Monday, May 23, 2022

Centre Gives raises $2,180,591 for local nonprofits

Green banner with white lettering that states Centre Gives May 10&11, CentreGives.org, a project of Centre Foundation

STATE COLLEGE — For the eleventh consecutive year, the Centre County community came together to raise funds benefiting local nonprofits through Centre Gives. This year, $2,180,591 was raised via 15,577 total gifts in 36 hours as part of this annual online fundraiser. 
Community members gathered at MLK Plaza in downtown State College for Centre Gives Fest on May 11 from 5 to 9 p.m. to countdown the final four hours of Centre Gives. The celebration included music, giving stations, and activities provided by local participating nonprofits.  
“We’re incredibly proud of our community and the generosity that helped nonprofits raise over $2 million this year. The organizations that benefit from Centre Gives are able to do so much good, and we are blown away by our community’s continued support of these nonprofits,” said Molly Kunkel, executive director of Centre Foundation. 
“We are also excited that we could celebrate the final four hours of Centre Gives with some of our participating organizations and community members live and in-person. It meant a lot to us to see how many people came out for Centre Gives Fest and celebrated Centre County’s most philanthropic 36 hours,” said Kunkel. 
Local nonprofits, The Flutopia InitiativeThe MakeryState College Food BankGood Day CaféPark Forest PreschoolClearWater ConservancyCentre County PAWSMid-State LiteracyRidgelines Language ArtsYouth Service BureauJana Marie FoundationDiscovery Space and Centre Safe joined in on the Centre Gives Fest fun. Each organization brought its own special flair to Centre Gives Fest that tied back to its mission. 
The State College Food Bank donated refreshments, including healthy snacks and water, for Centre Gives Fest attendees to enjoy. 
“We are always very fortunate this time of year for Centre Gives. It helps us immensely, especially heading into the summer. We’ve been seeing an increase in people coming, as well as the cost of food. This will be even more helpful this year than in years past,” said Allayn Beck, executive director of the State College Food Bank. 
Representatives from ClearWater Conservancy led Centre Gives Fest attendees on an “AWEsome Walk” to observe nature and admire public art downtown. 
“We’re delighted to be a part of Centre Gives and Centre Gives Fest. This is our big launch for our sixth season of Centered Outdoors. We’re really excited to share the program and are grateful for the way this event brings the community together,” said Andrea Murrell, strategic communications coordinator at ClearWater Conservancy. 
Since Centre Gives began in 2012, over $14.6 million has been invested into the local nonprofit network, supporting organizations in the areas of arts, animals, education, environment, and health and social services. 
Centre Gives 2022 was sponsored by many forward-thinking members of the community including the Hamer FoundationStuckey MitsubishiFNB Wealth Management, Nestlerode & Loy Inc., Leonard S. Fiore, Inc., Frost & Conn InsuranceBlaise Alexander Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, RAM, of State CollegeBlaise Alexander Hyundai Mazda of State CollegeM&T BankHyatt PlaceState College Police DepartmentMorgan StanleyThe Hartman AgencyWeis Markets and the William H. & Amy Sue Martin Fund.
During Centre Gives, gifts grow due to the stretch pools totaling $300,000 provided by Centre Foundation and the Hamer Foundation, along with more than $40,000 in prizes.  
Read below to see which prizes were awarded during Centre Gives 2022.  
Prizes of $1,000 were awarded to the top five large and small organizations with the most unique donors for the entirety of Centre Gives. 
Top 5 Large Organization Prize winners include: Centre County PAWSSchlow Library FoundationCentre Volunteers in MedicineState College Food Bank and Pets Come First
Top 5 Small Organization Prize winners include: Centre Wildlife CareNittany GreyhoundsPark Forest PreschoolNittany Beagle Rescue and The Hundred Cat Foundation
Power Hour Prizes of $500 were awarded to the large and small organizations with the most unique donors during designated hours.  
Power Hour Prize winners for large organizations include: Schlow Centre Region LibraryState College Food BankStrawberry FieldsPets Come FirstEasterseals Child Development CenterCentre County PAWSPerforming Arts School of Central PennsylvaniaCentral Pennsylvania Festival of the ArtsOut of the Cold: Centre County and Centre Volunteers in Medicine
Power Hour Prize winners for small organizations include: Nittany Beagle RescueBridge of Hope Centre CountyDyslexia Reading CenterPark Forest PreschoolState College Area Roller DerbyCentre Wildlife CareNittany GreyhoundsBellefonte Art Museum, The Hundred Cat Foundation, TriYoga of Central Pennsylvania and Pixie Dust Wishes
Countdown to #CentreGives prizes of $250 each were randomly awarded to organizations that participated in Facebook challenges before the start of Centre Gives. Countdown Prize winners included Centre SafeDyslexia Reading CenterHope’s Dream Rescue and Sanctuary and Bridge of Hope Centre County 
