Nov. 27, 2016
GAMBIER, Ohio — Kenyon College is ringing in Giving Tuesday on Nov. 29 with the “Bell-A-Thon,” a special one-day online giving event held in the iconic bell tower of Kenyon’s Church of the Holy Spirit.
For each gift made to the Kenyon Fund between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. ET, students and faculty members will ring the bells in the tower and announce the names of donors. The 12-hour program, livestreamed from the bell tower, also will feature student emcees, performances from campus musicians and comedians, and interviews with beloved faculty and staff members.
The inaugural Bell-A-Thon in 2015 raised nearly $84,000 in gifts from more than 400 donors. Approximately 87 percent of visits to the Bell-A-Thon’s online gift form were converted to donations. This year, organizers hope to surpass those numbers.
“The Bell-A-Thon is Kenyon’s answer to how a college can embrace the rapidly growing fundraising trend of online giving days in a way that feels true to the character of the institution,” said Marketing Director Megan Monaghan. “What makes the Bell-A-Thon unique to Kenyon is that it offers a rare and entertaining glimpse inside the bell tower of one of the campus’s landmark buildings, a space only previously frequented by Kenyon’s bell-ringing society, the Pealers.”
The Bell-A-Thon livestream will be available at chimein.kenyon.edu. Donors are encouraged to share news of their generosity on social media using #KenyonChimesIn.
Kenyon College is a highly selective, private liberal arts college of approximately 1,650 students located in central Ohio. Founded in 1824, it is the oldest private college in Ohio.