Alumni Giving Tree

Join us on December 3, 2021 at 5:30 PM, as BJU continues its annual Christmas celebrations.

Thousands of sparking lights will be illuminated on front campus when the community gathers for our Greenville holiday tradition.

Photo of the Christmas Lighting Giving Tree. Photo by Derek Eckenroth, 2013

About the Alumni Giving Tree

BJU Alumni Relations will also continue out tradition of fellowship around the Alumni Giving Tree located in the Gazebo on the west side of Rodeheaver Auditorium. Each year hundreds of alumni and their families gather for hot chocolate and cookies created by Culinary Arts students.

Over the years, thousands of dollars have been donated in support of deserving members of our alumni community.

The Welgraven Family

This year, we have the privilege of supporting Blaine ’08 and Kaylee (Marvin) ’08 Welgraven and their children: Caeden (10), Aeva (8) and Aela (2).

The Welgraven family has  faced consistent battles with cancer over the past few years. In 2017, Blaine was diagnosed with cutaneous B-cell lymphoma, which manifested on his scalp, with the potential to spread to the organs if left untreated. He received radiation therapy and was declared cancer-free. Unfortunately, in 2020 he had a recurrence, and needed to go through a more aggressive antibody infusion treatment.

In September of 2021, Kaylee was unexpectedly diagnosed with Stage 2 invasive breast cancer at the age of 35. Once 16 treatments of chemotherapy have been completed, surgery will be followed by radiation therapy. The alumni community has the opportunity to lift up this family this Christmas season.

Please prayerfully consider giving to the 2021 Alumni Giving Tree. Donations will be accepted through January 8, 2022.