WHEELING - At midnight tonight through 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, the Amazing Raise Ohio Valley begins when donors to any of the 81 nonprofit organizations can double their donations through matching funds from a national pool of money.
The Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley has organized "an exciting, online giving event that will empower the people of the Ohio Valley to come together and raise as much money as possible for local nonprofits in just 24 hours," Executive Director Susie Nelson explained.
During the 24-hour period, donors are asked to visit www.GiveOV.org and give to their favorite participating organization. Donors also have the option of donating via check that must be dated May 6 and can be brought to the Community Foundation office at the Wheeling Chamber of Commerce Building, 1310 Market St. in downtown Wheeling, between the hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. The minimum donation is $10. There is no limit on the maximum donation.
On the giving website at GiveOV.org, donors can search for a participant by name or by topic (such as arts, animals, etc.), she said.
"Our goal for The Amazing Raise Ohio Valley is to reach new donors and show them how important it is to give to local causes. We want to use this opportunity to build a new generation of philanthropists for our community," Nelson said.
Anyone interested in watching the action online can do so at www.GiveOV.org. The website also will have announcements about the winning organizations for the following prizes:
$5,000 to the organization that raises the most money that day
$2,500 to the organization that raises the second most money that day
$1,000 ro the organization that raises the third most money that day
$1,000 Mountaineer Award to the organization headquartered in West Virginia that raises the most money from 8-11 a.m. Tuesday
$1,000 Buckeye Award to the organization headquartered in Ohio that raises the most money between 2-5 p.m. Tuesday
$1,000 1972 Award marking the year the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley was founded, the organization receiving the 1,972nd donation
$1,000 Starting Line Award to the organization that receives the first donation of the day
$1,000 Pit Stop Award to the organization that raises the most money from 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
$1,000 Final Leg Award awarded to the organization that receives the final donation of the day
$1,500 Rush hour award to the organization that receives the most individual online donations of any size between 5-6 p.m.
Sponsors for the Amazing Raise Ohio Valley are: XTO Energy, WesBanco, Riesbeck's Food Markets, WTRF, Lamar Advertising, Huntington Bank, American Electric Power, Security National Trust, West Virginia Northern Community College, Premier Bank & Trust, Belmont Savings Bank, IBEW Local, United Dairy, Citizen's Bank, Paull Associates, Quaker Steak & Lube, Kalkreuth Roofing, Paree Insurance, and WKKX Radio.