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Match Madness raises over $325,500 for area nonprofits

Friday, March 22nd, 2019

SALINA, Kan.— The Greater Salina Community Foundation hosted Salina’s 8th annual Match Madness giving day on Thursday, March 22, at Salina Fieldhouse. In 24 hours, over $325,500 was raised for 72 area nonprofit organizations through donations and bonus prizes.

A total of 751 unique donors contributed a record-breaking total of $319,444 through 2,011 gifts. This is the highest total dollar amount and number of gifts raised in the event’s history.

“This day always amazes me beyond belief,” said Jessica Martin, president and executive director of the foundation. “It is humbling to witness the growing generosity of our donors and the enthusiasm of our nonprofits. Our community is blessed to have such a great team working together to make an impact.”

The foundation awarded $4,630 in bonus prizes to 67 organizations who participated in the Bill Grevas Memorial Nonprofit Free Throw Contest, which was sponsored by the Salina Regional Health Foundation. Each participant was given one minute to shoot free throws, and every shot made was worth $10 for their representative organization. Throughout the day, 13 participants earned the maximum $100 prize for their efforts.

Following the event, three $500 bonus grants were awarded to participating nonprofits. The Nature Conservancy in Kansas was named “Most Valuable Player,” awarded to the nonprofit who raised the most dollars. K-State Polytechnic received “Most Improved,” awarded to the organization who received a higher number of gifts this year than in 2018. Salina Area Technical College received “Most Spirited,” awarded to the organization who creatively promoted Match Madness prior to the event. The foundation will match gifts proportionally, up to 50%, from a pool of $150,000.

Together, Match Madness donations, bonus prizes and matching funds combine for a total impact of $475,574.12 for the Salina community.

The final giving breakdowns and prize results can be found here.