Freeport-McMoRan supports 4th Annual Give Grandly event in downtown Silver City.

May 8, 2017
Silver City Daily Press


Jack Brennan, organizer of the Tour of the Gila, at the booth for Gila Community & Tourism Development, the new nonprofit arm of the Tour of the Gila. The one-year-old organization was formed to accept tax-deductible donations to help fund programming for the amateur races during the annual five-day stage race, along with children’s events, school programs, bicycle safety and more.

Sidewalks were overflowing with people Saturday morning in downtown Silver City, and their pocketbooks and wallets were overflowing with generosity as Silver Citians raised nearly $100,000 for Grant County nonprofits during the fourth annual Give Grandly event.

Donations large and small came into nonprofits of all sizes — 55 in all — that were set up at the entrance to the Silver City Farmers’ Market. From well-known organizations like the Mimbres Region Arts Council, which has provided arts programming in Grant County for more than 30 years, and puts on the Silver City Blues Fest, to lesser known ones like The Community Partnership for Children, which works to provide more child care opportunity for children in Grant County, and Supporting People in Need, which seeks to provide sustainable housing to those in need.

“There are a lot of good organizations here,” said Adrienne Booth, who was passing out samples of tasty treats made with native plants at The Volunteer Center’s booth and talking to folks about a new local foods group called “The Mesquitos” that meets monthly at The Volunteer Center. Booth had samples of mesquite sacaton cookies, sacaton lemon shortbread, sacaton mesquite blue cornbread, and savory sacaton pancakes, all made with local grains like sacaton and mesquite, for folks to try.

“I think people are spreading the wealth around,” she said. “No matter what your interest is, there is an organization here." From animal welfare to literacy, the environment, the arts, historic preservation, domestic violence, seniors, LGBT issues, food equity, and veterans issues, a wide variety of causes were represented.

Jack Brennan, organizer of the Tour of the Gila, was talking to folks about Gila Community & Tourism Development, a new nonprofit launched last year to help support the Tour. “We developed this for people who want to give money to the race but want that tax deduction,” Brennan said.

Donations help fund programming for the amateur races during the Tour of the Gila, along with children’s events, school programs, bicycle safety and more.

Brennan said they raised $550 downtown on Saturday but that doesn’t count how much was raised online. It was the organization’s second time participating in Give Grandly, he said, and while fundraising is the goal, he said just getting the word out is helpful too.

“Talking to people, explaining what we are doing, creating an awareness for your organization, that’s really beneficial,” he said.

The event was started in 2014, as part of a statewide initiative by the coalition of New Mexico Community Foundation members, on the 100th anniversary of the inception of community foundations in the U.S. The first year, the event was held mainly online, with a few satellite sites around town, explained Barrett Brewer, chairwoman of the Grant County Community Foundation. Even so, Grant County raised more than $56,000 that inaugural year, Brewer said.

The second year, organizers held the event in Gough Park on the National Day of Giving, which is the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, said Peggy Hutchinson, interim vice chair with the Grant County Community Foundation. While it was a Tuesday, the event still raised more than $93,000.

Since it began, the fundraising has more than doubled, helped in part by holding it in conjunction with the opening of the Silver City Farmers’ Market for the past two years. A preliminary tally of this year’s total is about $90,000, Hutchinson said, but is expected to go higher. “We won’t have the final figure until Friday,” she said, as donations continue to be tallied from individual websites, and at least one $10,000 donation had yet to be included.

Hutchinson said she thinks this year will top out at around $110,000.

Each organization that raised $250 also got a matching contribution from the partners that contributed, including the United Way, which made credit card donations possible, helped Give Grandly create a permanent website at www.GiveGrand and picked up the fees for all the credit card transactions. Other partners included Freeport-McMoRan and two different offices of Edward Jones — James Edd Hughes and Kevin Thompson, and the Grant County Community Foundation.

Local restaurants and businesses stepped up and donated food and drinks for a refreshment table for the event, where the public and volunteers could have a refreshing drink of herb infused water donated by The Volunteer Center or coffee donated by Javalina and Sunrise Espresso, slices of turkey and cheese sub sandwiches donated by Diane’s, brownies donated by Shevek’s, cookies and baked goods from the Girl Scouts, La Bonita Bakery, and Bear Mountain Lodge, and paper products donated by W&N Enterprises.

Volunteer Kathleen Froese and others staffed the table.

“It’s been a great turnout from dedicated members and such a lovely way for the organizations to get together and understand all the other services here,” said Andrea Warner, director of The Volunteer Center. “That networking piece is huge. More than just fundraising happens today because the community gets to come out and make contact with the organizations, which is as rich as the dollars they are supporting us with.”


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