FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Even before the clock started ticking on its second annual Day of Giving, leaders from Purdue University Fort Wayne said the school received a six-figure donation to help get everything off on the right foot.
"The Day of Giving campaign is a way to support the continued success of Purdue Fort Wayne students by making a monetary gift to the university," school officials said in a release. "These students are back and eager to learn, but many of them face challenges, especially financial challenges, and need support now more than ever."
The large donation announced Wednesday was $100,000 from Helen F. Pyles. School officials say the donation will fund scholarships to students in the music therapy program at Purdue Fort Wayne.
Pyles is a retired businesswoman known for her success in Fort Wayne's insurance industry.
“We are so honored to accept this gift, especially today, on our second annual Day of Giving,” said Purdue Fort Wayne Chancellor Ronald L. Elsenbaumer. “We know that future students will be able to pursue their studies in music therapy, and in turn, many local residents will benefit from their training. This is all thanks to the generosity of Helen Pyles.”
This year’s Day of Giving theme is "Make Your Mark" and the event will conclude at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday.
For more information, go to the Purdue Fort Wayne Day of Giving website or call 260-481-6962.
Purdue Fort Wayne raised a total of $470,575, according to the schools website.