Susie Nelson had a number in mind, but she refused to share it with a single soul.
She admits today that she didn’t wish to share it because she did not want to jinx the inaugural “Amazing Raise” fundraiser in the Upper Ohio Valley.
“I didn’t know what to expect, and I don’t think anyone involved really knew what to expect,” said Nelson, the executive director of the Community Foundation of the Ohio Valley. “It was the first year, and we did our very best to get the word out about it, and then this valley surprised us all.”
Online giving began at midnight, so Nelson was sitting in front of her home computer awaiting the first contribution. And then she saw the second, and then the third, and after about hour she decided it was time to head to bed. She arrived at her downtown Wheeling office at 7 a.m. and proceeded to watch the contributions come in for the rest of the day.
On Tuesday, the second annual Amazing Raise Ohio Valley will be presented by the Community Foundation as a part of the national “Give Local America” with 120 community foundations across the country participating. Beginning at midnight on May 5, donors may give to their favorite organization by going to www.GiveOV.org. Giving online is simple by searching for their organization on the site and using a major credit card. The minimum amount to give is $10. The event concludes at 11:59 p.m.