Local businesses play vital role in five years of success
DUBUQUE, Iowa – Loras College, a four-year Catholic liberal arts college in Dubuque, will host its sixth annual Duhawk Day on Wednesday, March 14. The 24-hour event is centered around the College’s address, 1450 Alta Vista St. Appropriately, the goal is 1,450 donors.
Duhawk Day unites Duhawks around the world and spreads spirit, pride and support for Loras, the first college in Iowa. Last year, alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends of the College set a new record with 1,614 donors, including 360 students. Thousands of individuals united at 17 events and gatherings across the country.
“Last year the response was record breaking and I’m confident that we will achieve 1,450 donors this year, if not top last year’s record,” said Mike Doyle, a 1991 graduate of Loras and vice president for advancement & treasurer. “And as always, the business community continues to be essential to the success of Duhawk Day.”
Several businesses in the Dubuque area designate a representative each year to rally around Duhawk Day, gather all Duhawks for photos and encourage colleagues to become part of the 1,450 donors challenge. Updates will appear throughout the day on the Loras College Alumni Facebook Page.
This year, 7 Hills Brewery, 1085 Washington St., Dubuque, will brew a Duhawk Day beverage and hold a competition to create a logo for the special concoction. 7 Hills will also host Duhawks at 8 p.m. on Duhawk Day following the annual Duhawk Day social in the Loras College PUB from 5 pm – 7 pm.
Also, Jumble Coffee Company, 4945 Asbury Rd., Asbury, will serve a special Duhawk Day java during the day.
How businesses can celebrate Duhawk Day
- Have employees wear their favorite purple and gold.
- Take a picture of company staff, friends of business or a group selfie. Then post it to your company’s social media accounts using #DuhawkDay.
- Have Loras alumni from your company share the many reasons why they love Loras on social media.
- Employees can email and text their Duhawk friends to wish them a “Happy Duhawk Day” and meet up with them at an event.
- Encourage employees to be one of the 1,450 donors by donating at loras.edu/donate.
For more information on how your business can get involved on Duhawk Day, visit loras.edu/DuhawkDay or contact Brie Pumilia, assistant director of alumni relations, at Brieanna.Pumilia@loras.edu or 563.588.7776.
ABOUT LORAS COLLEGE
Loras leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan institutions to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. Loras ranks among 450 NCAA Division III athletic programs in Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings, 11th out of the Top 100 baccalaureate colleges, according to the 2016 Washington Monthly College Rankings, 13th Best Regional College, according to Midwest U.S. News Best Colleges and is among the 200 Best-Loved Colleges in the nation, according to Forbes Magazine.