MMU’s first-ever day of giving to showcase community spirit, honor historic May Day celebration


Mount Mercy University will showcase Mustang pride throughout the community during its first-ever day of giving on Tuesday, May 1.

#HaveMercyGiveMercy will be a 24-hour effort for students, alumni and friends to show Mount Mercy spirit, celebrate together and give back to MMU.

May 1 has significant historical meaning to Mount Mercy. For more than 30 years, the university’s May Day celebration took place on campus at the historic Our Mother of Sorrows Grotto. In previous years, the annual May Day celebration involved crowning the May Queen and presenting music and dance performances. This annual event took place from 1928 to 1958 and will be recreated during #HaveMercyGiveMercy festivities.

“We are excited to hold our first-ever #HaveMercyGiveMercy on May 1,” said Brenda Haefner ’96, vice president for development & alumni relations. “Our goal of 501 donors gives our community the opportunity to make an impact with a gift of any size. I’m so grateful to our board of trustees for their support and willingness to offer a challenge gift if we make our goal. I can’t wait to see our community share their Mount Mercy stories and pride!”

There are many ways to #HaveMercyGiveMercy on May 1:

  • Share memories of Mount Mercy on your favorite social media platform, and use #HaveMercyGiveMercy in your post.
  • Wear blue and gold, and tell others why MMU matters to you!
  • Celebrate with us on campus! Alumni and friends are welcome to participate in the events throughout the day. Find a full schedule here.
  • Showcase your MMU pride with your coworkers. If you work with other Mustangs and would like a picture with Mustang Sally, let us know by emailing
  • Be one of the 501 donors! All gifts, no matter the size, count toward our donor goal. If we reach 501 donors, the board of trustees will make an additional $25,000 gift to the Mount Mercy Fund.

The Mount Mercy Fund provides unrestricted support to the university and can be used wherever the need is greatest. Gifts to the fund support all students and help to provide a variety of opportunities.

“May 1 is a day to celebrate your story and spirit of Mount Mercy—on our campus, in our community and further,” said Peg Bruns Detweiler ’92, alumni board president. “I will be 1 of the 501 on May 1 to keep that spirit going, and I’m looking forward to attending a #HaveMercyGiveMercy event on Tuesday to celebrate that spirit.”

For more information about #HaveMercyGiveMercy, visit or contact Michaela Pease, director for development & alumni relations, at or 319-286-4403.

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