With The Shine Your Light Campaign coming to an end on Wednesday, donors already have raised $148,185 and matched the donor funds.
Two additional gifts were received on Sunday, helping to exceed the donor match for this year’s award recipients.
“With three days to go, we know the community is going to deliver as they have every year for the past six years,” said Nelson Clyde, publisher of the Tyler Morning Telegraph. “This is exactly what these fine organizations need.”
This year’s matching donors contributed a total of $72,500 to launch the campaign and challenge community members to give. Matching donors include Barbara and Billy Bass, Harold and Rosemary Beaird Fund, Niblack Charitable Fund, Herb and Melvina Buie, Clements Family Foundation, Tyler Morning Telegraph, Michelle and Martin Heines, Citizen’s 1st Bank, Southside Bank, Your Philanthropy in honor of YP Collaborative and an anonymous donor.
The eight nonprofit organizations selected as this year’s Shine Your Light recipients include East Texas Food Bank, The Salvation Army, People Attempting to Help (PATH), Meals On Wheels Ministry, the Samaritan Counseling Center, Gateway to Hope, Boys and Girls Club of East Texas’ Gospel Village and The Hospice of East Texas’ WINGS Program for Bereaved Children.
“We look forward to celebrating at the finish line,” Clyde said.
The campaign continues through Wednesday. Donations can be made online by going to TylerPaper.com and clicking on the “Shine Your Light” button or by mail by sending a check payable to ETCF — Shine Your Light, 315 N. Broadway Ave. Suite 210, Tyler, Texas 75702.