We are thrilled to report that $255,972 was raised during our #Grateful4Graceland Day of Giving!

Tuesday, March 5, 2019, was our fourth Day of Giving to give and share. We asked alumni and friends to reflect on their Graceland experience, express what they were grateful for on social media and make an appreciation gift. The results were amazing.

A group of alumni, friends and their matching employers stepped up with a pool of matching dollars. Gifts were matched 1:1. That means gifts to our #Grateful4Graceland Day of Giving were doubled!

THANK YOU to our Matching Challenge pool of donors:

  • Sue Bevington '89
  • Gail Hice Brown '63
  • John '61 and Dahna Loeding
  • Judith Moore '60
  • Scott '81 and Heather Ourth
  • Bruce '73 and Judy Laudie '73 Pfohl 
  • Tom '69 and Bobbi Percival '72 Rastle
  • Donald Richards '52 Family
  • Ronald '61 and Pat Gabrielson '64 Trachsel

If you would like to make a gift, please visit our Make a Gift Today page. You can also view the Live Stream by following the directions found at the bottom of this page.

What people are sharing about #Grateful4Graceland

"A great education and friends that last a lifetime. Connections with other Graceland folks from around the world." - Lisa Sheehy '80 Stobbe
"As an alumni, I am grateful for the lifelong friendships I have from my days on "the Hill." As a parent of a student, I am grateful for the close community that challenges but loves my son." - Charlotte Hamilton '87 Munoz
"Best 4 years of our lives. We met at Graceland 50 years ago. Our two daughters, Carrie Welch and Julie Heide, both graduated (from Graceland). Now, our granddaughter, Jayne Welch, is a junior. Four more grandkids to go over the next decade." - James L. Garwood '71
"Best years of my life, and shaped my future." - Connie Truelove '72
"Culture and diversity in a rural setting...gotta love it!" - Pam Combs '98
"Endless friendships, memories and professional support." - Richard Foster '16
"Exciting job with lots of opportunities." - Jolene Lynn, Graceland Employee
"For bringing us together and having two children also graduate from Graceland." - David Simons '60
"Frank Hough was a huge inspiration for me." - James Tingle '85
"Graceland Forever! Our family has been richly blessed by the sense of community we found there." - Richard Hettrick '74
"Graceland has always been a part of my life, and the experiences I have had shaped me into who I am." - Jeanette Hartwig '86 Calipetro
"Graceland has been a blessing to our family and friends for over 50 years. We want to see this blessing continue." - Mike Bessonette '69
"Graceland has been a wonderful influence in our lives personally as well as our families." - Jonathan Hampton '88
"Graceland has been part of our families for generations. We are grateful for the network of friends and family around the world who are part of the Graceland network." - Calvin Closson '82
"Graceland has made me into the person I am today. The lifelong friends and unforgettable memories will always make me #Grateful4Graceland." - Zachary Ferrara '18
"Graceland helped me to know my potential." - Carrol M. Stanley '54 McCans
"Graceland helped start my career as a student, staff member and faculty member." - David Grant '75
"Graceland is a community that cares: for students, for employees, for the community and for the condition of the world." - Mary Valora Long '65
"Graceland led me to dominate life after Graceland." - Nathaniel Myer '10
"Graceland provided a quality education and lifelong friendships. It's truly a unique and special place." - Joy Brunner-Cannavino '85
"Graceland teachers and staff worked with me so that I could achieve my BSN. I am grateful!" - Judy Kanarek '96 LaRue
"Graceland was a great experience in both of our lives." - Jennifer Brock '82 Olson
"Grateful 3rd generation Graceland grad as well as mother and aunt of current students." - Kimberley Fry '86 Donarski
"Grateful for the whole experience of attending Graceland as an undergrad: the friends, the fun, and, yes, the education. Grateful now for the Graceland/Community of Christ Seminary experience. Grateful for lifelong learning!" - Stephen G. Thompson '79
"Great education and a world-wide family." - Dale McClaran '82
"Great friends and memories." - Scott Harrington '61
"I am #Grateful4Graceland as it launched my career in accounting! Not only do I have great memories of intramural sports, house functions, GU volleyball and late night card games at the coffee shop; I also have a fully-rounded education that helped get me where I am today." - Shelby Williams '07
"I am grateful for Graceland's Greg Sutherland, whose character, commitment to youth and musical genius helped my son, Whitman, decide to become a Gracelander in the fall!" - Paige Stanfield-Myers '92
"I am grateful for the BSN education I received at Graceland, which has provided me a 40+ year nursing career." - J. Janelle Klejch '77 Huffman
"I continue to be grateful for the ways Graceland served me and the ways I was able to serve Graceland. With such a deeply loving community, Graceland found a way to develop me inside and outside of the classroom. I care more deeply because of Graceland. I serve more holistically because of Graceland. I am able to create a more lasting impact because of Graceland. #GracelandForever #Grateful4Graceland" - Jason Titus '06
"I got a great education and had a lot of fun while there. Lots of great friends and experiences." - Linda Rowe '74
"I grew up in Lamoni and graduated from Graceland in 1987. My dad, Oliver, taught music theory and organ at Graceland for 48 years." - Todd A. Houston '87
"I met some of my best friends at GU." - Travis Hunt '06
"I really loved my house, Apponivi, and all the activities we did together! I made some great friends at Graceland. I loved the small class sizes, and the professors were great." - Callie Clow '13
"In honor of my former colleagues, best wishes for a successful day!" - Peggy Sturdevant '96
"It provided me opportunity to have an outstanding career. I'm very thankful." - Dr. Tim Silegy '86
"It was a most wonderful life experience for me." - Walter Davis '67
"Lifelong membership in the Graceland 'family'!" - Linda Brandt '83 Henson
"Lots of fun memories and lifelong friendships." - Dwight Christensen '82
"My Graceland years were some of the best years of my life! I have so many lifetime friends that began at Graceland! Grateful!" - Diane Harrington '81 Hawkins
"She is grateful for Graceland because she met her husband through her roommate at Graceland and was able to move to the great state of Texas!" - Steven Calloway '72
"The lasting friendships." - Heather Lahr '01
"We are grateful for lifelong friendships and the experiences offered to our children while attending Graceland. The ability to be engaged in leadership activities is so important, and Graceland provided these opportunities." - Susan Jeschke '73 Calloway
"We love Graceland. It has enriched our lives." - Carolyn Mitchell '58 Williams
"We met at Graceland, and our experience there have been instrumental in many areas of our lives since." - Woody Wilson '65
"We met at Graceland and will be celebrating our 53rd wedding anniversary this summer. That's something for which we are thankful!" - Madison Parker '63
"We are both graduates as are our kids." - Lloyd Slaght '51
"My education opened doors for me professionally! I have a great job at a large hospital. In May, I will celebrate my 20th year! I graduated from Graceland May 1999 and began my job the day after graduation!" - Debra Crecelius '99 Waddell
"Going to Graceland '55-57 was an awesome experience for me. I was from a very poor family. I saved money from grade school through high school so I could go to Graceland. I feel God blessed me, so in spite of obstacles, I attended." - Carolyn Robertson '57 Tacy
"We can all make a difference in the world; believe in someone. Graceland was a place where people believed in me, and with that, I have grown into the person I am today. I am still growing and becoming all that I can be. Much love to you all." - Deborah Silsby '85 & '05 Pimentel

