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Summer fundraising ball raises £7,500 for university

June 26 2013

A summer ball raised thousands of pounds for Glyndŵr University’s new charity campaign.

The inaugural Glyndŵr Giving event gathered more than £7,500 for the Wrexham institution.

More than 100 members of the north east Wales business community joined Vice Chancellor Professor Michael Scott, Chairman Sir Jon Shortridge, and University staff at St David’s Park, Ewloe. 

Guests were treated to a three-course meal, music, dancing and entertainment from comedian Martin Gold.

Glyndŵr University launched its new fundraising arm earlier this year to support and preserve higher education in the region.

The appeal looks at four core areas; campus development, academic excellence, student experience and community engagement.

Commercial and fundraising manager Suzanne Riley was pleased with the response to Glyndŵr Giving and thanked everyone who attended on the night.

She said: “The Glyndwr Giving summer fundraising ball was a huge success with a full house of guests attending from across the industry and educational sector in North Wales and the North West.

“Everybody joined in the celebrations and gave generously to the Glyndwr Giving fund.”

She added: “As a University we are delighted with the support we received and would like to thank all of our sponsors, guests and staff of the University for giving their time and everyone who gave giving generously to support us through monetary donations and raffle and auction prizes.

“These raised additional funds on the night.  So from Glyndŵr University I’d like to again thank everyone for coming – we hope this event will be the first of many.”

Donations via the raffle and auction helped the team raise £2,660, while additional income with sponsorship saw the overall tally top the £7,500 mark.

Glyndŵr Giving is aiming to dispel myths surrounding funding in the higher education sector.

Welsh Government money is now a very small percentage of Glyndŵr University’s income as there is a new fee structure in place and the University itself is a registered charity – any money it generates is invested back into new buildings, services, research and the community.

An example of this was when the University purchased the crisis-hit Racecourse Stadium when Wrexham FC was close to extinction in 2011. 

The acquisition provided a solution for the Dragons but more importantly gave the University an additional academic vehicle to underpin its current and future curriculum, enhancing the student experience.

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