Record year (again) for Warren Gives

Times Observer photo by Andrew Morrison John Lasher, Executive Director of the Community Foundation of Warren, speaks during Tuesday’s Warren Gives check presentation at the Conewango Club.

2018 was another record year for Warren Gives.

628 total donors raised $448,330 for 103 organizations during the 2018 event that took place on May 23. The $448,330 raised is significantly up from the previous record of $374,001 raised in 2017.

The total included $40,000 in matching dollars donated by the Community Foundation, Betts Foundation, Blair, DeFrees Family Memorial Fund, Northwest Charitable Foundation, Sara Sokolski Memorial Fund, United Refining Company, and the KCS Foundation.

The 2018 event was celebrated during a check presentation held at the Conewango Club Tuesday evening. All organizations that received donations were awarded their checks by the Community Foundation of Warren, which coordinates Warren Gives.

Community Foundation Executive Director John Lasher said he was thrilled with the 2018 event.

“Year by year, we have grown,” Lasher said. “We are excited by that. It’s really a testament to all of the organizations that reach out into the community and raise awareness.”

Since the Community Foundation kicked off the inaugural Warren Gives in 2013, the annual event has brought in almost $2 million in donations for charitable organizations serving Warren County.

“This was a wonderfully successful year,” Lasher said. “It’s always a fun night when we get to distribute the checks.”

During Tuesday’s celebration, the Community Foundation also presented special awards of $200 to Miracle Mountain Ranch (most donations from different states, 25), the Grand Valley Fire Department (most improved donations received by dollar %, 635%), and the Woman’s Club of Warren – Education, Scholarship, and Historic Preservation (most improved number of donations received by %, 57.5%).

The Community Foundation also revealed the 10 organizations that brought in the most money:

1. Struthers Library Theatre ($35,154)

2. Paws Along the River Humane Society

3. Wildwoods Animal Park

4. Warren YMCA

5. Warren Public Library

6. Boy Scouts Chief Cornplanter/Olmsted

7. Hospice of Warren County

8. Warren Philharmonic

9. Ruth M. Smith Center

10. Miracle Mountain Ranch

Struthers brought in the most money for the second year in a row.