I’m hitting the road today to take a much-needed vacation. I hope you are planning to take some time off this summer too. We all need an opportunity to recharge our batteries and I cannot wait to recharge mine with my family on the sandy beach of Pawley’s Island, SC!
Before I go, I’m thrilled to report that the 201 nonprofits participating in Kentucky Gives Day on May 24 raised $181,649 in just 24 hours. I’m even more thrilled to report that the 2016 effort brought our four-year total to $1,113,105!
Congratulations to these KNN members winning top fundraising prizes on the big day! Their totals include dollars raised and prizes from KNN.
- First Place: Hindman Settlement School, Hindman – $13,995
- Second Place: STRIVE, Louisville – $10,960
- Third Place: Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, Lexington – $7,105
- Fourth Place: Step by Step, Lexington – $6,205
- Fifth Place: Feeding America Kentucky’s Heartland, Elizabethtown – $5,910
As you can see – some tight competition! Other prize winners include: Toy Chest, Franklin County Women’s Shelter, God’s Pantry Food Bank, Hospice of the Bluegrass and Glean KY. Check out full details on the results!
This event was made possible with support of our sponsors: Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Kentucky; Anthem Medicaid and Keeneland! Our media partners were essential to getting the word out: Ocululs Studios; iHeart Media Lexington; iHeart Media Louisville; Kentucky News Network; WAVE, Louisville; WKYT, Lexington; WPSD, Paducah; WBKO, Bowling Green; WEHT, Evansville; WYMT, Hazard and Lexington Herald-Leader. We were also excited to welcome a regional partner for the first time – Central Kentucky Community Foundation did a fantastic job of bringing twenty-one organizations to KY Gives Day and offering an additional $1000 in prizes to top fundraisers from their region.
KNN is proud to host this annual statewide day of giving in the Commonwealth and we are grateful for the nonprofits, partners and donors working with us to make it a success! Stay tuned for news on 2017 – I plan to tackle that project and more upon return from the beach…