Match Day 2017 is in the books and while the total dollar amount raised won't be announced for a couple weeks, early indications are that this year's event was another huge success.
A total of 24 organizations from Lyon, Chase and Osage counties set up shop in the Flinthills Mall to allow the public to donate to one, a few or all nonprofits. Emporia Community Foundation executive director Loni Heinen says one of the things she was most excited about was getting young people interested in giving back to their community.
Students from William Allen White and Chase County Elementary schools were given $100 per grade level to donate to nonprofits as they saw fit. Another aspect Heinen said she was excited about was seeing all the new faces coming out this year to donate.
Five major donors have put up $10,000 each in matching funds for individual donations. Heinen said Monday night that donations were anticipated to beat last year's total and Match Day 2017 also is expected to exceed last year's number of donors.
Monday 2 p.m.
Match Day 2017 final totals aren't being released for another couple weeks but already this year's event is performing very well.
With 24 local organizations set up at the Flinthills Mall, Emporia Community Foundation representatives say they've seen amazing support. Former ECF executive director Shirley Antes says the early part of the day was a very telling sign of the success they would have.
The day has seen the inclusion of young people also as students from both William Allen White Elementary and Chase County Schools coming out to learn more about each organization. Match Day committee member Kay Lauer says the events extends beyond Lyon County's borders to include nonprofits from Chase and Osage counties.
The event has five major donors that also have put up $10,000 each to match individual donations. Last year's total was $239,000 with total distributions over $363,000.
Monday 10:00 a.m.
Match Day 2017 is underway at the Flinthills Mall.
A total of 24 local organizations have booths set up. Emporia Community Foundation program officer Loni Heinen says each organizations will have activities and incentives going on Monday.
Match Day has five major donors that have put up $10,000 each to match individual donations. Mark Schreiber, representing the Trusler Foundation talks about the importance of Match Day to the foundation.
Last year donations added up to be $239,000 and total distributions was over $363,000. Match Day runs from 9 am to