"Received my degree in teaching, which led me to successful, enjoyable years in that field." - Melissa Hayes '78 Swett

"My (late) husband, Dwight Carlile '55, and I both loved Graceland and believe it is a great educational university. It is a "highlight" to be there and make friends as well as being educated on a higher opportunity. Loved Graceland." - Lois Barnhardt '58 Carlile
"I am grateful for Graceland for community spirit, meaningful support of students, great education and relationships." - Karen Self '67 Quarashi
"Graceland blessed our lives!" - James '69 and Sharon Humphrey '69 Hannah
"I'm grateful for the great people at Graceland I get to work with every day." - Paula Anderson, Graceland Employee

"Graceland is a wonderful community which strives to make the world a better place by uplifting, compassion, caring, sharing and loving. Keep it going!" - Sandra Duke '72 Murphy
"Graceland changed my life! It's where I met my husband, and we were married for over sixty years." - Alice Folkes '48 Gunn
"We met each other at Graceland some 65 years ago." - Dwight '54 and Doris Brooks '54 Heath
"Graceland shaped the rest of my life. The two years I spent there (1963-65) opened doors of opportunity to grow, created lasting friendships and provided ways to serve - all in a safe and caring environment and a close relationship between students and faculty." - Jeanne Booth '65 Koch

"Graceland gave me a great place to work with great people for the last 16 years, and they educated my husband and my children for meaningful and productive lives!" - Cindy Leveridge-Gregory, Graceland Employee

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Did you miss it?

We recorded the live stream from the Day of Giving so you can go back and watch it on the Stretch Network.  Select the "On Demand" tab and scroll down to the March 5, 2019 Day of Giving event. The TV icon to the right will open up the video.  Paul J. Davis '77 interviewed alumni, friends, faculty, student leaders, and coaches.  You will also be able to view the performances of the symphonic band and choir.  It will warm your heart to listen to the wonderful testimonies and see the familiar faces of faculty and staff.