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YWCA Raises More Than $15K During Annual Walk

More than 99 program participants walked during the Coldest Night of the Year fundraiser, collecting more than $15,000 to support YWCA’s housing initiatives.

The YWCA of Jamestown raised more than $15,000 Saturday during its Coldest Night of the Year Walk/Run fundraising campaign.

The Coldest Night of the Year is a national fundraiser held in February. The walk/run specifically supports local charities serving people experiencing hurt, hunger and homelessness.

YWCA officials said the local event has become a key fundraiser.

“Despite the cold temperatures, the CNOY event was a great success,” said Amanda Gesing, Jamestown YWCA executive director. “New this year, walkers gathered at the Winter Garden for a post-event celebration that included fire pits, s’mores, soup and music.

“The YWCA Jamestown would like to thank Falconer Printing for being a route sponsor for the Coldest Night of the Year Event. We had an incredible turnout of over 100 walkers who received pledges from over 226 individuals. Collectively we raised over $15,000.

Participants in Saturday’s Coldest Night of the Year fundraiser warm themselves and enjoy a post-walk fire. Submitted photos

“This event is quickly becoming a key fundraising event for our organization. I am eternally grateful for those who volunteered, walked and supported the CNOY event. Your support ensures we are able to continue to provide essential housing and case management support for women and their children in Chautauqua County.”

Nationwide, the walk had a goal of raising $1 million dollars; this year, more than $1,204,526 was brought in.

This year, more than 6,800 individuals comprising 1,066 teams and 961 volunteers worked in tangent to support the initiative. Moreover, there were more than 40 walk/site locations with 186 sponsors working to support this national fundraising endeavor, according to the Coldest Night of the Year.

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