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One Day for UK is today

Arden Barnes | UK Photo

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 18, 2024) — All day and well into the night, the University of Kentucky is continuing to rally everyone in the UK community to give to the college, program or cause they care most about at UK. The sixth annual One Day for UK began overnight and will end at midnight tonight.

Since UK’s inaugural giving day in 2019, One Day for UK has raised $10.6 million for more than 150 funds on campus. Last year, more than 3,000 donors contributed $1,466,502 to support the university.

“One Day for UK provides a way for the whole UK community — alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends — to step forward and make an investment in our future,” said Jake Lemon, UK’s vice president for philanthropy and alumni engagement. “People around the country know about UK’s passionate sports fans, but One Day for UK showcases our community’s passion for this incredible institution.”

A complete list of colleges, programs and causes that are participating in One Day for UK can be found online at Fun social media challenges will also allow participants to win extra money for the area of their choice.

The UK Office of Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement is hosting events across campus where the campus community can learn more about One Day for UK and receive free commemorative items. Look for tables at these locations:

  • Outside White Hall beginning at 9 a.m.
  • Outside The 90 beginning at 9 a.m.
  • Alumni Commons beginning at 10:30 a.m.

UK Dining is participating in the day by encouraging students to donate flex dollars for meal swipes. From 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in front of Champions Kitchen and from 5-8 p.m. at the Fresh Food Company at The 90, students can swipe their UK ID to donate flex dollars to students in need. When students give $5 in flex dollars on One Day for UK, UK Dining will match the gift to provide the cost of one meal swipe, which is $12.60.

Additionally, the Swag Cab will be cruising through campus with special guests to provide lucky students with a ride to class and a chance to win prizes.

Visit the One Day for UK website to make a gift and track our progress.

To join the online conversation, follow #OneDayforUK on all social media platforms.

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