Erie Gives Day Raises More than $5.5 Million, Sets New Record
Tuesday was a record-breaking day for the Erie Community Foundation's 12-hour fundraising effort, Erie Gives.
It raised more than $5.5 million from the 9,000 donations people made to the charities of their choice. The charities will receive money from the Foundation's prorated match pool.
The Hamot Health Foundation decided to give all its donations from Erie Gives Day to the families and first responders affected by Sunday's deadly daycare fire.
It raised just more than $54,000.
"There is a story for everyone of those non-profits that can do more work because of the generosity of local donors and donors around the country that want to help our community," said Mike Batchelor, president of the Erie Community Foundation. "When a tragedy occurs, it's horrible to see but its also great to see our community rally around and rally together to try and help someone."
Erie Gives raised about $4.4 million last year.