Gowrie Group organizes charitable challenge

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The Connecticut-based Gowrie Group launched its 11th annual challenge in an effort to raise $125,000 to benefit Shoreline Soup Kitchens and Pantries, which provides meals for Connecticut residents along the shore.

Last year the interfaith ministry distributed more food than ever before — more than 1 million pounds of food and groceries. This year its food pantries have seen an 18 percent increase in the number of neighbors coming for help and a 7 percent increase in the amount of food distributed.

In response, property-casualty agency Gowrie has launched its 11th annual matching challenge with a $25,000 donation to the pantries. Five local companies — LC Doane Co., The Safety Zone, Tower Labs, All Waste Inc. and Andre Prost — signed on as partner sponsors and are donating an additional $22,500 in matching funds.

Gowrie is challenging the community of local businesses and friends to help it meet and exceed its largest goal ever — raising $125,000. The 2014 Gowrie Group Challenge runs through Dec. 1.

"We are extremely proud that over the past 11 years we have raised nearly $900,000 to benefit the Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries,” Gowrie Group CEO Carter Gowrie said in a statement. “That equates to providing food for more than 2 million meals to our neighbors in need of food services. We greatly appreciate the donations made by so many of our clients and friends each and every year. I look forward to this year, our 11th year, being the most successful challenge ever."

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