Hudson Valley Gives, the 24-hour fundraiser for local nonprofits, had raised $65,000 by early Wednesday afternoon, despite the fact that much of the mid-Hudson is involved in cleanup efforts from Tuesday’s severe storm.
Although the fundraising is continuing, the sponsor, the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan, had to cancel the event party, which was planned for the Newburgh Brewing Company.
Elizabeth Rowley, the Community Foundation's president and CEO, said the party was canceled because the Newburgh Brewing Company, located at 88 S. Colden St. in the City of Newburgh, has no power, and many participating organizations are involved with storm response.
Despite the storm, Rowley said, donations continue to come in.
“Many of our region’s nonprofits are providing emergency services to those in need, so we encourage the community to continue to support their efforts through Hudson Valley Gives,” Rowley said
Wednesday marks the Community Foundation’s third annual Day of Giving. More than 200 agencies signed up for this year's fundraiser before Friday's deadline.
Last year, 165 participants raised a total of $203,000.