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Silvermine leads local nonprofits on 'Giving Day'

The Silvermine Guild of Artists led New Canaan nonprofits in donations raised during Fairfield County Giving Day on March 7.

The Silvermine Guild of Artists had 142 donations and raised $12,511. Silvermine was one of 55 nonprofits to receive a $1,000 match prize for being the first to raise $1,000.

Second was the Horizons National Student Enrichment Program, 114 donations for $12,475, followed by Strays & Others, 449 donations for $8,275.

The others were Staying Put in New Canaan, 147 donations for $7,505, which also won a special $500 prize; New Canaan Historical Society, 54 donations for $4,065; New Canaan Society for the Arts, 30 donations for $1,745; Waveny Care Center, one donation, $10; Arts for Healing New Canaan, 11 donations for $490; and Magical Music for Life Foundation, one donation, $10.

Fairfield County Giving Day raised more than $745,000 for more than 250 nonprofits in only 24 hours in the first year of the online giving competition. Arts and environment nonprofits were among the most successful organizations. In just one day, 15,423 donations were received by nonprofits totaling $618,229.64.

An additional $127,500 in prizes funded by the Fairfield County Community Foundation and Bank of America, the lead sponsors of the giving day, and other corporate and community entities were awarded to more than 50 nonprofits.

"More than 15,000 donations in only 24 hours is truly remarkable and speaks volumes about the generosity of this community," Bill Tommins, Bank of America Southern Connecticut market president, said. "These funds will have an immeasurable impact on high-performing nonprofits throughout Fairfield County, to the benefit of residents and visitors alike."

Curtain Call of Stamford was the big winner, taking home a $25,000 prize for the most individual donations received with 1,890 totaling $30,675. Curtain Call also won an additional $2,500 in smaller prizes throughout the day. The organization raised a total of $58,175.

The inaugural year of Fairfield County Giving Day was not without its challenges. Throughout the day, the volume of donations coming in to www.FCGives.org exceeded expectations. Delays, slowdowns and a few interruptions in services were challenges faced by donors and organizations as they competed to win.

The other sponsors were Hynes, Himmelreich, Glennon & Company; The TNS Group; Tauck; Cummings & Lockwood Foundation; Day Pitney; Neuberger Berman; Purdue Pharma; Moffly Media; TFI Envision; Hearst Media Services; Hersam Acorn; and First County Bank.

The full list of the participating nonprofits and how much they raised can be viewed at www.FCGives.org.

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