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Today is the Blue Demon Challenge: Give Now!

Today is the Blue Demon Challenge, DePaul University's day of giving when alumni, parents, friends, students, faculty and staff come together to give back—and this year, our Challenge is bigger than ever! Your gift of any size can help us get one step closer to reaching our biggest goal yet: raising $3,000,000 in a single day!

Your gift to the School of Music is an investment in the lives of student-musicians at DePaul and helps build a sense of community for all of DePaul University. This year, Ray Daly (CSH MS ’65)  is encouraging you to join him in supporting the School of Music. Inspired by his great passion for music—which he fondly shared with his first wife, Harriet Peska Daly (SOM ’58, LAS MED ’67)—Ray has committed $25,000 to create a scholarship in Harriet’s name.  Harriet was a student at the School of Music in the 1950s, but sadly, her own musical pursuits were cut short by her untimely passing in 1979.  With the creation of the Harriet Peska Daly Endowed Scholarship in Music, Ray is establishing a legacy for Harriet’s memory at the School, while simultaneously helping future generations of students achieve their own musical dreams.   

Will you help Ray provide support for our music students?  He is challenging alumni and friends to make 60 gifts to the School of Music today, and every gift will help make a DePaul education a reality for deserving students.  

In addition to Ray's generous challenge, when alumni and friends direct 20 gifts to the Fund for Music, a donor who wishes to remain anonymous will give $25,000 to support School of Music students. The Fund for Music helps the school meet the needs of music students, especially during these tumultuous times.

Be a part of the Blue Demon Challenge and help support School of Music students. Give now! 

