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Second Annual Giving Day a Great Success

The Beloit College community is generous and showed its heart and soul during its second annual Giving Day on Wednesday, April 20, 2016. In just 24 hours, the college raised over $65,000 from more than 450 supporters.

Not only did the gifts far surpass the original goal of $25,000, the event also raised $25,000 more than last year. Beloit is touched by the fantastic response received from supporters and is grateful to be backed by such a strong foundation of alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and friends. These gifts help make ‪#‎BeloitPossible for the next generation of Turtles, Bucs, and Beloiters.

The unconditional support, enthusiastically offered by our alumni, parents, and friends is a tribute to the character of our community, and the value that we all collectively recognize in the mission we seek to advance. We at Beloit are privileged to have a community so willing to invest in the future of our great institution, and our students. For this, we are grateful,” said Mark Wold’95, Senior Director of Alumni & Parent Relations and Annual Support.

Thank you to all who supported Beloit College’s second annual Giving Day. As College President Scott Bierman often says, it’s “turtles all the way down.”


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Buc Report: Athletic trainer riding for a good cause

October 9, 2013 at 11:20 pm

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“It’s more than a ride – it’s Bike MS.”

A series of cycling events that take place across the nation, Bike MS is designed with the intention of raising funds for the National MS Society, an organization involved with research for Multiple Sclerosis.

While “It’s more than a ride” is the slogan behind the Bike MS organization, it is also a direct quote from Beloit College head athletic trainer Andrew Wier, who is a Bike MS participant.

Wier has been riding in Bike MS events since 2010 and regularly attends the Tour de Farms ride based out of DeKalb, Ill. Hosted by the Greater Illinois Chapter of the National MS Society, the Tour de Farms includes two days of rides at varying distances.

“(The event) is on a Saturday and Sunday, and each day you choose between the distances they have,” says Wier. “On Saturday, you can choose 25, 50, 75, 100, or 125 miles. Then on Sunday it’s 35 or 75 miles.” Beginning on the NIU campus, this event also offers beautiful scenery throughout the countryside of northern Illinois.

A distinguishing characteristic of these biking events is that there is a greater motivation for participants beyond the physical benefits.  

“For me personally, it’s nice to have a goal that keeps me motivated to stay on my bike and stay healthy−and at the same time it’s not just about me being on my bike. I get to donate some of my time and resources for an important cause,” says Wier.

One of the requirements for these events is that anyone interested must do a minimal amount of fundraising (determined by the individual ride) in order to participate.

“Each of the rides I was at raised over $1 million dollars in one weekend,” Wier says. “It was usually between $1.3 and 1.7 million a piece.”

Wier also has a personal connection that sparked his initial interest in the cause.

“My sister-in-law has a brother who was diagnosed with MS, so they were starting to do rides in New Mexico, Indiana, and Oklahoma. Later they found one in Illinois and invited me to come along with them,” says Wier. “At the actual event, there are some professional teams there…and there are groups of people who just show up like our family. It’s amazing to see all the different tents and teams.”

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Whether you are a seasoned racer or just occasionally take a ride down the river, Wier encourages anyone interested to get involved.

“The support that the MS society provides makes that ride one of the most moving experiences in terms of the charitable events I’ve done. Along the way, they have different rest areas, and you can stop and talk to quite literally thousands of people that are on the ride with you that day,” says Wier. “It’s encouraging and inspiring, but it’s difficult to put into words until you’ve been in an event like that.”

For more information on Bike MS, visit www.bikems.org.