As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation remains ever-changing, Clarke University has opted to reschedule its 2020 Clarke Day celebration to Thursday, May 7.
Even though members of the Clarke community won’t be able to celebrate in person this year, Clarke is finding ways for their community to come together and support students on May 7. There are many ways to participate, but one of the most meaningful is by making a gift to the Clarke University Crisis Fund to support students in these challenging times. The donor participation goal this year is 500 donors in a 24-hour time period. If Clarke reaches the goal of 500 donors, a $30,000 challenge grant sponsored by Conlon Construction Co. will be unlocked. There will be several donor participation challenges offered on May 7 and those wanting to make an immediate impact can visit www.clarke.edu/ClarkeDay.
#ClarkeDay is a day for alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends to share their Clarke Pride through social media. All are invited to wear their blue and gold and post photos and interact on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat using the hashtag #ClarkeDay.
Members of the Clarke community are also invited to tune in to Clarke University’s Facebook page at 5 p.m. CST on Clarke Day for a special music performance from alumna Natascha Myers ’17. Natascha currently lives in Nashville, where she performs as a singer-songwriter. Her debut EP ‘Songs From A Hardwood Floor’ has been featured on CMT.com.
Student Mariah Pellino ’21 said, “It means so much as a student to see and feel the support from alumni and other members of our community on Clarke Day. It is a beautiful thing to be able to see photos and memories from others who share in the same love I have for this place. Clarke Day to me is a day to be reminded what my school means to me and how it is not only important to me, but has been so influential in so many other people’s lives. I can’t wait to share my love and see the support and love from others on this upcoming Clarke Day.”
Clarke supporters are also encouraged to celebrate Clarke Day with a new, original t-shirt. T-shirts are available on Clarke’s website for a tax deductable gift of $20. Clarke students are offered a discounted rate of $10 per t-shirt.
Clarke President Thom Chesney Ph.D., said, “In extraordinary times, no gift is ordinary, and knowing that you’re helping those who most need it is extra satisfying.”