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Winners Announced of 2019 Philanthropy Day Fundraising Contest

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(WXHC photo: Tom Gallagher speaks from a podium at this morning’s breakfast awards ceremony.)

The Cortland Community Foundation today (December 5) announced the list of winning organizations from its annual National Philanthropy Day fundraising event, which this year was held on November 15.

A special awards breakfast was held this morning at the Cortland Country Club, at which $30k in prize grants was distributed to eight different organizations (see full breakdown at bottom of page).

In total, more than $342,000 was raised during the event.

On top of the $30k in prize grants, that comes out to more than $372,000 given to 40 different local nonprofits.

Cortland Community Foundation defines its mission as being the only public foundation responding exclusively to the needs of Cortland-area organizations and the people they serve.

Every dollar they collect gets invested back into the community, helping support capital improvement projects and provide equipment, materials and supplies for local organizations.

Prior to the November 29 event, Community Foundation President Tom Gallagher was featured on an edition of WXHC’s weekly Meet Cortland County program.  

See the list of 2019 winners below:


Highest Total Dollar Amount Raised:

1st place ($10,000 prize) – YWCA of Cortland with $70,162.92 in donations received (tune into tomorrow morning’s Morning Drive with                                                   Vinnie Bellardini for audio from Executive Director Kelly Tobin)

2nd place ($4,500 prize) – Cortland Repertory Theatre with $47,795.98 in donations received

3rd place ($2,000 prize) – Lime Hollow with $29,615.93 in donations received

4th place ($1,000 prize) – YMCA of Cortland with $24,275.94 in donations received


Highest Number of Donations Received:

1st place ($7,000 prize) – CNY Living History Center with 112 donations received

T-2nd place ($2,250 prize) – Cortland County Historical Society with 58 donations received

T-2nd place ($2,250 prize) – Cortland United Presbyterian Church with 58 donations received

4th place ($1,000 prize) – Cortland Free Library with 43 donations received


Tune into tomorrow morning’s Morning Drive (6-10 a.m.) for audio from YWCA Executive Director Kelly Tobin.

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