Several local charities fare well during Amazing Raise

by Sherry Hamilton - Posted on Sep 25, 2013 - 12:38 PM

Photo: Carolyn Grimes, a volunteer for the Samaritan Group in Gloucester, flags down passersby in front of Sunrise Donuts and Sweets on Route 17 at Hayes during last week’s Amazing Raise. The shop offered free coffee and doughnuts to patrons and held a raffle for a cake to support the Samaritans during the fundraiser last Wednesday and Thursday. In addition, employees gave the group all their tips. Samaritans were at the shop with computers throughout the fundraiser so people could donate on-site.

Carolyn Grimes, a volunteer for the Samaritan Group in Gloucester, flags down passersby in front of Sunrise Donuts and Sweets on Route 17 at Hayes during last week’s Amazing Raise. The shop offered free coffee and doughnuts to patrons and held a raffle for a cake to support the Samaritans during the fundraiser last Wednesday and Thursday. In addition, employees gave the group all their tips. Samaritans were at the shop with computers throughout the fundraiser so people could donate on-site.

Several local nonprofit organizations fared well during last week’s Amazing Raise, a 36-hour online multi-organizational fundraising effort sponsored by the Richmond Community Foundation.

Held on Wednesday and Thursday, the fundraiser brought in $1.5 million for 467 nonprofits from Richmond to the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck.

To be eligible for a top prize, an organization had to bring in the most individual donations of $50 or more. Multiple donations by one individual did not count. However, all donations in any amount were accepted and added to the total raised.

Bonus prizes amounting to a total of $154,000 were awarded for contests that ran during the fundraiser, which could be won with donations of $25 or more.

Urban organizations generally raised the most money, had the most donors and won the most prizes. However, three local organizations ran with the big groups.

The Bay School Community Arts Center in Mathews brought in 107 eligible individual donations out of 193 total gifts received. The school raised $14,950 and won a bonus of $1,000 for having the most individual donations during the lunch break on Thursday.