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Community Day extended to Sept. 8

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SALYERSVILLE – The deadline for Community Day, which is being held virtually this year, has been extended to next week, with almost $30,000 raised so far and $35,000 already pledged to be match the donation funds.

For the past 16 years, Magoffin County Community Day has been instrumental in helping local nonprofits and civic groups raise funds for the countless good things they do in the community, raising $1.23 million in total since it began. At press time, $29,967.18 have been donated this year, with the deadline for donations extended to September 8.

While the annual event is always a great day of fellowship, lively music and good food for people in the community, due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s Community Day in the park was not feasible.

Though the virus has led to the cancellation of nearly every festival statewide this year, the need for the work these civic groups provide the community remains just as strong as any other year. 

The Magoffin County Community Foundation, in conjunction with the Bluegrass Community Foundation, released last month that instead of a one-day event, the 2020 Magoffin County Community Day fundraising activities are continuing with an online fundraiser, which started on August 10 and now will run through September 8. Gifts can be made online at https://bgcf.givingfuel.com/communityday  to support our local nonprofits who need your help, now more than ever! All money raised will be split equally between the 17 participating nonprofit organizations.

Though Community Day usually brings in approximately $80,000 to $85,000 each year for local non-profits, the Magoffin County Community Foundation issued a challenge to the community this year, providing the civic groups with a unique opportunity: for every $1 raised, the Foundation will match it with $2, up to $35,000! That means a gift of $20 becomes $60, or $100 becomes $300, all to support important programs and crucial services provided by local nonprofits. The Community Foundation reports that total has been met and the full $35,000 will be provided as matching funds for the organizations. At press time, that means nearly $65,000 will be evenly split between the participating nonprofits.

Community Day sponsors, Appalachian Wireless, Foothills Communications and Walmart, have also donated as they do every year, continuing to sponsor the cause even though the format is so different this year. 

Local businesses are asked to give what they can, with the Foundation stating, “We know several of them were shut down or reduced in their operations and may not be able to afford their usual sponsorship, but nothing is too small.” 

Community Day is sponsored by the Magoffin County Community Foundation and the Salyersville National Bank. The Foundation announced in a press release last month that it appreciates the support it has received over the years and will continue to be responsible stewards of the funds the community has entrusted to it.

“We’re doing our part by staying apart, but we are working together to create a better future for Magoffin County!” the Foundation stated.

Gifts can be made online at https://bgcf.givingfuel.com/communityday, or checks, made out to “Magoffin Community Day,” can be dropped off at the Salyersville National Bank, or people can mail their donations to BGCF; 499 East High Street, Suite 112, Lexington KY 40507.

For any questions or issues with donating, call the Salyersville National Bank at 606-349-3131 and ask for Donna Salyer or Lana Blanton.
 

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