The Go Big Give fundraising event went off in a big way Friday.
Coordinated by the Grand Island Community Foundation and the Heartland United Way, Go Big Give was a one-day push for donations to charitable and nonprofit groups in Central Nebraska.
Online donations, where the giver could designate a group to receive the gift, were accepted for 24 hours Friday.
And while final figures aren’t yet known, it looked to be a big day for local charities.
Last year, the event brought in more than $252,000, with $64,000 in matching and bonus funds. This year, Karen Rathke of the United Way and Tammy Morris of the foundation said they hoped to build on that success. The number of organizations participating went from 62 to 83 and the goal was to raise $300,000.
The groups seeking funds also participated in a big way by holding a variety of events. There was a lemonade stand, a spaghetti feed, tailgate party, barbecue, ice cream, cake, coffee and tours and information given by the agencies.
It was a day not only to donate but to also have fun and learn more about the important work that these organizations do. Many, many people in the community and area are helped by these groups. Without them, the quality of life in Central Nebraska would be diminished.
Go Big Give is a great event because it is simple and direct and makes it easy for people to give to causes that they care about.
The Heartland United Way and the Grand Island Community Foundation deserve thanks for all the work and effort they put into the event.
Grand Island and Central Nebraska will be a better place because of the work they did.