Purdue University Northwest (PNW) received an impressive $756,244 in contributions during Wednesday’s (April 24) sixth annual Purdue Northwest Day of Giving.
This year’s total for donor participation was the tenth highest from among 60 various participating groups across the entire Purdue system, resulting in additional “bonus money” awarded to Purdue Northwest.
Gifts to PNW, as designated by the donors, will be used to support student scholarships, academic programs, athletics and other strategic initiatives.
Some 500 gifts received by PNW contributed to a single day giving total of $41.6 million across the entire Purdue system—an amazing fifth consecutive year for a 24-hour higher education fundraising campaign.
Significant gifts announced throughout the day included:

  •         Peter Nau, president of Hammond Machine Works, made a major gift in support of the College of Technology.
  •         Ben Simmons, former PNW basketball star and Hammond native, made a $100,000 gift to PNW’s NCAA Division II athletics program.
  •         Lakeshore Public Media offered PNW’s College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences $24,400 in airtime and advertising support to renew the 26-episode “Roundtable Perspective” program another season.
  •         The Nils K. Nelson Bioscience Innovation Building received $50,000 for a state-of-the-art microbiology laboratory through the generosity of Carol Abshire.
  •         Duneland Health Council of Michigan City made a gift of $30,000 to the PNW College of Nursing to fund scholarships to students from La Porte County.