Meredith’s 132nd Birthday and Day of Giving

In February, the College celebrated our 132nd birthday and eighth Day of Giving.   

Throughout the week, alumnae were encouraged to share photos within the Alumnae Facebook Group as well as on personal social media channels.  The photos never disappoint!  Some of your most liked and loved photos within the Alumnae Facebook Group (see their submitted captions below) this year were: 

A group of students and faculty at Stonehenge in 1975.
Carol Hedspeth-Lowe, ’78
Parable of a Morning Star cast from Meredith theatre.
Elizabeth Eisele Hayes, ’94










Alumnae at a wine and cheese night.
Joy McNeil Chafin, ’97
Class of 1995 group of six students at Cornhuskin.
Leah Ritchie Mills, ’95










Seven alumnae show off their rings at a wedding of an alum.
Kelly Cash Burtick, ’06
A couple smile for a photo in green hills on an abroad program.
Paige Layno Winn, ’96










Leah Ritchie Mills, ’95

Class of 1995 – Cornhuskin’ through the years! I SO enjoyed co-chairing this event while I was at Meredith! I am so glad my daughter got to experience her first Cornhuskin’ last fall as a member of the Class of 2026! 

Elizabeth Eisele Hayes, ’94
“Parable of a Morning Star” performed in celebration of Meredith’s centennial anniversary in 1991.

Carol Hedspeth-Lowe, ’78
Stonehenge in 1975.

Roslyn Sloop-Troutman, ’91
When there’s a puppy involved, trying to get a cute staged photo is not going to happen! Puppy Charlie and old man Rufus support Giving Day!

Kelly Cash Burtick, ’06
Alums showing off their rings at a wedding.

Joy McNeil Chafin, ’97
Cheering on the check-writing and online donations with the Rocky Mount/Wilson/Tarboro chapter last night. What a great day for Meredith!

Paige Layno Winn, ’96
Meredith Abroad with these lovebirds.

Giving Day By the Numbers:

  • Total Raised: $1,349,106
  • Number of Donors: 2,762
  • States Represented: 44
  • Countries Represented: 3
  • Class Years Represented: 76
  • Oldest Class Year Represented: Class of 1943
  • Youngest Class Year Represented: Class of 2024
  • Donor with the First Gift of the Day: Astra Ball
  • Donor with the Final Gift of the Day: Lizzie H. Branch, ‘18
  • Donor Gift that Took Us Over the Top: Kathryn Booth Butler, ’68
  • Most Dollars Raised by a Class: Class of 1977
  • Even Class with the Most Donors: Class of 1982
  • Odd Class with the Most Donors: Class of 2001
  • Designation with the Most Dollars and Donors: College’s Greatest Need
  • Birthday and Day of Giving Celebrations: 18
  • Attendees at Birthday and Day of Giving Celebrations: Over 200
  • Number of Donors to Challenge Gifts: 148
  • Number of Challenge Gifts: 13
  • Bandanas for Our Four-Legged Friends: 579
  • Other Animals that Raise their Paws for MC: Earl the Turtle, a goat, and one Lovie belonging to the daughter of an alumna.
  • Social Media Posts within the Alumnae Facebook Group: 223 posts throughout the entire week celebrating the College’s 132nd birthday
Melyssa Allen

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