Posted on November 12th, 2015inMatch Day Coverage

By Jim Crees, Pioneer
Published Nov. 12
Used with permission

BIG RAPIDS — As members of fundraising organizations and groups left the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center following the close of the 2015 Match Day, Mecosta County Community Foundation staff and technical supporters stayed behind much later to wrap up figuring and cross-referencing the numbers.

And then, … one more donation was logged.

A single donation to the tune of $100,000 (officially confirmed early Wednesday) came in to boost the one-day total fundraising effort to more than $880,000.

BIG TURNOUT: Hundreds came out to the Holiday Inn conference center to donate and visit the various booths at Match Day 2015 put on by the Mecosta County Community Foundation. (Pioneer photo/Justin McKee)

BIG TURNOUT: Hundreds came out to the Holiday Inn conference center to donate and visit the various booths at Match Day 2015 put on by the Mecosta County Community Foundation. (Pioneer photo/Justin McKee)

“We are just thrilled,” said foundation Match Day event committee member Laura Rhoades. “I’m left without words at the tremendous generosity expressed in this unexpected gift.”

MCCF board member Tim Zehr explained the anonymous donors were a couple recently having moved into the extended Big Rapids and Mecosta County neighborhood.

“This couple had been invited to visit our Match Day gathering on Tuesday and to meet folks from throughout the community. They were so impressed with the giving spirit and cooperative effort that they wanted to be a part of the experience,” he said.

“They were excited by the number of nonprofits and organizations, so obviously working together to make Mecosta County a better place to live for all it’s residents.

“They were inspired to make a gift. In my experience with the foundation, we have never received a gift like this.”

The $100,000 will be placed in the Community Needs Fund within the foundation’s general fund.

“Every single person in our county will benefit from the wide-ranging use of these monies,” Zehr said.

“I — and every person involved with the foundation — am so very grateful for the spirit of community expressed in this gift.”