With gifts from as far away as New Zealand and as close as Take-a-Break, over 750 people helped COA raise over $50,000 in just 24 hours. With the challenge met, an additional $24,000 from an anonymous donor will also flow into college coffers.

The money enriches COA’s annual fund, which in turn supports the school’s financial aid program and other operating expenses.

“One of the reasons I love this day is because we hear from people all over the world whose lives were changed by COA. Parents, alumni, former staff and faculty all write and call in with memories and warm thoughts. It’s pretty terrific to be a part of this,” Dean of Institutional Advancement Lynn Boulger said. “What’s more, this day is really important to the college’s budget. As we all know, college is expensive. For everyone! We need to raise quite a bit of money each year to offer students great financial aid packages, cover faculty and staff salaries, and other costs of running the college.”

COA is committed to maintaining quality programs and services that set it apart, Boulger said, including high-quality meals in the dining halls, unique island facilities and programs, two organic farms, and beautiful campus landscape and gardens.

“Philanthropy covers the gap - in the form of the annual fund, grants and our growing endowment,” Boulger said. “Thanks for your part in making this happen!”