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The annual ‘30 Hour Famine’ begins Friday evening. Organizer Samantha Thomeczek says the group is fasting, soliciting donations and serving food to the hungry.
Mayor Greg Fischer and the Metro United Way first put out the call for volunteers and projects for those volunteers to work on late last year. Kelly Garvey with the United Way says she expected about 30 nonprofits to submit projects, and about 300 people to volunteer. But 64 projects were submitted and more than 700 volunteers signed up.
The Louisville Zoo’s fundraising campaign for the Glacier Run exhibit is over, thanks to last-minute donations that helped secure a matching grant.
In the fall of 2008, the Kresge Foundation promised to donate $900 thousand if the zoo could raise about $8 million by the end of this year.
The Salvation Army went into their holiday fundraising campaign with an optimistic goal of 500 thousand dollars from the Louisville area. That would be an 18 thousand-dollar increase over last year.
But that optimism hasn’t matched up with reality this holiday season.
The charitable organization gives away coats collected by a young girl in Indiana every year. This year, they had more than four thousand coats to distribute.
By this time last year, the organization had brought in 24.5 million dollars. So far, 24.8 million dollars has been raised for the current campaign. Spokesperson Mark Zanni says at this pace, the United Way could surpass the 27.1 million dollars raised in total last year.
The ceremony does not mark the end of the campaign, which runs through March. Instead, officials will give an update on this year’s fundraising. While previous campaigns have sought to raise nearly 30 million dollars each year, spokesperson Mark Zanni says there was no goal for 2010.
Major Keath Biggers says 171 volunteers have signed up to stand with the kettles. That’s less than half the number that signed up by this time last year.
Kosair Charities Tuesday presented a two million dollar grant to the Family and Children’s Place in Louisville. The donation will go toward a comprehensive center for abused children.