GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Bennett College collected $8.2 million during its fundraiser to save its accreditation.

That's more than their $5 million goal and college president Phyllis Dawkins says they're still counting money.

During a news conference Monday afternoon, Dawkins thanked the 11,000 donors who contributed.



Triad's own High Point University pledged $1 million and another big donor surprised the crowd Monday.

Kwanza Jones and husband Jose Feliciano gifted Bennett $1 million as well from their philanthropic organization called Supercharged Initative.

That's in addition to hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations that poured in over the weekend.

Bennett will use its new $8.2 million fundraising total to make the case for its accreditation to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.