Virtual Community Day a success
SALYERSVILLE – Despite the nontraditional format of this year’s Community Day, Magoffin County came through in a big way, supporting local nonprofits via an online fundraiser.
Scotty B. Patrick, chairman of the Magoffin County Community Foundation Board, told Mortimer Media Group he is really thrilled with the numbers, so far. While the totals are still being calculated, roughly $38,000 was raised in the virtual Magoffin County Community Day, which ended on Tuesday this week. That, combined with the $35,000 the Magoffin County Community Foundation pledged in matching funds, means an estimated $73,000 will be going back to the nonprofit organizations this year.
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 (not counting this year’s totals).
Community Day usually brings in approximately $80,000 to $85,000 each year for local nonprofits.
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.
“When we started this thing, everyone was concerned,” Patrick said. “How could we do this? We’ve got all these issues to worry about: the pandemic, businesses not doing well, all these people having to stay in, but we said, ‘You know, the need is still there and I think the people of Magoffin County will respond.’ They always have when we’ve asked them to help with anything.”
Patrick said as time went on, everything with the fundraiser started coming into place.
“The people of Magoffin County came through,” Patrick said.
In addition to the roughly $4,000 that will be dispersed to each of the 17 participating nonprofit organizations, the Community Foundation also issued a challenge, promising an additional $1,000 to the group that raised the most money. Patrick verified that the two that raised the most were the Magoffin County Rescue Squad and the South Magoffin Community Activists, noting that they were so close they decided to award both organizations with $1,000 each.
Patrick said when they started talking about holding a virtual Community Day, he figured they would be lucky to raise half of what was donated this year.
“This means the groups participating will be able to continue with their programs and the true winners are those they help,” Patrick said.
He said he still wants Community Day to continue as it has in the past, with great music and fellowship, noting plans will start soon for the 2021 Community Day, but thanked the local businesses for their support this year.
Patrick also extended a shout-out to Lana Blanton, who was instrumental in organizing the fundraising activities, working with the nonprofits and the community to secure the success of the event.
More information will be released about the disbursement of the funds raised as it becomes available.
SPONSORS OF MAGOFFIN COUNTY COMMUNITY DAY CAMPAIGN
SALYERSVILLE NATIONAL BANK
FOOTHILLS RURAL TELEPHONE COMPANY
LAUREL RUN MANAGEMENT (Richard Myers)
WALMART OF PAINTSVILLE
LICKING VALLEY R.E.C.C.
PRATER DRUG/RADIO SHACK/SEASONAL SHOP
RICK SALYER'S BODY SHOP
RIVERSIDE- MARVIN & PATRICIA MCCARTY
HELTON'S OVERHEAD DOORS
DAVIS MOBILE HOME TRANSPORT
FRENCH CLINE INSURANCE AGENCY
JAMES CRAIG MCNEW, CPA PSC
GREG ALLEN, COUNTY ATTORNEY
TEDDY FLYNT, ATTORNEY AT LAW
B & B DISCOUNT TOBACCO PATCH, INC.