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Money Goes Further on June 7

Money Goes Further on June 7

Friday is Match day in Wamego.  On Friday, June 7, the Wamego Community Foundation will host its first ever “Match Day”, a chance to bring area non-profits together in a fund raising opportunity where all can benefit.

There are 35 area non-profits which have signed up to be part of Match Day, according to Mike McCall, Foundation executive director, “And while of course, fund raising is the primary goal, I think even more important than that, Match Day provides the community an opportunity to come and meet the representatives of these various organizations and learn about their missions in the community along with the services and programs they undertake. I think some of them are well known, but some are not well known.”

McCall said the emphasis is a day set aside, “Not only to raise funds, but for the community to interact with these organizations and for them to reach out to the community for its support.”

Match Day came about because the Wamego Community Foundation is affiliated with Manhattan’s Community Foundation, McCall said. “They provide administrative support, although we’re locally governed. The Manhattan foundation and some of the other affiliates of Manhattan have had a great amount of success in raising funds and educating their communities about the non-profit good that’s done by these organizations with Match Days.”

The event works in two ways. The first is the physical Match Day at the Iron Clad, 427 Lincoln Ave. That will run from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and representatives from the Wamego Community Foundation and the organizations who signed up to participate will be present. That’s the opportunity to get to know what they do for the community.

For those who cannot make the physical event, donations can be made through an online event, which will run from 12:01 to 11:59 on June 7.

Donations from $25 to $2,000 made during that event - both in person and online – will be matched 50 percent through grants made to the Foundation by various supporters including Jacque Karnowski Eichman, Marilyn Belton Reznick, Gary and Bunny McCloud and several anonymous donors.

McCall did note, “To keep the playing field level, we have set a limit that each participating organization is entitled to receive matches up to $2,000 but not to exceed that amount.”

He also gave props to the Foundation Board, who, he noted, “Has worked long and hard. They are great people who have done a lot for the community.”

For a list of the participating organizations, to learn more about Match Day, or to make an online donation June 7, visit

by Beth Day
The Time, Pottawatomie County, KS

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