The eighth annual Greater Helena Gives fundraising event continued to build steam over the weekend before hitting a new record of $233,646 to help area nonprofits.
What started off as a 24-hour event rolled on through Monday as 993 donors made contributions to 96 nonprofit groups.
The event was to be Thursday and Friday, but organizers let it continue through the weekend and it brought in another $10,000. Shortly after the 6 p.m. Friday deadline, the total was $223,031.
It’s about $17,400 more than the previous record-setting event fundraiser of $216,185 in 2021 with 1,058 donations.
“WOW! Helena, you’ve blown us away with your kindness!” event organizers posted at 7 p.m. Friday on the www.greaterhelenagives.org website.
The contributions will go to the nonprofit organizations that signed up to benefit from the 24-hour online giving campaign focused on raising money and drawing attention to the local nonprofit community.
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Emily Frazier, executive director of the Helena Area Community Foundation, which oversees Greater Helena