King Day Celebration Committee Donates to Albany State University

Staff Report From Albany CEO

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

Representatives from the King Day Celebration committee of Albany presented Albany State University President Art Dunning, Monday, with a check for $2,000 to be used for student scholarships.

Earlier this year, the annual King Day Celebration was rescheduled for February and relocated to ASU because of the devastating January storms and tornados. The Albany Civic Center, the original location, was being used as a shelter for those affected by the storms.

“We have close to 80 percent of our students on financial aid. That means a lot of students are trying to go to college and are in need. The difference between a good university and a great university is private giving.” Dunning said. “This makes a difference. What we’re doing is carrying the message to people in this community and to people around the state to say that giving is a part of our culture and should be permanent. Students will benefit from this and will treasure this.”

“Albany State University graciously and quickly brought us in and gave us a place to house the event this year,” said Ken Hodges, committee co-chair. “It’s consistent with the mission of the King Day Celebration and promoting the ideals of Dr. King, who certainly would want us to advance the educational opportunities for students in the Southwest Georgia region."

The 2018 King Day Celebration will likely be held at ASU.