$420k Donation From Daytona Beach Racing And Facilities District Pushes B-CU Past $500k Raised Of Its $1 Million Fundraising Goal

$420k Donation From Daytona Beach Racing And Facilities District Pushes B-CU Past $500k Raised Of Its $1 Million Fundraising Goal


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 13, 2024) – Bethune-Cookman University has surpassed the half-way mark toward its $1 million fundraising goal, thanks in large part to a donation from the Daytona Beach Racing and Facilities District made on the university’s annual Day of Giving March 21.

In addition to the gift from the Daytona Beach Racing and Facilities District, the university announced several other major donations from local organizations and individuals Thursday, including:

$30,000 - Mr. John L. Bryan
$25,000 - Omega Psi Phi, Inc.
$15,000 - Dr. Emeril McNair as a donation to the McNair Group Endowed Scholarship Fund
$15,000 - Deric Feacher ’00 (personal gift to his endowment)
$10,000 - Dr. LaVon Bracy to establish the Reverend Bracy Endowed Scholarship Fund
$10,000 - Bethune-Cookman University Women’s Advisory Board
$10,000 - Robin Solomon Endowed Scholarship Fund
$9,300 - Alpha Kappa Alpha, Gamma Tau Graduates
$5,000 - 4 Rivers Smokehouse 
$3,000 - Daytona Beach Links, Inc.

The institution also received individual gifts totaling more than $85,000 through give.cookman.edu

“We are overwhelmed by the generosity of our alumni and neighbors,” said Dr. Sherry Paramore ’91, vice president of institutional advancement at Bethune-Cookman University. “Philanthropy is an important part of sustaining our university’s ability to carry out the mission and vision of our institution to educate a diverse community of learners to become responsible, productive citizens and solution seekers through the promotion of faith, scholarship, creative endeavors, leadership and service. Every donation, no matter the size, is a testament to our shared commitment to Dr. Bethune's dedication to education and service, and we are abundantly grateful for the support of our university community.”

Bethune-Cookman officials recently announced a goal to raise $1 million in honor of its 120th anniversary. At midnight, online donations had totaled $577,511 raised from 249 gifts. 

About Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU)

Now in its 120th year, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) is a historically-Black university in Daytona Beach, Fla., founded by civil and human rights activist Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune in 1904 as the Daytona Educational and Industrial Training School for Negro Girls. With deep roots in the history of America, B-CU is a United Methodist-related, private institution largely focused on liberal arts programs to meet students’ diverse educational, social and cultural needs. The university is home to the nation’s #2 HBCU Nursing Program, a world-renowned marching band known as “The Pride,” and is a member of the Southwestern Athletic Conference.