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Stairways nets its best Erie Gives total

Thursday, August 25, 2016

On August 9, Erie gave. And Stairways received.

Stairways was one of the benefactors of a record-setting philanthropic outpouring during the Erie Community Foundation’s Erie Gives event.

Thanks to the generosity of 62 donors, Stairways Behavioral Health collected $8,050 — its highest donation amount in the six-year history of Erie Gives.

“It's a great day!,” Kim Stucke, Stairways’ Chief Development Officer said. "Stairways receives over $8,000 to directly assist our clients thanks to the generous giving on behalf of Stairways donors."

Stairways will use the money it received this year for the Client Wellness Fund, helping to provide clients with opportunities to achieve a healthier lifestyle and the Client Assistance Fund, which is designed to meet emergency needs for clients such as eyeglasses, mattresses and vocational or household items.

For the fifth straight year, Erie Gives, the one-day online charitable donation campaign that draws in contributions for Erie nonprofits and adds a prorated match, set records for the total amount raised ($3.46 million), number of donations (7,387) and matching donation pool ($250,000).

Stairways ranked 93rd out of 354 participating nonprofits in donation money received and 69th in number of donations. Stairways’ average donation was $120.

The Erie Community Foundation held a check presentation ceremony for all recipient nonprofits on Aug. 26. To see the full list of Erie Gives donations, visit www.eriegives.org.

Above: Stairways Development Specialist Juanita Gangemi (middle) receives the Erie Gives Check during the presentation Friday.

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