Twenty-two area nonprofits raised nearly $200,000 for their coffers recently.
The Community Foundation of Jackson County conducted its annual Charity Challenge 5K Run and Fun Walk during the Harvest in the Wood Festival in Ravenswood, and organizers said this year’s event was one of the best.
The event is one of West Virginia’s largest collaborative fundraisers, said Cristy Sizemore Crowell, JCCF executive director. The event engaged more than 800 participants and produced over $185,000 for 22 local nonprofits as well as the Jackson County Community Support Fund.
Crowell said more than 50 local businesses and individual donors helped build a Challenge Matching Fund to provide a $1 match for every $2 raised by the 22 nonprofits selected to participate.
The funds, which were raised between May 1 and Sept. 29, will be returned to the community for a wide variety of local programs and projects that will touch just about everyone in the community from youth to seniors.
The grant awards will be presented to the charities at the Foundation’s Community Celebration on Oct. 18 with Mary Lou Retton.
“All of the 22 local nonprofit organizations made the absolute most of their involvement in the five-month-long fundraising and matching fund program,” Crowell said.
The groups’ individual fundraising totals ranged from $1,000 to $39,000, and they received matching funds from the community foundation ranging from $1,000 to $3,000 per organization, Crowell said. Additional challenge awards of $1,000 each were are also given to the nonprofit organization that generated the most funds, the one that has the most participation, and those who were building permanent community endowment funds to support their efforts.
“These additional challenge awards really intensified the competition this year. Three groups worked hard to vie for the ‘most participants’ challenge award this year. It was great to see these groups making the most of their involvement in the Charity Challenge Program. This is what the program is all about – ‘Working Together to Strengthen our Community,’” Crowell said.
Guardians of the Children was the victor in the challenge battle for the most participants. Jackson General Hospital secured an additional $1,000 with the most funds raised during the challenge period. The Endowment Incentive this year went to a long-time fund-holder and JCCF Partner, The Jackson County Developmental Center.
“These efforts provide a shining example of what can be accomplished when people want to make a difference and work together to accomplish the goal,” Crowell said.
Over the past 16 years, the Community Foundation of Jackson County has worked with numerous nonprofit organizations and local matching fund donors to provide a grand total of $1,350,000 for local programs through Charity Challenge.
The participating nonprofits were:
Aqua Fit Program – Jackson County Commission on Aging; Fairplain Cemetery; Guardians of the Children – Mountain State Chapter; Jackson County Developmental Center (JCDC); Jackson County Hunting Heroes; Jackson County Junior Fair Foundation, Inc.; Jackson General Hospital; KVC of West Virginia; Main Street Ripley; Operation Jackson County Veterans; Parchment Valley Baptist Church Snak Pak Program; Pilot Club of Jackson County; Ravenswood High School Choral Boosters; Ravenswood Lions Club; Ripley High School Alumni Association; Ripley Rotary Club; Ripley High School Athletic Boosters (Project Graduation); Sandyville Community PRIDE; Savannah’s Closet; Southern Jackson County Community Foundation (Green Family Community Center); Special Olympics of Jackson County; and The Community Foundation of Jackson County.
Charity Challenge Winners and Times
Overall Male: Lakin Tucker 21:31:83
Overall Female: Shannon Tennant 23:01:05
14 and Younger Male: Zander Kestner 32:08:30 (1st); Ryker Postlewait 33:00:82 (2nd)
15-19 Male: Lakin Tucker 21:31:83 (1st); Ethan Chase 23:54:79 (2nd)
15-19 Female: Madison Baum 32:22:91 (1st)
20-29 Male: Taylor Woods 22:13:89 (1st)
30-39 Male: Bryan Crow 21:52:27 (1st); Matt Rowlands 26:26:13 (2nd)
30-39 Female: Shannon Tennant 23:01:05 (1st); Gwen Richards 31:19:57 (2nd)
40-49 Male: Brandon Bragg 21:42:50 (1st); Rodney Miller 22:45:38 (2nd)
40-49 Female: Monica Vannest 24:17:34 (1st); Tina Parsons 28:56:34 (2nd)
50 and Older: Male Dale Vanderlaan 21:51:53 (1st); James McHugh 23:38:44 (2nd)
50 and Older: Female Anna Vanderlaan 24:22:52 (1st); Kerynn Sovic 32:28:55 (2nd)