It was a proud moment for the City of Great Bend during the City County meeting Monday night at the Events Center.
Mackenzie Mitchell, development and communications coordinator with the Golden Belt Community Foundation, presented a sign and check to Mayor Cody Schmidt. This marked the city’s earning the Most Generous City Award from the foundation’s eighth-annual Giving Tuesday held Dec. 1.
“This is very exciting,” Mitchell said. You guys do have a generous community.”
This was the second year for the Most Generous City award, which was calculated with gift totals by zip code per capita. Great Bend received a grant of $1,000 to an organization or project in that community. Francis said they plan to use the funding for the Police Youth Academy.
Overall, the Giving Tuesday effort garnered 1,000 gifts to support 93 local charitable organizations and endowment funds, raising a total of $183,345.25. The foundation covers Barton, Pawnee, Rush and Stafford counties.
The campaign ran Nov. 1-Dec. 1.
Giving Tuesday falls on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving. The 2021 installment is set for Nov. 30.