‘Give to Grow’ nets more than $97,000

Submitted by Leslie Scoby

The fourth Give to Grow Day was held on Friday, Nov. 29, in Sabetha. In 24 hours of giving, $81,852.27 was donated to area charitable organizations that are a part of the Greater Sabetha Community Foundation. A $15,000 match and $800 in hourly prizes brought the total to $97,652.27.

The online platform made it possible for donors from Texas, Arizona, Missouri and Arkansas to make donations during the 24-hour event. This year, 32 percent of the donations were made using the online giving day platform, made possible through Evergreen Giving Solutions.

Donors had a choice of giving contributions to 46 different charities. The Main Event, Neighbor-2-Neighbor and the Apostolic Christian Home were the top three fundraisers, followed by Lakeside Terrace, Sabetha Health and Wellness and the Sabetha Community Hospital Health Foundation. All 46 organizations received donations that will support their charitable causes.

The major supporters of the Give to Grow Match Day were Community National Bank, Morrill and Janes Bank and United Bank and Trust. Rainbow Communications donated to support the event, as well.

The event was sponsored by GSCF, which is a vehicle for people of all means to make a lasting difference in their local community.  All donations are tax deductible and help fund local projects or existing nonprofits.

GSCF was established in 2015 and is operated by a 15-member board of directors. GSCF is an affiliate of Greater Manhattan Community Foundation. GSCF can assist other organizations or people with ideas for community projects as well as help individuals establish donor advised funds which allows a donor to make a charitable contribution, receive an immediate tax benefit and make personal planned giving decisions over time.

GSCF will hold a Community Celebration Gala on Jan. 11, 2020, at The Main Event to honor the charitable organizations in the area, celebrate the community and give recognition to three honorees who have “Served Sabetha Strong.”

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