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Questions and Answers

Below you will find answers to many common questions about Hoo-Rah! Day 2022.

What is Hoo-Rah Day?

Hoo-Rah Day is our annual celebration of Central College spirit and an opportunity to bring the Central community together all around the world! You can join the festivities by sharing pictures and messages on social media, wearing your favorite Central gear or by making a gift to the program or area on campus that means the most to you.

Why should I participate in Hoo-Rah Day?

The Central experience is built on long-lasting, meaningful relationships. So what better time to celebrate these connections than now? Those who donate to Central provide ongoing resources that are crucial to the success of the college and our students. Whether you support scholarships, academics, athletics or campus improvements, your support makes a real difference.

When is Hoo-Rah Day? 

The campaign kicks off officially at 12:00 a.m. CST on Tuesday, April 12, 2022, and ends at 11:59 p.m. the same day. 

How can I make my gift?

Visit any time Tuesday, April 12, 2022, and give to what inspires you.

What areas can I support?

Give to the scholarship, academic area, campus project, sport or arts program that means the most to you. From contributing to the Journey Scholarship Fund to funding transformative research or supporting important campus improvements, you can make an immediate and lasting difference at Central.

Don’t know what to support? We suggest the Journey Scholarship Fund. Central awarded more than $1.6 million in donor-funded Journey Scholarship awards this year. Our dream is to offer one to every incoming student, starting with the incoming class of Fall 2022. With your help, we can make that dream a reality!

What is the Central Cares Fund?

Disasters and unexpected emergencies can impact anyone. We recognize students can face short-term or unexpected hardship requiring some extra assistance. The Central Cares Fund was established to assist students experiencing extreme hardship.

Contributions to this fund are awarded to students demonstrating need for emergency assistance due to changes in economic or health conditions. Grants for students help cover a variety of expenses to ensure a successful educational experience for all.

Is it possible to make a gift by mail or by phone?

Because Hoo-Rah Day is just 24 hours long, we encourage you to make your gift online. This ensures your gift qualifies for matches and challenges taking place throughout the day.

To give by phone, call 641-628-5154 on April 12th from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST.  Gifts can be mailed ahead of time to: Central College, Office of Advancement, 812 University Street, Pella, IA 50219.

What other ways can I get involved?

Share some photos or HooRah messages on social media. Be sure to wear your Central red. Show off the poster included in the recent edition of the Civitas magazine. Share your stories and images using the hashtag #HoorahDay to help spread the word! The dashboard will collect posts, allowing visitors to to view constant updates from the Central community. 

What is an Ambassador and how can I become one?

Ambassadors are Central’s digital leaders, sharing messages and creating excitement about Hoo-Rah Day before and during the campaign. With an investment of a few hours, Ambassadors help spread awareness—asking their network to participate in Hoo-Rah Day using their preferred forms of communication: email, text, phone and social media. 

If you are interested in becoming an Ambassador, email

What gifts are matched on Hoo-Rah Day?

Gifts to the Journey Scholarship Fund will be matched – up to $65,000! – thanks to our incredible lead donors!

What are the Hoo-Rah Day Giving Challenges?

ANY Gift. ANY Program. Support your favorite scholarship, program, team or club. Every gift counts towards one or more giving challenges. When we reach our challenge goals, new funds are unlocked for the Journey Scholarship. It's a win/win! Learn more about our giving challenges

What if I don't see my area of interest as a giving option?

Try using the search feature to find the program of your choice or select the "Other" option from the drop down menu. We will ensure your gift is designated appropriately and contact you with any questions.

How can I make my donation go even further?

Many employers match charitable donations to higher education. To find out if your employer (or your spouse's employer) has a matching gift program, visit

Who should I contact with additional questions?

Our giving staff is happy to help. Contact us at 641-628-5154 or

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