Final numbers are in and the UMBS family made another record showing for Giving Blueday.

The Office of University Development summary report confirmed that 52 people made donations to the Biological Station totaling $13,545. This represents more donors (4) and more money raised (by $288) than ever before on Giving Blueday.

The Station is especially pleased to have had 6 first-time donors, 5 recent graduates (past 10 years), 5 parents and 16 faculty and staff among the donor pool. Their support, coupled with that of long-time alumni and friends, is critical to sustaining all that is special about “Bug Camp” and expanding opportunities into new areas. The station’s administration is truly grateful—as will be the many beneficiaries of scholarships, fellowships, and educational and habitat funds.

As a small token of appreciation, the station staff did a UMBS t-shirt giveaway raffle for Giving Blueday participants. Donors, as well as participants in the various on-line and social media contests and challenges, were included. Raffle winners are Michael Harwood, Yeong Kim, William Klco and Donna Szalay.

This Facebook post from alumna Crystal Cole is an example of the social media love people shared about UMBS on Giving Blueday. In her photo, Cole (L) is wearing her Rivers, Lakes and Wetlands class shirt (motto: Live Fast, Die in Ethanol) and is seated in the UMBS Dining Hall with classmate Patricia Nease.