It wasn’t until 48 hours before the deadline that John Holden ’98 and Cara Townsend ’05, both on staff at Drew’s Alumni House, realized the goal was within reach. “I was worried it wasn’t going to happen,” recalls Holden. “Then, all of a sudden, it was like winning at a slot machine!” Holden’s analogy describes what it was like at Alumni House on Friday, June 28, just two days before the end of Drew’s fiscal year, as the online giving site lit up with donations from alumni of the College of Liberal Arts who were responding to the “99 Days Challenge.” Over the preceding weeks, alumni had rallied around this challenge in a way not seen before at Drew. Working with the staff at Alumni House, alumni volunteers took the lead in reaching out to classmates through Facebook and other digital platforms. Katya Valasek ’04 posted yearbook photos on Facebook and invited her classmates into the process by tagging them. Yasin Abbak ’09 posted the challenge countdown webpage, publicly announced his gift, and urged alumni to step up. Amy McHugh ’10 used Facebook to ask her Drew friends to redirect $5 to Drew, and then went old-school by collecting cash […]