Greater Helena Gives has record year for fundraising

Phil Drake

Greater Helena Gives had a record year in its fundraising marathon earlier this week, and the money keeps coming in.

As of Friday afternoon, the event that benefits 110 Helena-area nonprofits had raised $267,572 through 1,195 donors. While the event officially ended 8 p.m. Thursday, organizers said they would continue to take in money until 8 p.m. Monday.

Last year’s fundraiser brought in $230,081 from 997 donors for 96 nonprofits, which at the time was a record.

“We had a great year,” said Emily Frazier, executive director of the Helena Area Community Foundation, which organized the event.

As of 2 p.m. Friday, the Lewis and Clark Humane Society was the top nonprofit to benefit, receiving $22,426 from 165 donors and next was St. Peter’s Health with $22,000 from 45 donors.

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“We are so grateful for such a supportive community that always shows up for us,” said Cassidy Cook, director of development and communications for the Lewis and Clark Humane Society.

“Greater Helena Gives always helps our budget – we raise money to help us pay for all the dog and cat food every year during Greater Helena

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