Donations soar past $1.6 million just before 10 p.m.

Abilene Gives Surpasses $1.6 Million

Donations for Abilene Gives have surged in the past few hours, crossing $1.6 million just before 10 p.m. Tuesday.

More than 3,600 donors contributed to the benefit of all the associations participating in the campaign.

At the top of the ranking at 10 p.m.:

  1. Buffalo Gap’s Camp Abilene: $85,715 from 144 donors
  2. West Texas Rehab: $69,335 from 40 donors
  3. Abilene Pregnancy Resources: $58,540 from 65 Donors
  4. Abilene Woman’s Club Foundation: $46,650 from 130 donors
  5. Gold Monarch Healing Center: $45,310 from 41 donors

Abilene Gives tops $1.5 million before 9 p.m.

Donations for Abilene Gives topped $1.5 million as of 8:37 p.m. Tuesday, with just over three hours remaining in fundraising all day.

More than 3,271 donors contributed to the benefit of all the associations participating in the campaign.

At the top of the ranking at 8:40 p.m.:

  1. Buffalo Gap’s Camp Abilene: $73,080 from 122 donors
  2. West Texas Rehab: $67,185 from 37 donors
  3. Abilene Pregnancy Resources: $54,285 from 53 Donors
  4. Abilene Woman’s Club Foundation: $44,140 from 126 donors
  5. Gold Monarch Healing Center: $43,335 from 37 donors

The Abilene Daycare continued to have the most donors, 213 who contributed $32,785 to the nonprofit. The nonprofit was ninth in the list of funds as of 8:40 p.m.

Abilene Gives offers financial sunshine on a cool, cloudy day

Abilene Gives, the now annual one-day fundraiser for nonprofits, hit the half-million mark at lunchtime on Tuesday and maintained momentum towards what it hoped would be its first million bucks.

After raising nearly $2 million in 2021, a record high, hopes were high to reach that total this year. With eight hours to go, the total topped $1 million.

A cloudy day, with temperatures slowly dropping from the 50s to the 60s after a 93-degree Monday, didn’t seem to cast a shadow over the don. Abilene Gives was under $500,000 halfway through its 24-hour blitz, but came out of lunch above $600,000.

The First Financial Bank Grill team prepares burgers and sausages at Minter Park on Tuesday for the Abilene Gives block party later in the day on May 3, 2022.

“We feel great,” said Katie Alford, president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Abilene, which is organizing the event. “We go up regularly.”

She believed that after-work giving, the afternoon block party, and more incentive prizes would accelerate last-hour giving.

“Nonprofits are doing a great job of spreading the word,” she said.

Brant Bunker, dressed as Batman, plays the corn hole with Andrew Gilbreath's Chewbacca on Tuesday at Arrow Ford on May 3, 2022. Big Country CASA returned to the car dealership for this year's Abilene Gives, bringing back the superhero theme from last year.

Batman was out, seen at Arrow Ford, where Big Country CASA was once again stationed. The visual promotion worked – the organization was an early leader in fundraising. Big Country CASA “advocates for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the justice system through trained community volunteers,” according to its mission statement.

Downtown, coffee and daytime tea drinkers at Grain Theory had to make way for craft beer aficionados. A beer based on Salty Roan Bakehouse’s Cowboy Cookie was the inspiration for a specialty dark ale.

Grain Theory wanted to do something collaborative and uniquely Abilene for Abilene Gives, and thought of pecans. Which led to the cookie, which includes pecans.

Emma Barnhouse, who ran the show at Grain Theory on Tuesday, said the first sip brought out the pecans, but as the beer warmed, other “buttery” ingredients such as vanilla emerged.

Members of the Abilene Woman's Club Foundation verify donations and enter information during Abilene Gives on Tuesday, May 3, 2022.

The result is a smooth tasting, she said.

She credited Grain Theory co-founders Jeramie Sivley and Jesse Sorley for the homemade concoction.

All purchases at $6.50 a pint were to go to Abilene Gives, with a $1 portion of subsequent purchases going to fundraising until the barrel ran out.

A total of 160 nonprofits were vying for funds. Camp Able, which led all organizations in 2021 with nearly $113,000 raised, topped the leaderboard during the day. Camp Able offers equine therapy for people with special needs.

In five years, over $5 million has been raised during Abilene Gives.

At the top of the ranking at 5 p.m.:

  1. West Texas Rehab: $64,325 from 30 donors
  2. Buffalo Gap’s Camp Abilene: $62,870 from 105 donors
  3. Habit for Humanity: $34,480 from 39 donors
  4. Abilene Woman’s Club Foundation: $32,200 from 83 donors
  5. Big Country CASA: $27,500 from 83 donors

Additionally, Day Nursery of Abilene had the most donors, 164, who contributed a total of $24,340 as of 5 p.m. This placed the nonprofit organization in 11th place in the rankings.

Abilene Gives Accelerates Afternoon Donations to $1,000,000

Donations for the Abilene Gives campaign gained momentum early Tuesday afternoon, reaching $802,710 as of 2:20 p.m.

Contributions so far have come from 2,097 donors to support 159 of the 160 nonprofits participating in this year’s 24-hour campaign.

At the top of the ranking at 2:20 p.m.:

  1. Buffalo Gap’s Camp Abilene: $43,992 from 81 donors
  2. Habit for Humanity: $32,545 from 31 donors
  3. Gold Monarch Healing Center: $23,515 from 23 donors
  4. Big Country CASA: $23,010 from 65 donors
  5. FaithWorks of Abilene: $22,240 from 48 donors

Donations approaching $500,000 during lunch hour

Donations for the Abilene Gives campaign on Tuesday reached $453,132 as of 12:30 p.m.

Contributions so far have come from 1,567 donors to support 156 of the 160 nonprofits participating in this year’s 24-hour campaign.

At the top of the ranking at 12:30 p.m.:

  1. FaithWorks of Abilene: $17,910 from 35 donors
  2. Gold Monarch Healing Center: $15,805 from 20 donors
  3. BCFS-Health & Human Services: $15,265 from 7 donors
  4. Buffalo Gap’s Camp Abilene: $14,367 from 57 donors
  5. Big Country CASA: $13,850 from 45 donors

Abilene Gives: One-day fundraiser donations ramp up in the morning

ORIGINAL STORY

The sixth annual Abilene Gives day that began Tuesday morning just after midnight benefiting 160 nonprofit organizations reached $67,885 at 7:30 a.m.

The Abilene Community Foundation hopes 24-hour online fundraising will top last year’s record of $1,948,512 from 4,256 donors during the 24-hour drive.

So far, 344 donors have helped support 124 nonprofits.

Leading the standings at 7:15 a.m.:

  1. Mission Zambia: $6,325 from 25 donors
  2. Gold Monarch Healing Center: $4,125 from 10 donors
  3. Big Country CASA: $2,700 from 8 donors
  4. The Strength for Life Foundation: $2,525 from 19 donors
  5. From boys to gentlemen: $2,330 from 19 donors

Visit the abilenegives.org website during the day to learn more about nonprofits and make a tax-deductible donation of as little as $10.

This story will be updated.

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Laura Gutschke is a generalist journalist and food columnist and manages the online content of the Reporter-News. If you enjoy local news, you can support local reporters with a digital subscription to ReporterNews.com.

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