The A DAY for Reinhardt campaign is well underway with more than $9,500raised towards the $110,000 overall goal. This in part from the two influential businesspersons leading the campaign this year: Chairman Rod Drake (right), Canton area manager - Georgia Power Company, and Vice Chairman Dale Morrissey ’99 (left), vice president for First Cherokee State Bank.
“Living in eight different communities throughout Georgia during my 40-year career with Georgia Power, I would have to say none have measured up to Cherokee County,” said Drake. There are many unique benefits for the citizens of Cherokee County including Reinhardt University.
“Reinhardt has played a major role for many years not only from an educational & cultural standpoint but from an economic development standpoint. Seeing the enormous impact Reinhardt has on the community, I am honored to be a part of ‘A Day’ giving a chance of higher education directly to a student from Cherokee County.”
“The education that I received at Reinhardt has been beneficial in the advancement of my career,” added Morrissey. “Support of A Day helps those students that need additional financial support that otherwise might not have the opportunity to attend a university.”
Drake has served the Georgia Power Company for more than 40 years. He has served on many board and organizations including most recently serving as past chairman of the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce. He has lived in Cherokee County for 10 years with his wife of 42 years, Rebecca. They have two children, Lori Martin and Will Drake, and five grandchildren, ages 7 months to 13 years old. Drake and his wife attend Woodstock First Baptist Church.
Morrissey has served in the banking industry for more than 35 years. She and her husband, Todd, a teacher and coach at Sequoyah High School, have three children. She is an alumna of Reinhardt College, and earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1999.
Created in 1988, the A DAY for Reinhardt campaign is an annual effort to provide support for Cherokee County students attending Reinhardt University. A DAY helps to fund the University’s Cherokee County Grant Program. This grant gives eligible students the opportunity to receive as much as $8,000 during their four years at the University. Since A DAY’s inception, more than $3 million in Cherokee County grants have been awarded to local deserving students. For more information about A DAY, visit www.reinhardt.edu/advancement
Last year, A DAY expanded to include fund-raising efforts unique to the campaign. A three-home Tour of Homes was held on April 27, and was a huge success for the campaign. The second annual Tour of Homes will be held in April 2014; All proceeds from this weekend-long event will go to A DAY. Preliminary plans are still being made, and more details will be provided at www.reinhardt.edu in early spring.
A Facebook page has also been created for the campaign. Those interested in becoming a part of A DAY’s online community can go to www.facebook.com/ADAYforReinhardt and “like” the page. Pages posts will include updates about fundraising goals, opportunities to volunteer, and features on Cherokee County Grant student recipients.
If you would like to donate to, volunteer for, or need more information about A DAY for Reinhardt, please contact Barbara Manous, director of annual giving, at 770-720-5506 or BLM@reinhardt.edu
Founded in 1883, Reinhardt University is focused on shaping lives and building futures. As a private comprehensive university affiliated with the United Methodist Church, Reinhardt offers 41 graduate and undergraduate programs, ranging from business and education to music and art.
Reinhardt has two locations- a residential campus in Cherokee County in Waleska, Ga., and a center focused on adults in Alpharetta, Ga., and it offers selected programs in Cartersville, Marietta, and Woodstock, Ga. Additional attractions on the Waleska campus include the Falany Performing Arts Center and the Funk Heritage Center.
For more information, please contact Reinhardt at 770-720-5526 or 1-87-REINHARDT or see the University website at www.reinhardt.edu.
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