The organization that received the very first donation during Centre Gives 2022 was selected to win a $250 prize. First Gift Prize winner was St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy.  
Organizations that benefit from endowment funds at Centre Foundation had an opportunity to win an additional $500. Nonprofit Endowment Partners Prize winners included Park Forest PreschoolCentre County PAWSSchlow Library Foundation and Bellefonte Art Museum for Centre County.
One small and one large organization that created a promotional video for Centre Gives 2022 were selected to win a $500 prize. Creative Video Prize winners were State College Community Theatre and Foxdale Village. 
One organization participating in its first Centre Gives was randomly selected to win $250. The New Participant Prize winner was Centre County Orphan Care Alliance
Centre Foundation is celebrating more than 40 years of creating a vibrant Centre County. In honor of the foundation’s anniversary, the organization receiving the 1,981st gift during Centre Gives 2022 was selected to win $250. The 41st Anniversary Prize Winner was Jana Marie Foundation. 
The organization which received the donation pushing Centre Gives past the $1 million mark was selected to win a $250 prize. The Million Maker Prize winner was Out of the Cold: Centre County.  
The organization which received the donation pushing Centre Gives past the $2 million mark was selected to win a $250 prize. The Two Million Maker Prize winner was Howard Volunteer Fire Company
In honor of Centre Gives’ 11-year anniversary, the organization that received the donation closest to 20:12 (8:12 p.m.) on May 11 was selected to win a $250 prize. The 11 Years of Centre Gives winner was State College Area Roller Derby
Magic Minute prizes of $100 each were awarded to the first 20 organizations that received a gift during the exact minute of 3:33 PM.  The Magic Minute Prize winners included Discovery Space and The Rivet, Juniata Valley Council Boy Scouts, Nittany Performing Arts Centre, Footprints in the FieldTen Thousand Villages State CollegeNittany Christian SchoolNext Stage Theatre Company, Friends of Golden PondPixie Dust WishesPerforming Arts School of Central PennsylvaniaPets Come FirstMid-State Literacy Council, Inc.Friends of Holt Memorial LibraryACRES ProjectState College Area Rowing, State College Community TheatreCentre County PAWS, Dyslexia Reading CenterStrawberry Fields, Inc., and State College Area Roller Derby 
At 11:30 a.m. on May 11, two large and two small organizations that benefit from endowment funds at Centre Foundation were randomly selected to win $250 each. The Endowment Lucky Ticket Prize winners were Bethany Christian Services of Central PA – State CollegeMount Nittany Health FoundationPennsylvania Chamber Orchestra and United Nations Association of Centre County 
At 4:30 p.m. on May 11, one organization from each of the following regions was randomly selected for a $250 prize: Bald Eagle, Bellefonte, Penns Valley, Philipsburg, and State College.  
Regional Lucky Ticket Prize winners are: 
* Bald Eagle: Hope’s Dream Rescue and Sanctuary.
* Bellefonte: Habitat for Humanity of Greater Centre County.
* Penns Valley: Penns Valley Conservation Association.
* Philipsburg: Friends of Holt Memorial Library.
* State College: Meals on Wheels, State College Area. 
Every gift of $100 or more given between 10 p.m. and midnight on May 10 was entered into a random drawing for their organization to win an additional $500 prize. The Night Owl Prize winners were Out of the Cold — Centre County and Nittany Beagle Rescue. 
Every gift of $100 or more given between 5 and 7 a.m. on May 11 was entered into a random drawing for their organization to win an additional $500 prize. Rise and Shine Prize winners were Penns Valley Youth Center and Pixie Dust Wishes.  
For the first time, Centre Foundation celebrated the final four hours of Centre Gives live at Centre Gives Fest. Four prizes of $250 each were awarded based on a random drawing of those who submitted their favorite nonprofit to win at Centre Gives Fest. The Centre Gives Fest Prize winners were Park Forest PreschoolCentre SafeStrawberry Fields, Inc., and Ten Thousand Villages State College
The donor who gives to the most organizations during Centre Gives 2022 was invited to select one organization to receive an additional $500 prize. The Good Neighbor Prize winner was One Dog at a Time. 
At the conclusion of Centre Gives, fifteen Last Chance Prizes of $250 each were awarded to organizations that had not previously won a prize. Last Chance Prize winners included Aaronsburg Civic ClubBellefonte Historical & Cultural AssociationCenter for Alternatives in Community JusticeCentre County Farmland TrustCentre HelpsGlobal ConnectionsPenns Valley Emergency Medical ServiceSoroptimist International of Centre CountyState College Choral SocietyState College Music BoostersState College SDA Diaper BankSt. Vincent de Paul SocietyThe Jared Box ProjectThe Roland Curtin Foundation for the Preservation of Eagle Furnace and The Tides Program
For more information visit www.CentreGives.org.