Record-breaking Give Green Day
Billman Music Pavilion enthusiasm drives successful 24-hour fundraising period.
Amid ongoing goals of across-the-board excellence in music performance, instruction and scholarly research, the College of Music has maintained a laser-focus on a key initiative: Building MSU Music. To students and faculty, the new Billman Music Pavilion represents more than a modern facility for the arts, but a bright future for the college as a whole.
During Michigan State University’s Give Green Day, on the national day of giving, the college raised funds for the Billman Music Pavilion. With over 93% of the $17.5M overall fundraising goal already raised, the support from the community to reach 120% of the Give Green Day project goal was astounding.
The original goal for the day was $10,000, which was quickly met by the generosity of a $10,000 gift from Irene and Sumner Bagby, prompting the goal to be doubled to $20,000.
Not long after that the college’s own Kevin Sedatole, director of bands and chair of the Conducting Area, donated a matching gift of $5,000 which prompted the goal to be raised again to $30,000. By the end of the night, a grand total of $36,402 had been generously given toward the Billman Music Pavilion. As a result, 2018 Give Green Day stands as the most successful day of giving yet.
“It’s amazing how the community came together in support of our hard working students,” Sedatole said. “Thanks to the donations made, future students will be able to study in an environment that matches the quality of their accomplishments.”
Overall the college received gifts from 160 different donors, with donations ranging from $5 to $10,000. Every gift helped surpass the revised goals, proving that no gift is too small and all gifts help to supply the college with the suitable facility it so badly needs.
“For the College of Music, the goal of Give Green Day was to encourage the broader community and friends of MSU to invest in the future of the musical arts on campus,” said Dean James Forger. “We are grateful to the many individuals who have generously supported our programs as well and the Billman Music Pavilion which will bring transformational change to student learning.”
The heroes of the day were no doubt the community members who opened up their hearts to the arts.
This student-made video shows some of the appreciation students and faculty felt when
they learned of the response from the community during Give Green Day in 2018.