Show your RIT pride on ROAR Day, Sept. 26

This year’s campaign includes more 24-hour matching challenges

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ROAR Day, the official launch of the 2013-2014 Fund for RIT annual giving campaign, is Sept. 26.

We are RIT Tigers; hear us roar on Sept. 26!

That’s the university’s eighth annual ROAR Day, the official launch of our 2013-2014 Fund for RIT annual giving campaign. The day gets its name from the campaign goal: Raise Our Annual Responses in support of RIT.

This year, RIT President Bill Destler, Associate of the University Rebecca Johnson, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Jeremy Haefner, Interim Senior Vice President of Student Affairs Heath Boice-Pardee and Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations Lisa Cauda are challenging the campus community to come together and support RIT on ROAR Day. They will match all student, faculty and staff gifts made between midnight and 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 26, dollar-for-dollar, up to $50. A $5 minimum gift is required for the match, and the match is only available during those 24 hours.

“ROAR Day is an opportunity for the campus community to unite and show how, as a whole, we support all areas of RIT—from the Juggling Club to piRIT to DI Hockey,” said Chelsea Coates, a second-year student. “RIT has given so much to me through sports, clubs and other activities that depend on funding from donors. The least I can do is give back one day out of the year to the place where I’m making lifetime friends and memories.”

Stations will be set up across campus to encourage annual gifts to RIT, or gifts can be made online on Sept. 26. Donors can designate where their dollars go, and the matching gift supports the same fund designated by the donor. Undesignated gifts will go to RIT’s General Scholarship Fund.

“As president of the RIT Rescue Shelter Club, I will be designating my gift there this year. All students have this wonderful opportunity to give back to what matters most to them, and it isn’t the size of the gift but participation that is particularly important,” said Anna Finch, a fourth-year student.

For more information on how to ROAR for RIT on Sept. 26, including a list of giving locations on campus, go to