Big Give is huge success!

REASON TO SMILE -- Boone County Philanthropy Council officers (l.-r.) Tina Stokes, Jay Wolf, Julie Mahoney and Cheri Werner add up donations from the Boone County Big Give during the Wrap Party Friday evening, Dec. 5, at the Cardinal Inn.Boone County’s inaugural “Big Give” event was a huge success last Friday, Dec. 5, and 12 charitable organizations across the county will benefit.
Based on preliminary totals, the 12 hours of giving brought in more than $171,000 from more than 670 individual contributors.
“This is just beyond our wildest dreams, and we’re very thankful for the generosity of everyone who contributed,” said Jay Wolf, a member of the Boone County Philanthropy Council, which spearheaded the event. Tina Stokes is coordinator of the Philanthropy Council.
Gifts on Friday were supported with an additional $13,000 in matching funds contributed by platinum sponsors Cornerstone Bank, Pillen Family Farms and Valero Renewables, and gold sponsors Jeff and Stephanie Beckwith and The Maschhoffs.
Organizations receiving funds are:
– Albion Area Arts Council to support the Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre production of Little Red Riding Hood;
– Albion Education Foundation to support Boone Cenetral and St. Michael’s student grants;
– Albion Public Library to support its digitized microfilm project for local history research;
– Boone Central TeamMates to support its annual Henry Doorly Zoo trip;
– Boone County Area Foundation to support its annual grant program;
– Boone County Fitness Center for new equipment;
– Boone County Food Pantry for food/personal hygiene products;
– Boone County Historical Society for restoration of an antique buggy on display;
– Boone County Health Center Foundation for its CarePartners Program;
– Cedar Valley Community Foundation for its annual programming;
– Good Samaritan Society, Albion, for construction of its new wing;
– Petersburg Community Club for a downtown park renovation project.
– Albion Public Library