Give Day: DSU Heritage Foundation to host fundraiser Tuesday

The foundation will be hosting its 2nd annual Give Day event on Tuesday, with a fundraising goal of $75,000 in 24 hours for student scholarship and program support.

DSU Give Day
A donor stops to chat during last year's first ever DSU Give Day fundraising drive.
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DICKINSON — The Dickinson State University Heritage Foundation is set to host its 2nd annual Give Day on Tuesday, Nov. 15, to support DSU scholarships and programs. This year, foundation staff has set their sights high - with a lofty goal of raising $75,000 in 24 hours. Donors who wish to donate in person will be able to via a drive-in event at 230 8th Ave West – Dickinson. Online donations are encouraged as well. Visit

This event would not have been possible without the support of the Winn family. Billie and Willie Winn are staunch supporters of DSU, with three children and a granddaughter who are proud former Blue Hawks.

“Giving back to the community that has helped us be successful is a privilege,” the Winn family stated. “We agreed that if we were ever able, we would help others, as many good people have helped us over the years. We believe in creating and building partnerships to drive workforce development and keep our young people in Dickinson.”

Fundraising will kick off Tuesday morning with a breakfast drive from 6 to 9 a.m.. Donors who give at this time will receive donuts courtesy of Baker Boy and an exclusive TMI Systems, Inc. legacy mug. This year’s mug features Lavern Jessen — former DSU coach, admissions director and P.E. faculty emeritus.

Jessen was selected as this year’s legacy to recognize his many years of service, both to the institution and his country.


“With Give Day occurring so soon after Veteran’s Day, celebrating a two-tour veteran seemed like the right thing to do,” DSU Heritage Foundation Executive Director Ty Orton said. “Lavern still lends his leadership whenever and wherever needed on campus. It is an honor to recognize him.”

The lunch drive will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants at this time will receive delicious slices of Papa John’s pizza. The first 200 cars will also receive a drive-in T-shirt. Papa John’s has not only generously donated pizza, but they will be running specials during the month of November. Patrons can use the code DSUWINS15 to receive 15% off of their pizza, and 15% of the total order will be donated to the Blue Hawk Scholarship Fund.

In addition, over $10,000 in matches have already been established for the event. DSU President Steve Easton has pledged a $5,000 match for academic scholarships. Other matches include alumni and honorary captain, Steve Purdue, pledging $5,000 to the 100 years of DSU Football Campaign. Blue Hawk Hall of Fame defensive end Kylan Klauzer, now a detective with the Dickinson Police Department, is challenging his teammates to match his $1,000 donation.

“We thank the community for their early support for Give Day,” Orton added. “We had such a great turnout last year, and we are very excited to welcome people again as we work together to support students. These generous gifts truly make a difference.”

Donation matches can be made through end of day Monday, Nov. 14, by contacting the DSU Heritage Foundation at 701-483-2486.

DSU Give Day 2021
Students, alumni, volunteers and the notorious Blue Hawk himself during last year's DSU Give Day.
Contributed / DSU Heritage Foundation

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