The ‘goldens’ rule again

By on November 25, 2014

Reinholds dog rescue receives the most gifts in ‘Extraordinary Give’; Ephrata Library triples take

Skittles Cropped SnowGolden Retrievers once again shined in last Friday’s 24-hour online fundraising marathon “Extraordinary Give” — billed as the county’s “largest day of online giving.”

The Reinholds-based the Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue, DVGRR, ranked second in total money raised and first in total gifts generated through Lancaster County Community Foundation.

Ephrata Public Library, which recently announced a funding shortage that has caused it to temporarily reduce hours and cut staff, received a big bounce in gifts this year.

The library more than tripled its funding, garnering $29,151 from 328 gifts. That’s up from $8,101 and 123 gifts a year ago.

The organization’s annual event, which directed donors to choose among 300 local non-profit organizations, ran for 24 hours beginning at midnight on Thursday.

DVGRR shelters and finds homes for unwanted, abused or neglected golden retrievers. It received more than $141,000 and 1,323 gifts, up from almost $112,000 and 990 gifts a year ago.

Other local groups that participated were Ephrata Rec Center, Ephrata Area Education Foundation, Ephrata Performing Arts Center, Ephrata Cloister Associates, EARS, Inc.. (Ephrata Area Rehab Services), and Ephrata Community Hospital.

In all, Lancaster County Community Foundation’s Extraordinary Give campaign raised more than $4.474 million from 31,006 gifts, that’s up from almost $3.24 million from 21,769 gifts a year ago. Water Street Ministries raised the most money, receiving $195,000 from 1,292 gifts up from last year’s total of $113,252.00 from 758 gifts.

Totals collected for some of the area non-profits were: Ephrata Recreation Center, 67 gifts $11,155; Ephrata Performing Arts Center, $21,030 from 168 gifts; Ephrata Area Education Foundation, $7,500 from 40 gifts; Ephrata Cloister Associates, $4,600 from 49 gifts; Ephrata Area Rehab Services, $3,600 from 41 gifts; and Ephrata Community Hospital, $19,245 from 53 gifts, up from $2,175, from 21 gifts.

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