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ELLSWORTH, Kan.— In October, the Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation had an opportunity to receive matching funds from the Dane G. Hansen Foundation during what is considered ‘Match Month’.

To kick off the month, the Foundation hosted a kickoff fundraising event on September 25 called ‘Let’s Make A Match’, featuring a live auction, dualing pianos, and drinks and hor d’oeurves, where the community could attend and make donations to the upcoming Match Month. All donations were matched by 150% at this successful event.

The Foundation is excited to announce that it raised a total of $90,308.43 during their October Match Month. With the match from Dane G. Hansen, this will result in $165,308.43 to be invested permanently in endowments that support local area grant-making, the administration of the foundation and more.

“The Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation advisory board and their Match Month committee did a tremendous job organizing such an amazing and successful event,” said Lisa Newman, Greater Salina Community Foundation’s Director of Regional Affiliates. “Monies raised during their event and throughout the month of October will support local grant making efforts which directly impacts the service area the foundation covers. The outpouring of support from community members is a true testament to how much they value their community and their desire to make a difference in the lives of those that live and work in and around Ellsworth County.”