The 2016-17 ADay for Reinhardt campaign officially kicked off at Featherstone’s at BridgeMill Aug. 19 with members of the ADayCommittee, Reinhardt President Dr. Kina Mallard and Reinhardt administration and staff in attendance.
ADay for Reinhardt is a fundraising campaign that provides scholarship money to Cherokee County residents attending Reinhardt University. Since its inception in 1988, ADay has provided more than $4.8 million in financial assistance to Cherokee County residents who attend Reinhardt.
“Many of these bright, young students are coming to us as first-generation students,” said Tim Norton, vice president for advancement and marketing. “They are being taught what it means to be good servant-leaders, to give back to one’s own community and to be persistent in reaching goals. You are a great example of all these things with your commitment and support of ADay for Reinhardt.”
To help raise awareness and funds for ADay for Reinhardt, Lisa Corkill of Renasant Bank has stepped up to chair the ADay Committee made up of local business professionals and community advocates.
“I am blessed to have been chosen to chair the ADay for Reinhardt Committee,” Corkill said. “Dale (Morrissey) makes it so easy to help and give back to Reinhardt.”
Corkill and the rest of the committee’s hard work and dedication benefit Cherokee County residents like Sequoyah High School graduate and RU sophomore, Ashlyn Brandon.
Brandon told the ADay Committee of her Reinhardt Experience. She said she enjoys the beautiful campus and the fact that the beauty is being preserved through the new campus additions, like the theatre and nursing buildings. Brandon said while she enjoys being close to home that Reinhardt “is just far enough away” and the connections she has made has helped her grow as a person.
“You’re not just a number. They care for you and do everything to make sure you are successful. Dr. Mallard is always around, making sure you’re OK. It’s such a great community. The fundraising you do for us is very much appreciated,” Brandon said.
This fall, Reinhardt has two fundraising efforts strictly for ADay: a 5K run/walk in downtown Canton and a ribbon campaign to show support for the University.
The 5K for ADay run will take place Sept. 17 at Cannon Park in downtown Canton. Registration begins at 7 a.m. with the run/walk commencing at 8 a.m. For more information or to register, visit ADay5K.Reinhardt.edu. This year’s presenting sponsor is Northside Hospital-Cherokee. The platinum sponsor is Renasant Bank, the gold sponsor is Bank of North Georgia, and United Community Bank is a silver sponsor. Bronze sponsors are: Bojangle’s, North Georgia CPA Services, Bank of the Ozarks, Credit Union of Georgia, Nationwide Insurance — The Mayo Agency, South State Bank, and Greg Elwell DMD and John Peacock DDS.
In addition to the 5K for ADay, businesses and residents are asked to support Reinhardt’s ADay Campaign by purchasing handcrafted ribbons and displaying them on their front doors and/or in their windows. Ribbons are $30 each. Discounts offered for two or more ribbons purchased. For more information, visit www.reinhardt.edu/adayribbons.
“We want to see ribbons on every home and business in downtown Canton and beyond,” said Dale Morrissey, director of development and external relations.