Scranton 506, a 24-hour fundraising event, happened for the first time on the first floor of the DeNaples Center Wednesday.
The event raised money for University clubs and programs, including textbook scholarships, Campus Ministries, ISP, Scranton Athletics Fund and The Center for Service and Social Justice.
Both current students and alumni were encouraged to donate. One hundred percent of the money donated was given to the program or fund of the donor’s choice.
The proceeds raised will help organizations fund programs and put on events that benefit both The University and the community.
Students attending the event could donate using cash, debit or Royal cards.
Alexandra C. Maier, coordinator for Recent Graduate and Student Engagement, organized Scranton 506.
Maier said the event aimed to appeal to both current students and University alumni by putting the focus not on how much they donate, but why they donate.
“A lot of the students said they donated because they love it here or they wanted to see Scranton grow,” Maier said.
Maier said she was happy with the reactions she received from alumni as well.
“Many of the alumni said that they wouldn’t be where they were today if not for this or that program,” Maier said.
She said before the event was held, the date had no real significance to The University.
“The date really has no significance. It was just the day the event was held. We hope that after today the date will be legendary,” Maier said.
Incentives were offered for both students and alumni who donated. University mascot Iggy and University President Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., posed for photos with donors.
The goal of the event was to reach 506 donors, which The University reached at 2:02 p.m. Wednesday.
The University reported 768 donors at the close of Scranton 506.