36-hour fundraising initiative seeks to help more than 165 local non-profits in Centre County

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More than 165 Centre County non-profits are participating in this year’s Centre Gives, which is a huge fundraising event where people can donate to charity.
 
“The non-profits in this community do so much for the community. And they really do a lot to make the community better. They obviously help neighbors in need, they save the environment, they save animals,” Centre Foundation Executive Director Molly Kunkel said.
 
Its the 7th year the Centre Foundation is hosting Centre Gives.
 
“People give gifts online and those gifts stretched by what we call out stretch pool,” Kunkel said. 
 
The stretch pool is an extra $200,000 that will be divided up between all of the non-profits based on how much money they raise. Over the past seven years, Centre Gives has put more than $5.4 million back into the community.
 
“We thought it would be a great way to really engage the community, and we have a generous enough community that they really stepped up…I think its just really turned into a great fundraiser,” Kunkel said.
 
The Millbrook Marsh Nature Center hosted its first barn dance as part of Centre Gives.
 
“Centre Gives is part of the Centre Foundation and it’s a 36-hour time of giving to your favorite organization, non-profit organizations in State College,” Nature Center Supervisor Melissa Kauffman said.

This is the second year the Nature Center is participating in Centre Gives, but it’s the first time they’re having a dance.
 
“There is a swing dance lesson from 6 (p.m.) to 6:30 (p.m.) and then (the band) Rodeo Serenade takes the stage for the remaining part of the evening until 8:30 (p.m.),” Kauffman said. 
 
All of the money given to Centre Region Parks and Recreation will go to the Nature Center.
 
“That is our environmental education programming, community space, both our facilities, as well as, the important management of the marsh eco-system that we have here. And throughout the spring, we have really great field trip programs that this also benefits,” Kauffman said.
 
Tickets at the door are $25 a person and $35 per couple,and anyone is able to come at any time Tuesday evening.
 
If you would like to donate to the Millbrook Marsh Nature Center, use the Centre Region Parks and Recreation tab. All non-profits can be found HERE.

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