HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 22, 2018 – Hundreds of High Point University parents and students gathered inside the Hayworth Fine Arts Center today as HPU President Nido Qubein presented a check for $30,000 to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Florence relief efforts.
“HPU has stepped up time and time again to meet the needs of the community and the region,” said Phil Driscoll, chair of the High Point chapter of the American Red Cross. “This money goes directly to those impacted by Hurricane Florence. Even though the sun is shining today, the waters from the storm continue to rise, and it may be months and months before many are able return to normalcy. These funds will purchase cots, supplies, food and more. HPU is a great example of servant leadership.”
The announcement came during the university’s annual Family Weekend event, which goes through Sunday and draws 5,000 visitors to the city. After Qubein’s presentation to families, the university also hosted a meal packing event where families volunteered to package nonperishable food for people who were impacted by the storm.
“While our campus remained open with normal operations to keep students safe and secure, our hearts are heavy for those who are now recovering,” said Qubein. “HPU is a values-based institution, and we pray our efforts will assist people in eastern North Carolina and places beyond who are suffering from this storm.”
Just five days ago on Sept. 17, Qubein and members of HPU’s Student Government Association announced that the campus would raise funds for the American Red Cross after the storm impacted the eastern part of North Carolina. Anyone can still contribute to the efforts here.