Armstrong Paints the Town Maroon


On Friday, March 27, Pirate pride took center stage in Johnson Square in historic downtown Savannah as Armstrong celebrated the second annual Paint the Town Maroon event. This community-wide pep rally honors the university’s connection to Savannah and its commitment to providing scholarship support for students in need.

“This year’s event was even bigger and better than last year,” said Armstrong President Linda M. Bleicken. “So many community members, alumni, faculty, staff and students came out wearing maroon to show their Armstrong pride and to support student scholarships.”

Sponsored by The Pinyan Company, Paint the Town Maroon surpassed its $75,000 goal, raising more than $90,000. While this money will assist many students at Armstrong, one student in particular spoke to the audience in attendance and discussed how a scholarship from Armstrong has touched her life.

“Receiving an Armstrong scholarship made me feel like anything is possible and all of my hard work paid off,” Armstrong scholarship recipient Latoriya Young told the crowd in attendance.

In addition to supporting student scholarships, the event also served as a celebration of everything Armstrong. The square’s fountains were dyed maroon for the first time ever. In addition, Leopold’s—which is owned and operated by ’64 alum Stratton Leopold—served free Pirate’s Treasure ice cream as students and alumni played games of corn hole in Johnson Square.

“I have never really been to any big Armstrong events, and I am excited for the opportunity to show my Armstrong spirit,” said senior Rima Patel, as she perused department and organization tables set up around the square.



While the pirate photo booth, cheeseburger sliders and free cookies from McDonald’s were certainly highlights of the event, many alumni, like ’02 graduate Tania June Sammons, senior curator of decorative arts and historic sites at Telfair Museums, were thrilled to be reunited with their former professors and classmates.

“I’m seeing people that I haven’t seen in a while,” said Sammons. “This is a wonderful event.”

Paint the Town Maroon was a tremendous success, serving as a nod to Armstrong’s founding in downtown Savannah in 1935 and underscoring the university’s legacy in the community.  

“We are well on our way to making a significant impact, year after year, with this event,” said Vice President of Advancement Bill Kelso. “We appreciate all the support from everyone who attended Paint the Town Maroon. We’re already looking forward to celebrating in 2016!”