LAURINBURG — With less than a month left in the 2016 Laurinburg Area Campaign, contributions and pledges have totaled $378,467, about 76 percent of the $500,000 goal.
“Our volunteers are doing a phenomenal job following up with their contacts,” said Beacham McDougald, co-chair of the campaign along with his wife Lynn. “St. Andrews has always had a close relationship with Laurinburg and the support of our community with the university is shown through this annual campaign.”
The campaign is fueled by its key volunteers: Mac Doubles, Terry Garner, Wayne Hobbs, Lee Howell, Richard Massey, Ken Nichols, Anne Todd, Carol Whitehead, and Emily Womble.
The $500,000 target accounts for 20 percent of the university’s annual fundraising revenue. Put together with all sources of revenue, St. Andrews has been able to strategically invest the funds in capital improvements, faculty and staff support, and student scholarships.
“The biggest investment we make is in our students,” said SAU President Paul Baldasare. “We provide institutional financial aid to students who we believe will succeed at St. Andrews.”
This money is distributed in the form of scholarships for honors, academics, pipe band, athletics, and creative writing to name a few. In turn, these students are investing in our community with hundreds of hours of community service throughout the academic year, including volunteer work at local schools and Habitat for Humanity.
In addition to students’ contributions in the form of community service, spending by St. Andrews students, faculty, staff, alumni and visitors in Laurinburg has an annual impact of more than $26 million on the local economy, school officials said.
“A contribution to St. Andrews is an investment in Laurinburg and Scotland County,” said McDougald. “The value of St. Andrews to our community is not only financial, but also cultural and good public relations. Thousands of people beyond the borders of Scotland County have a positive view of Laurinburg because it’s the home of St. Andrews.”