The annual Give Grandly! fund-raiser broke its own record and raised more than $260,000 on May 8 for nonprofits serving southwestern New Mexico.
With that record-setting haul, the fund-raiser has now raised more than $1 million during the past eight years.
Fifty-nine nonprofit organizations will use those donations to fund a wide range of community services and events throughout southwestern New Mexico.
“Food pantries and shelters are better equipped to help, and the needs are still heavy,” the organizers said in a news release. “Scholarship funds have been replenished to serve students who will soon be going on to study in person. Libraries and museums can plan to open their doors.”
The nonprofits which are benefiting provide services dealing with food security, education, youth engagement, animal welfare, border programs, domestic violence, environmental conservation and arts and culture.
The following companies, organizations and individuals provided matching funds: Freeport-McMoran; United Way of Southwest New Mexico; James Edd Hughs, Kevin Johnson and Niel McDonald of Edward Jones Investments; Janey Katz and Suzi Calhoun; Robert Rydeski of Rydeski & Co.; Pauli Galin of Sherman Community Foundation in Deming; Dan Otero of Hidalgo Medical Services; Dan Cook of Better Homes and Gardens; and Grant County Crime Stoppers.
A grant from the McCune Charitable Foundation helped provide the Give Grandly Coalition with a new web site.
Organizers wanted to thank the Silver City Farmers’ Market and the Makers Market at Main Street Plaza for hosting Give Grandly tables, companies and organizers who donated raffle prizes and the many volunteers who worked the event.