Excitement abounds as participants celebrate the final total of the Shine Your Light campaign — $219,509.
“I’m thrilled with the result,” Mayor Barbara Bass said. “Tyler continues to be a community that cares about its own and support the nonprofits on the front lines of helping those in need. I’m thankful to be mayor of such a wonderful giving community.”
Representatives from the agencies themselves were rejoicing at the news as well.
“We are truly blessed to be included in the Shine Your Light campaign,” said Karolyn Davis, communications director for the East Texas Food Bank, one of the recipients of this year’s campaign. “We are amazed at how East Texans give year after year. The funds will allow us to provide food for children, seniors and adults who are struggling. Thank you so much to everyone who has given.”
More than $24,000 will be given to each of the charities.
Including this year’s total, since its inception in 2008, Shine Your Light has raised more than $800,000 to meet the most pressing needs in the community.
This year’s matching funds totaled $95,000, more than has ever been committed.
The matching fund partners are the Tyler Morning Telegraph, Mayor Barbara and Billy Bass, the Fourth Partner Foundation, ETCF Harold and Rosemary Beaird Fund, the Niblack Charitable Fund, Terry and Dennis Darryl, Citizens 1st Bank, Drs. SJ Vukelja and Lawrence Anderson, Dermatology Associates of Tyler, American State Bank, Herb and Melvina Buie and an anonymous donor.