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#GivingTuesdayKaty exceeds goal, brings nonprofits together

December 25, 2018

#GivingTuesdayKaty exceeded its fundraising goal to benefit 16 nonprofits while raising community awareness of where to go to seek help.

Sarah Beaton, who organized the first-year event, said throughout the month of November, $102,479 had been raised to benefit participating nonprofits, which drew applause and oohs and aahs from the group. The original fundraising goal had been $20,000, she said.

A Dec. 18 press conference celebrated the result and also highlighted that charity leaders considered the collaboration among nonprofits important. Beaton said the campaign will return next year and possibly broaden to include more charities.

“We’ll look for more opportunities for next year,” she added.

Fred Shafer, board of directors president, The Arc of Katy, said, “#GivingTuesdayKaty got us connected with other nonprofits.”

The event enabled community leaders to learn more about the mission of other nonprofits, he said. “It was an opportunity to work collaboratively. It brought all the nonprofits in Katy together which we’d never had an opportunity to do that.”

“#GivingTuesdayKaty made a big difference,” he said. Not only in terms of raising funds but also in raising community awareness of the different groups and what they do. Arc of Katy provides opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Tina Hatcher, president/CEO of Hope Impacts, said there were several nonprofits of which she was not aware until she participated in the coordinated fundraising effort. Hope Impacts provides a network for homeless people.

Kathy Alt, executive director of The Ballard House, called it a “unique collaboration.”

“Without a strong community Ballard House cannot provide for our families,” she said. “The strength of the Katy community makes The Ballard House work.”

Helping community members requires a broad approach, according to Alt. The Ballard House provides a home away from home for patients who travel to the Houston area for medical treatment for a life-threatening illness and their families.

For example, a family member who has come to stay may not have brought clothing needed for Katy-area weather, she said, and they can find help at the nonprofit Clothed by Faith. A family member, who may not have insurance, comes down with an illness and needs to get medical attention, she continued. That’s where Christ Clinic, another nonprofit, can make a difference.

Others made a difference, too, including Legacy sponsors Kingsland Baptist Church and Chick-fil-A.

Kingsland Baptist Church’s senior pastor Ryan Rush donated $2,500 to the cause. Six-area Chick-fil-A raised $5,000 for #GivingTuesdayKaty said Wendy Reinwald, marketing director. The donation represented a portion of sales on Nov. 27.

Cynthia Cavin, owner/operator of Chick-fil-A at Katy Mills Mall, said participating in #GivingTuesdayKaty was a “no-brainer” because the restaurant chain is a believer in and advocate for giving back to the community.

Beaton read a list of sponsors who contributed to the success of the first-year program and added that supporting the community is more than just donating money and time in one month but is a year-round commitment.

karen.zurawski@chron.com

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