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Jackrabbits near, far rally together to break records on seventh annual One Day for STATE

SDSU students, President Barry Dunn and Jack the Jackrabbit celebrate One Day for STATE in front of the Coughlin Campanile.

Jackrabbits in all 50 states and across 15 countries united to tackle historic philanthropy on Sept. 7 during One Day for STATE. The South Dakota State University Foundation’s seventh annual giving day celebrated all things SDSU and the impact that can be made through private gifts.

In 24 hours, 6,474 donors united to raise $2,597,430 from 7,148 gifts to transform lives at SDSU, supporting funds for over 110 different causes, including scholarships, research, academic programming, athletics and much more.

One Day for STATE aimed to rally alumni, faculty and staff, parents, current students and friends in support of SDSU. The total number of donors saw a jump of 592 more than last year’s event. Of the 6,474 donors, 660 identified as faculty and 684 as students, demonstrating the One Day for STATE excitement that starts right on campus.

“Every day is a great day to be a Jackrabbit, but One Day for STATE is an absolute favorite of ours at the SDSU Foundation,” said Erin Glidden, SDSU Foundation director of pipeline strategy. “This is our chance to work together and make a really bold impact for SDSU.”

The celebration culminated with the community favorite Yellow and Blue Block Party. The festivities featured all the classics for the party’s lineup: performances by The Pride of the Dakotas Marching Band followed by the SDSU cheer squad and dance team, along with food trucks, free SDSU ice cream, kids’ activities and more.

The success of One Day for STATE would not have been possible without support from the yellow and blue community, near and far. Whether you gave a gift, donated your time and talents, or simply celebrated State on Sept. 7, you truly made a difference. For the seventh consecutive year, the Jackrabbit family proved there’s nothing we can’t do when we work together.

We are bold. We are blue. We are one.