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Alumni, friends rise to Centennial Challenge

For immediate release
June 7, 2005

ACU alumni, parents, and friends banded together through the last days of the fiscal year to meet and exceed the increased Centennial Challenge for ACU's Annual Fund. 

A total of 6,623 donors, with gifts of all sizes, met the Challenge extended by anonymous donors.  Because of these gifts, the anonymous donors have added $350,000 to the Annual Fund total for the 2004-05 fiscal year, which ended May 31, 2005.

One of the primary goals of the Centennial Challenge was to increase alumni participation in the Annual Fund, said Rendi Hahn development program manager.  This year, 5,205 individual alumni participated with Annual Fund gifts, a five percent increase compared to last year's number of 4,953 alumni donors.

Total Annual Fund revenues for 2004-05 were up to $1,568,092, including the challenge matching gift.  This is an increase of $28,698 over the 2003-04 fiscal year. 

"We are grateful for the financial support of the many donors who contribute year after year to support the students and the mission of ACU," said Dr. John Tyson, vice-president for development at ACU. "These gifts, often given quietly and without much fanfare, are foundational to our pursuit of faith and excellence."

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