Awe and grat­i­tude for the in­au­gu­ral Give Lo­cal Pied­mont

Rappahannock News - - EDITORIAL & OPINION - COLE JOHN­SON Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, NPCF

Ihave a new sense of what “com­mu­nity” means, thanks to the overwhelmi­ng gen­eros­ity — which sur­passed my wildest dreams — wit­nessed on May 6 dur­ing Give Lo­cal Pied­mont. The sec­ond half of that word is “unity” — and res­i­dents of Culpeper, Fauquier, Madi­son and Rap­pa­han­nock were most def­i­nitely uni­fied in how they came to­gether to sup­port this in­au­gu­ral on­line day of giv­ing. My heart­felt thanks go out to each and ev­ery one of the in­di­vid­u­als who gave 3,369 unique gifts.

This event never would have got­ten off the ground with­out the help of so many in­di­vid­u­als and or­ga­ni­za­tions. So I ex­tend my grat­i­tude as well to the Nancy and Michael Baudhuin Foun­da­tion, the Cole Foun­da­tion, the Wil­liam and Mary Greve Foun­da­tion, the Hamp­ton Foun­da­tion and Union First Mar­ket Bank for the fi­nan­cial sup­port that made launch­ing the event pos­si­ble.

Pro­mot­ing a first-time event is an enor­mous chal­lenge, but thanks to K Art & De­sign, Dis­cov­ery Pub­li­ca­tions, Mark My Words, McKin­sey De­vel­op­ment, Pied­mont Vir­ginian, Pied­mont United Way, State Theatre of Culpeper and Xpress Copy & Graph­ics, we spread the word in a short amount of time.

I can’t thank the Fauquier Health Foun­da­tion enough. They stepped up with a $100,000 match­ing grant, which sparked a jolt of ex­cite­ment in par­tic­i­pat­ing non­prof­its and donors alike. This ex­tra­or­di­nary con­tri­bu­tion raised the to­tal amount to over $675,000.

And of course, there were so many in­di­vid­u­als who vol­un­teered their time and talent to the cause. Many thanks go out to project man­ager Tanya Paull, An­drea Flynn, Brandi Day, Donna De­jamette, Hal Hunter, mem­bers of the North­ern Pied­mont Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion (NPCF) board of di­rec­tors and so many oth­ers who made Give Lo­cal Pied­mont an amaz­ing suc­cess!

I will shout my thanks from a moun­tain­top! The Pied­mont com­mu­nity is sim­ply amaz­ing. I sincerely thank you all again, and look for­ward to con­tin­ued col­lab­o­ra­tion.

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