The Blue Demon Challenge is part of Now We Must: The Campaign for DePaul's Students - an effort to provide immediate, critical support for students in five key areas: Career Readiness, Emergency Assistance, Mental Health & Wellness, Scholarships & Financial Aid, and Access to Technology. Learn more about Now We Must at give.depaul.edu/nowwemust
Success!
A Reach For $2.4M!
Unlocked! DePaul surpassed $2,400,000 and unlocked $50,000 from a trustee who wishes to remain anonymous.
Completed
$75,000
Blue Demon Smash Challenge!
Unlocked! The DePaul community made 200 gifts between 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m and unlocked $75,000 to create a scholarship for first-generation students from Catherine Mechla (COE '71).
200 / 200 Gifts
Completed
$50,000
There's sNOw Place like DePaul Challenge
Unlocked! The DePaul community made 200 gifts in an hour and unlocked $50,000 from a donor who wishes to remain anonymous.
200 / 200 Gifts
Completed
Success!
50 States Challenge
50 States = $50,000! Alumni and friends from all 50 states made a gift and unlocked a $50,000 scholarship from the Gibbs family in memory of their son/brother, Dr. Michael G. Gibbs (LAS ’95, LAS MS ’97, COE EdD ’02). Dr. Gibbs, in addition to being a proud “Triple Demon” was a dedicated member of the DePaul staff from 1995 – 2004, leading efforts to establish new programs, meet strategic goals and serve the greater community.
Completed
$25,000
Now We Must: Bonus Scholarship Challenge
Success! Alumni and friends made an additional 100 gifts to scholarships and joined Diane Brown (CDM MS '95) who committed $25,000 to scholarships.
100 / 100 Gifts
Completed
$25,000
School of Music Challenge
Success! 60 gifts to the School of Music, meeting Ray Daly's (CSH MS '65) challenge in memory of his first wife, Harriet Peska Daly (SOM ’58, LAS MED ’67).
60 / 60 Gifts
Completed
Success!
Social Shares Challenge
Unlocked! 100 people shared Blue Demon Challenge posts and unlocked $2,500 for DePaul from Cory Gunderson (BUS ’91).
Completed
$25,000
312 Gifts!
312 gifts surpassed! $25,000 for Driehaus College of Business scholarships from Brian Sethness (MBA '02).
312 / 312 Gifts
Completed
$100,000
1,000 Gifts!
Unlocked! The DePaul University community made 1,000 gifts and unlocked $100,000 from ComEd. ComEd and DePaul University are proud supporters of the ComEd Scholars Program, an initiative to forge accessible pathways to higher education and STEM careers for women, ethnic minorities and other underrepresented groups. ComEd is delighted to be part of the Blue Demon Challenge and help inspire other members of the DePaul community to participate.
1,000 / 1,000 Gifts
Completed
$25,000
1898 Gifts!
Unlocked! Alumni and friends made 1898 gifts during the Blue Demon Challenge and unlocked $25,000 for Driehaus College of Business scholarships from Erik (DBA '19) and Lori Davidson.
1,898 / 1,898 Gifts
Completed
$25,000
2021 Gifts!
Unlocked! Alumni and friends made 2021 gifts and unlocked $25,000 for Driehaus College of Business scholarships from Diane Mustain (BUS '81, MBA '85)
2,021 / 2,021 Gifts
Completed
$10,000
Double Demon Challenge
Unlocked! Double Demons made 75 gifts and unlocked $10,000 from Tony Ciganek (CSH '74, CSH MS '76).
75 / 75 Gifts
Completed
$75,000
Faculty/Staff Giving Challenge
Unlocked! DePaul faculty and staff donors unlocked $75,000 in support of study abroad.
250 / 250 Gifts
Completed
$15,000
Parent Giving Challenge
Unlocked! DePaul parents made 100 gifts and unlocked $15,000 from a donor who wishes to remain anonymous.
100 / 100 Gifts
Completed
$25,000
Young Alumni Challenge
Unlocked! DePaul's young alumni unlocked $25,000 for scholarships from a donor who wishes to remain anonymous.
100 / 100 Gifts
Completed
Success!
Reach for $3M and Billy the Blue Demon!
Unlocked! DePaul surpassed $3,000,000 and unlocked an additional $150,000 from a trustee who wishes to remain anonymous.
Completed
Success!
Unlock Billy Blue Demon!
Billy is leaving the vault! The DePaul community came together to raise $3,000,000 in a single day, and Athletics will team with Barnes & Noble’s team shop to release the Classic Collection, an initial salute to DePaul’s nostalgic and iconic Billy Blue Demon logo.
Completed
$25,000
Wake up with DePaul Challenge
Unlocked! DePaul received 150 gifts between 8 a.m. - 9 a.m. and unlocked $25,000 for Driehaus College of Business scholarships from a donor who wishes to remain anonymous.
150 / 150 Gifts
Completed
$50,000
Now We Must: Scholarship Challenge
Unlocked! $50,000 to create an endowed scholarship from Rick Michaels (BUS '73).
100 / 100 Gifts
Completed
$25,000
Bonus School of Music Challenge!
Unlocked! Alumni and friends made an additional 25 gifts to the School of Music and unlocked $25,000 from Ernie (BUS ’57) and Mimi Wish!
25 / 25 Gifts
Completed
$25,000
Fund for Music Challenge
Unlocked! $25,000 to the School of Music from a donor who wishes to remain anonymous.
20 / 20 Gifts
Completed
$25,000
First 100 Gifts!
Unlocked! $25,000 for scholarships from Janice Newman, adjunct faculty member in the Driehaus College of Business.
100 / 100 Gifts
Completed
$25,000
773 Gifts!
Unlocked! $25,000 to the College of Communication from a donor who wishes to remain anonymous.
773 / 773 Gifts
Completed
$25,000
1581 Gifts!
Unlocked! Alumni and friends made 1581 gifts so far during the Blue Demon Challenge and unlocked $25,000 for College of Education Scholarships from a group of donors who wish to remain anonymous.
1,581 / 1,581 Gifts
Completed
$100,000
2,000 Gifts!
Unlocked! The DePaul University community made 2,000 gifts and unlocked $100,000 from ComEd. ComEd and DePaul University are proud supporters of the ComEd Scholars Program, an initiative to forge accessible pathways to higher education and STEM careers for women, ethnic minorities and other underrepresented groups. ComEd is delighted to be part of the Blue Demon Challenge and help inspire other members of the DePaul community to participate.
2,000 / 2,000 Gifts
Completed
$25,000
3,000 Gifts!
Unlocked! The DePaul community made over 3,000 gifts and unlocked $25,000 from a donor who wishes to remain anonymous.
3,000 / 3,000 Gifts
Completed
$25,000
Bonus Double Demon Challenge
Unlocked! Double demons made an additional 25 gifts and unlocked $25,000 for the Driehaus College of Business from Ernie (BUS’57) and Mimi Wish.
25 / 25 Gifts
Completed
$75,000
Bonus Faculty/Staff Challenge
Unlocked! DePaul faculty and staff donors made an additional 150 gifts and unlocked an additional $75,000 for scholarships from Rich and Mary Ann Goode.
150 / 150 Gifts
Completed
$25,000
Student Giving Challenge
Unlocked! DePaul students made 50 gifts and unlocked a $25,000 scholarship from Dr. Kathleen Cieplak Owens (LAS '73)!
50 / 50 Gifts
Completed
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