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Walsh Giving Day Exceeds Fundraising Goal for Student Support

TROY, Mich., Sept. 4, 2020 — On Aug. 26, 2020, Walsh raised more than $63,000 during the inaugural Walsh Giving Day, exceeding fundraising goals and benefiting critical student programs including the Student Emergency Assistance Fund, which supports students who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Since Mar. 15, 2020, more than $129,000 has been raised exclusively for the Student Emergency Assistance Fund.

Wash Giving Day featured several virtual events including an interview with newly-appointed president and CEO Michael Levens, Ph.D., and Ask-Me-Anything with Walsh alumnus Jerry Schafer, BAC ’75, retired corporate vice president of worldwide development at McDonald’s Corporation and past interim president and CEO of Walsh. The day ended with Conversations with Leaders 2020: What’s Next? A Look at Markets, Economy and Elections, which featured John Moore, Ph.D., Walsh professor and chair of finance and economics and Leon LaBrecque, JD, CPA, CFP, CFA, chief growth officer at Sequoia Financial and was moderated by Chad Livengood of Crain’s Detroit Business.

“It is through the generous support of Walsh alumni and friends that we are able to provide financial relief for students impacted by COVID-19, offer student scholarships, provide free tutoring and support student organizations,” said Levens. “This Giving Day, those alumni and friends rose to the challenge and are helping students continue toward their educational goals.”

Walsh Giving Day was sponsored in part by Comerica, Dynamic Marketing (and Walsh alumnus Dan Lixie), The Frank & Helen Gofrank Foundation (and Shirley Gofrank, former Walsh Trustee and alumna); Plastipak Holdings (with special thanks to Walsh alumnus, Michael Plotzke, CFO and Chairman of the Walsh Board of Trustees); Genisys Credit Union (and alumna Jackie Buchanan, President and CEO); The George Seifert & Elizabeth Seifert Foundation; and Polk & Associates.

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Walsh is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. Founded in 1922, Walsh is one of Southeast Michigan’s largest graduate business schools, offering classes in several locations and online. Our internationally and nationally-ranked programs integrate theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. Walsh degree programs include accounting, finance, information technology, human resources, management, marketing, taxation and other fields. For more information, please visit

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