever Give Day

The Dickinson State University Heritage Foundation will host "DSU Give Day supported by the Goodall Family" Nov. 16. The foundation has 24 hours to raise $20,000, and will be operating a drive-thru for donations.

Give Day Ambassador Myren Moore and Dickinson State University 2014 alumnus is ready for the first-ever Give Day, in which the DSU Heritage Foundation will have 24 hours to raise $20,000. (Contributed / Dickinson State University Heritage Foundation)

For the first time, the Dickinson State University Heritage Foundation (DSUHF) will host Give Day and will have 24 hours to raise $20,000 as a way to give back to the community.

Give Day will be an all-day affair Tuesday, Nov. 16, in which donors can give any amount online or in person. During breakfast, lunch and dinner hours, there will be a drive-thru at the DSUHF House located at 230 Eighth Ave. W., where people can drive up, drop off their donations and receive free food courtesy of TMI, Baker Boy, The Hub and Papa Johns. Give Day event coordinators and volunteers will be handing out random prizes throughout the day and limited-edition of DSU gear such as coffee mugs that feature former DSU Football Coach Hank Biesiot. Giveaways and prizes will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Partnering with the Goodall family, the foundation will host this event two weeks prior to the national Giving Tuesday, which takes place Nov. 30. Then with all of the proceeds raised from Give Day, the DSUHF will use those funds for scholarship and program support. As a way to say thank you to the community for their generosity, the foundation will help fund the delivery of hot meals to Dickinson’s elderly population and craft holiday cards to distribute to the residential homes in the community on Nov. 30.

Give Day Ambassador Myren Moore — a DSU 2014 alumnus — noted that this event is something new for the foundation.

“For me, this has been a fun event to work on, and really see our greater community come together,” Moore said. “We have challenged ourselves to raise $20,000 in 24 hours. Thanks to Ariel Hurtado, Coach Biesiot, President (Stephen) Easton and an anonymous donor, we have over $10,000 in match donations to help everyone stretch their dollars further. Local business owners, clubs and departments on campus, DSUHF board members and others have issued challenges via fun videos on social media to help us raise the money. A great example of this is our Dickinson State Rodeo team, every single rodeo team member has issued a Give Day Challenge on the Rodeo Facebook page.”


This year's Give Day will allow donors the option to choose a specific area they would like to support, such as academics, athletics or program support. Or they can choose to donate to unrestricted support, Moore said.

“We have really challenged ourselves and the DSU community to come together. Businesses owned by DSU alumni from all over the country have answered the call and either issued challenges to other alumni or have pledged to donate on Give Day,” he said. “This is an opportunity to come together and see the difference that we can make in one day. Everyone can contribute small amounts, and make a difference in a fun atmosphere.”

Though this is the first year for the foundation to host this event, Moore said he hopes it will “continue to be the model for the campaign in the future.”

“It's important that our community knows that their donation matters no matter how small it is. On Give Day, it doesn't matter if you can only give $1 or $5 or $10, your donation makes a difference and we want to make sure that the community feels that they can make a difference,” Moore added.

For those who want to volunteer on Give Day, email Moore at For a complete schedule on Give Day, visit .

Jackie Jahfetson is a former reporter for The Dickinson Press.
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