Senator Don Davis among supporters of Bennett College

Published: Feb. 4, 2019 at 9:47 PM EST
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Eastern North Carolina Senator Don Davis is among the many supporters of a recent fundraising goal for Bennett College, a Historically Black Women's College in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Bennett College has soared past the fundraising goal it set in hopes of avoiding losing its accreditation.

College President Phyllis Worthy Dawkins announced Monday that the school has raised $8.2 million. She made the announcement before students, alumnae and supporters in the school's chapel. College leaders said the total doesn't include cash and checks that arrived Monday.

In a heart-felt social media post, Senator Don Davis wrote a personal message about his connection to Bennett College with a photo of his mother in the school's chapel. The emotional photo is being shared over and over.

The Senator said, "I'm full of joy knowing that so many from across the nation chipped in to help save Bennett College by raising over $8.2 million. My mother, who is a graduate of Bennett College, at the announcement, was shown in tears. Once I saw this photo of her, it brought tears to my eyes knowing a school that was the ticket for her, as a single mom, to provide for us would still be around for others."

Bennett College set last Friday as a deadline to raise $5 million to avoid losing its status with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

The college president said, the Greensboro school has raised enough money to produce additional resources and should be in good shape."

"Bennett College provided my mother with the foundation she needed to be successful at Proctor and Gamble and eventually, retire after 30+ years from IBM. It allowed her to give me more exposure, which provided me with the ability to attend the US Air Force Academy and serve our country. Bennett College has been instrumental and will continue to help many women fulfill the American Dream. Today, we see the best of North Carolina, and I will forever, #StandWithBennett," Senator Davis added.

In addition to groups and individuals, High Point University President Nido Qubein announced Friday that his school would donate $1 million to Bennett.