FRANKFORT, Ky (WYMT) - Kentucky Gives Day happened more than a month ago, but on Tuesday, nonprofits from across the state celebrated the success of that event.
In Frankfort, folks with the Kentucky Nonprofit Network recognized several groups, one of them from right here in the mountains.
Nonprofit organizations from across the state gathered at the Berry Hill Mansion in Frankfort to celebrate raising more than $440,000 in just 24 hours.
Executive Director of the Hindman Settlement School Brent Hutchinson was one of those in attendance.
"Kentucky Gives Day has been such a great thing for us to be a part of," said Hutchinson.
Hutchinson should know.
His nonprofit raised more than $10,000.
"We have donors from all over the state, really all over the country, who were kind of holding out waiting for us to have a big showing on this day. So we were really excited about that," said Hutchinson.
That accomplishment even won them an extra $1,500 in prize money to be used for their dyslexia summer school.
"This money will go to help sponsor scholarships for those kids. We have never turned away a child for their inability to pay. So this money will help to make sure that happens again," said Hutchinson.
Kentucky Nonprofit Network Executive Director Danielle Clore said she is thrilled to hear stories like this.
"That is what it is all about, being able to offer this opportunity for some of our most rural communities, our most rural nonprofits, who need it most," said Clore.
The Hindman Settlement School placed second in the competition among large nonprofits. Last year they came in sixth.